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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yefim Bronfman cancel Hollywood Bowl appearance

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and pianist Yefim Bronfman have canceled their joint appearance on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Orchestra leaders said that Bronfman had to withdraw for medical reasons and that Salonen canceled for unforeseen personal reasons.

The concert will take place as scheduled with the same program consisting of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concert No. 1 and Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" Suite.  Conductor James Gaffigan will lead the orchestra, with pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

Orchestra leaders said that Bronfman's cancelation was due to an "unavoidable scheduling of a minor medical procedure." The orchestra had billed the Salonen-Bronfman joint appearance as "a rare visit to the Hollywood Bowl for both artists."

Salonen is still scheduled to appear at the Bowl on July 17 for a concert with the L.A. Philharmonic featuring pianist Yuja Wang. The Finnish conductor served as the music director of the orchestra from 1992 to 2009, and currently...

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LACMA, Metro discussing new museum tower on Wilshire Boulevard

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced plans this month to build a new wing spanning Wilshire Boulevard.

It also wants to build up — way up.

The museum is working on an ambitious proposal for a skyscraper near the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax Avenue, on land partly owned by LACMA across from its main campus.

Museum officials envision the tower, rising above a planned Metropolitan Transportation Authority subway station at Wilshire and Orange Grove Avenue, as having a hotel and condominiums. It would also contain LACMA galleries, including a new architecture and design wing and, potentially, architect Frank Gehry's archives.

"We're working with the other owners of the property and with Metro," said LACMA Director Michael Govan. "There's good reason to build a major development there. You've got subway access and density on Wilshire. My dream is some beautiful piece of architecture with an architecture and design museum at the base, which would add to Museum Row."

If built, the...

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Stax Records musical aiming for Broadway

Following in the footsteps of Broadway's "Motown: The Musical," the Tony Award-nominated jukebox production that opened in New York last year, Concord Music Group is looking to launch a musical of its own, telling the story of the rise of the Stax Records label.

The musical, which is being developed by Concord and Stuart Benjamin, is aiming to open on Broadway in 2016, though no dates have been announced. (Benjamin was a producer of the 2004 movie "Ray.")

Stax grew to prominence during '50s and '60s for its output of popular tunes by artists including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T.

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American Museum of Natural History is holding an adult sleepover

Having recently cleaned its big blue whale, the American Museum of Natural History in New York is ready to welcome adult visitors for its first 21-and-over sleepover Aug. 1.

The museum has hosted sleepovers for children during which the young visitors were allowed to roam the galleries after public hours. The adult sleepover -- which is already sold out -- is limited to 150 guests, with admission at $375 per person, and will include a three-course dinner, entertainment and a breakfast snack.

Visitors are expected to bring their own sleeping bags and comfortable clothes for sleeping; no pajamas are allowed. The museum said that guests will be able to sleep under its 21,000-pound fiberglass model of a female blue whale, which the museum recently cleaned -- a process that it streamed online

The museum continues to host kid sleepovers throughout the year for ages 6 to 13, with special nights for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 

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Vermeer painting 'Saint Praxedis' sells for more than $10 million

A painting attributed to 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer sold at an auction in London for $10.7 million (6.2 million pounds) on Tuesday. "Saint Praxedis," which depicts the female Christian saint, comes with a dramatic back story, including a debate over whether it was actually created by Vermeer.

The sale was part of a Christie's auction on Tuesday of Old Master and British works of art that brought in a total of $77.1 million in sales.

Christie's had estimated that the Vermeer would sell for between $10.3 million and $13.7 million.

"Saint Praxedis" was sold from the collection of the late Barbara Piasecka Johnson, the Polish-born domestic who became the wife of J. Seward Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson family fortune. Her inheritance of hundreds of millions of dollars from her late husband was bitterly contested by his children from his earlier marriages.

One of his children was Seward Johnson, a sculptor who created the "Forever Marilyn" statue that was a...

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Michael Lynton of Sony Entertainment elected to Getty Trust board

Michael Lynton, the chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment, has joined the board of trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. He is one of two recently elected Getty trustees, along with James F. Rothenberg, a financial executive who will join the board in January.

Getty trustees are elected for a four-year term, and can serve three terms. The board, which is currently chaired by Mark S. Siegel, supervises many aspects of the Getty, including selecting officers and overseeing general management.

The Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution that consists of the Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute and other constituent Getty organizations.

The British-born Lynton joined Sony in 2004, having held other top management jobs in the entertainment and media industries. At Sony, he is also the CEO and chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In addition to his new board position at the Getty, Lynton also serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum...

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Huntington acquires paintings by Robert S. Duncanson, Charles White

The Huntington Library has acquired two paintings by a pair of prominent African American artists, Robert S. Duncanson and Charles White. The works are gifts from collectors Sandra and Bram Dijkstra to the San Marino-based institution.

Duncanson's "Landscape With Ruin," which dates from around 1853, is on view in the Huntington's Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The work depicts an idyllic wooded landscape, with an old castle-like structure. 

White's "Soldier" dates from 1944 and is scheduled to go on view starting July 19 when the Huntington's expanded American art galleries open. The painting depicts a World War II sergeant in bold, confrontational colors.

White had a long association with Los Angeles, having taught for many years at what is now the Otis College of Art and Design. He died in 1979. 

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'Cats' to be revived in London, and maybe made into movie too

In John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," an urbane New York society lady is called out for having once dismissed the musical "Cats" as being an "all-time low in a lifetime of theatergoing." Her distaste for the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber production doesn't prevent her or her equally snobbish husband from jumping on board a planned movie version of the felines-in-leg-warmers musical.

As improbable as a big-screen version of "Cats" seemed in Guare's play, it could become a reality if Lloyd Webber gets his wish. The British composer said this week at an event for the upcoming West End revival of "Cats" that a movie adaptation is being discussed.

"There is considerable talk at last about 'Cats' being made into a movie so it gives me a chance to think about the material and how that can happen," Lloyd Webber said, according to a report from Reuters.

"Cats" will be revived on London's West End for a 12-week run starting in December at the Palladium. The musical opened on Broadway in...

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Bradley Cooper in 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway is delayed

The much-anticipated Broadway return of Bradley Cooper in a revival of "The Elephant Man" has been delayed by a few weeks, with the start of performances pushed back to Nov. 7  from a previously announced start of Oct. 18. 

"The Elephant Man," directed by Scott Ellis, is now scheduled to officially open on Dec. 7 with a run at the Booth Theatre in New York scheduled to close on Feb. 15. Organizers had previously said that opening night would be Nov. 13 and that the play would close on Jan. 18.

Organizers attributed the delay to a scheduling conflict. Cooper will reprise the role of a disfigured British man that he played at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012. The Broadway cast also includes Patricia Clarkson as an actress who befriends him and Alessandro Nivola as the doctor who takes him into his care. 

The play, by Bernard Pomerance, is inspired by the real-life case of Joseph Merrick, a 19th century Englishman who suffered severe deformities and who eventually became famous....

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'Black Orpheus' to become a Broadway musical

The movie "Black Orpheus," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959 and an Academy Award for foreign-language film, will become a Broadway musical under the creative guidance of George C. Wolfe and playwright Lynn Nottage.

Producers said Monday that the stage adaptation will debut on Broadway but they didn't announce dates. Wolfe will direct the production while Nottage, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Ruined," will pen the book for the musical.

The original movie, directed by Marcel Camus, updated the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice by setting it in the city of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. The film, which featured an influential music score, was based on a play by Vinicius de Moraes.

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Violinist Midori is expecting a child

Midori, the renowned Japanese American violinist who shot to international fame as a child prodigy and grew up in the eyes of the public, is expecting a child of her own. A representative for Midori confirmed the musician's pregnancy, saying that she is in her first trimester.

The representative declined to offer additional information on Midori's pregnancy. In recent years, the violinist has lived in Los Angeles and is currently the chair of the strings department at USC's Thornton School of Music.

The 42-year-old Midori has had to cancel some performances on advice of her physician, including concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Aspen Festival Orchestra, both of which were to take place this month in Colorado. She is still scheduled to appear later this month at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.

Midori, whose full name is Midori Goto, was born in Japan but has lived most of her life in the U.S. She gained international attention at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic.  She...

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San Diego Opera cutting costs as part of effort to achieve stability

As San Diego Opera continues to regroup and work toward mounting its planned 2015 season, scheduled to begin in January, the troubled company has put cost-cutting measures in place that are expected to help it achieve a measure of financial stability.

Last week, San Diego Opera held its annual meeting, after which it was announced that the company is moving ahead with plans to move its headquarters in an effort to save more than $400,000 in rent each  year. The opera's administration has been using office space in downtown San Diego's Civic Center Plaza, near its main performance venue, the Civic Theatre.

Opera leaders didn't specify where the new offices would be located, except to say that they will be nearby and will be smaller and more economical.

The opera has said that it has reduced its annual operating budget to approximately $10.5 million. In past seasons, the company has reported budgets of around $15 million per year.

San Diego Opera announced staff reductions in May, with...

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