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North Carolina Fan Church cancels concert to attend game

Country music hitmaker Eric Church canceled a show in Texas on Saturday to attend a Final Four game between North Carolina and Duke in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

As part of Church’s “Gather Again” tour, he was scheduled to play Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. The college basketball game takes place the same night in New Orleans.

Church, a North Carolina native and dedicated Tarheel fanatic, described her decision in a note to ticket holders as “the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked” of her fans, often referred to as the “Church Choir.”

“As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve seen Carolina and Duke fight over the years, but seeing them face off in the Final Four for the first time in NCAA tournament history is every sports fan’s dream,” Church said in an email. from Ticketmaster sent to fans.

Ticket refunds have been processed automatically, according to the email from Ticketmaster.

Katy Perry to narrate Elizabeth Taylor’s Authorized Podcast

Katy Perry is getting into the podcast industry, narrating a series about fellow superstar, Elizabeth Taylor.

“Elizabeth the First,” produced in part by Perry and the House of Taylor, is a 10-episode series about Taylor as an original influencer.

Topics include how Taylor negotiated the first million-dollar salary to star in “Cleopatra” in 1963 and building a perfume empire when celebrity-endorsed productions were neither common nor popular. Thirty years after its launch, White Diamonds remains one of the world’s leading fragrance brands.

The podcast will also discuss how Taylor has used her stardom to bring attention to HIV/AIDS and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. It should include rare stories from people who knew her best.

In a statement, Perry said of Taylor that “like most people, I was drawn to her glamour…I am inspired by her bold activism, her consistent boss moves through business, and through everything this, a shameless way to love – all things I try to live my own life It’s an honor to be able to share her story in this way.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will resume concerts in May

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko said on Wednesday she planned to resume performing in late May after announcing at the start of the war in Ukraine that she was “stepping back” from the stage.

In a statement, Netrebko also reiterated her opposition to the war and said she was “not allied with any leader of Russia.”

The 50-year-old opera singer said in early March that she “opposed this senseless war of aggression” and called on Russia to end it. “Now is not the time for me to make music and perform,” Netrebko said at the time.

This followed an Instagram post in which she condemned the war but also said that “forcing artists or any public figure to express their political views in public and denounce their homeland is not right. It should be a free choice.

Renée Fleming will play Pat Nixon at the Paris Opera in 2023

American soprano Renée Fleming will make rare operatic appearances as Pat Nixon in a new production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China” at the Paris Opera next season.

The opera is to be given eight performances at the Bastille from March 25 to April 16, 2023, the company announced on Wednesday. Musical director Gustavo Dudamel will lead a cast that includes baritone Thomas Hampson as Nixon and soprano Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao. Valentina Carrasco directs.

Fleming, 63, stopped singing central repertoire roles in 2017 but continued gigs and contemporary works, and she received a Tony Award nomination in 2018 for her portrayal of Nettie Fowler in Rodgers’ “Carousel” and Hammerstein. Fleming returns to the Metropolitan Opera in New York for the first staging of Kevin Puts’ “The Hours,” which opens November 22 in the first of eight performances through December 15.

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