By James Bash for The Columbian
January 23, 2015 10 a.m.
German composer Richard Wagner is known for big operatic works that require large orchestras and singers with massive voices. But not all of his music demands a full-throttle larynx and an armada of musicians. Believe it or not, Wagner wrote some tender pieces that rest on the quieter end of the musical spectrum. One of these is the "Wesendonck Lieder" ("Wesendonck Songs"), which will be sung by soprano Christina Kowalski at the Vancouver Symphony's first concert of 2015.
By RYAN PEARSON, Associated Press
January 17, 2015 6 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry says her female empowerment anthems make her the ideal Super Bowl halftime performer after an NFL season shadowed by highly publicized domestic violence cases involving players.
By Neal Justin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
January 16, 2015 6 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — If anyone knows pop music icons, it's Angela Bassett. Her portrayal of Tina Turner in 1993's "What's Love Got to Do With It" gave her an Oscar nomination and nudged her onto the list of Hollywood's most formidable actresses.
By Justin Moyer, The Washington Post
January 10, 2015 6 a.m.
For at least the third time, Sir Paul McCartney has teamed up with a young African-American man for a hit. McCartney and Kanye West just released "Only One," a tribute to West's deceased mother, on iTunes and West's website.