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The Egyptian Museum in Cairo acknowledged on Saturday that one of its greatest treasures, the mask of King Tutankhamun, had been crudely glued back together after being damaged, but insisted the item could be restored to its former glory. Christian Eckmann, a German conservator brought in to evaluate the damage, told reporters on Saturday that the seriousness of the damage had been exaggerated.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again — still enigmatic but more easily understood — in the new documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will stage world premieres of six US composers' works in its next season including an elegy by Leonard Slatkin to his musician parents. The orchestra in December will perform the premiere of "Kinah" by Slatkin, who is the music director both in Detroit and at the Orchestre National de Lyon in France. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will also premiere "Symphony in D," a previously announced project in which city residents are encouraged to record noises which will be turned into musical form on special software designed by composer Tod Machover. Other premieres will include a flute concerto by veteran composer Aaron Jay Kernis and a cello concerto by Mohammed Fairouz, who is known for blending in Middle Eastern influences.
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - German tenor Jonas Kaufmann gave his legions of fans what they pay for in a revival of Umberto Giordano's French Revolution opera "Andrea Chenier" at Covent Garden on Tuesday that took on unanticipated relevance due to recent events in France. The 1896 opera is based on the real-life poet Andre Chenier, who was carted off to the guillotine just three days before revolution leader Maximilien de Robespierre met the same fate. "I made my pen a glorious weapon against hypocrisy," Kaufmann, as Chenier, sang at his trial held in a room filled with citizens baying for his head. With trappings including a huge on-stage banner saying "Citizens, our country is in danger," the timeliness of the production, which opened two weeks after members of the editorial staff of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were gunned down by Islamist militants angered by their portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad, was hard to escape.
Bjork's first album in four years appeared to leak online Tuesday, making her the latest major artist whose music was released early. Bjork did not immediately comment. Madonna last month released six songs from her upcoming album months ahead of schedule after early versions emerged on the Internet. Bjork worked on her latest album with Arca, the Venezuelan DJ known for producing rapper Kanye West and the rising British trip-hop artist FKA twigs.
By Jonathan Kaminsky WALLACE, La. (Reuters) - Life-size sculptures of slave children haunt the clapboard church on the grounds of the old sugar cane plantation, where ceramic heads of black men will soon sway on pikes in the Louisiana breeze. Unlike other plantation museums along the Great River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the newly opened and under-construction Whitney Plantation focuses squarely on the plight of slaves. While nearby sites highlight their antebellum architecture and the lifestyles of the white people who lived there, only 11 minutes of the roughly two-hour Whitney Plantation tour are devoted to the grand house where the German-American masters resided. More time is spent with the granite slabs bearing the names of thousands of Louisiana slaves, interspersed with painful snippets of their narratives.