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12-year-old cellist playing with orchestra in SD

A 12-year-old cellist has been sharing the stage with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra during its annual holiday concerts. Read more

Pipe organist still playing music at 82

Exchange Pipe Organ Player

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It's been over 50 years since one of her friends in the congregation at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church asked Virginia Knapp if she was interested in learning to play the church's pipe organ. Read more

Sam Smith, Taylor Swift own the night at Jingle Ball

Z100 Jingle Ball 2014 - Show

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If you wanted to make a time capsule of what happened in pop music this year, Friday night's Jingle Ball — the annual extravaganza held in Madison Square Garden put on by pop station Z100 — would most likely provide the most accurate account. Read more

Mississippi student wins suspension over rap song

A Mississippi high school student was exercising his right of free speech when he posted a rap song online that criticized two coaches he accused of misconduct toward female students, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Read more

Aldean, Keith to headline Delaware festival

Organizers say country music stars Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith will headline the inaugural Delaware Junction outdoor music festival. Read more

Motown's Temptations, Four Tops visit Oval Office

Obama The Temptations The Four Tops

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Two legendary Motown groups "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" for a little VIP access at the White House. Read more

New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon

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It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new civil rights-themed piece, "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement. Read more

Aretha serenades Swift as Billboard honors both

2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon

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It'll be hard for Taylor Swift top this as a birthday gift: A birthday serenade from none other than the Queen of Soul. Read more

Orchestra show, cowboy ball among weekend events

People throughout South Dakota have access to holiday entertainment this weekend. Read more

Cuba: Rappers targeted by USAID program 'victims'

Cuba Secret Hip Hop

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Cuban rappers targeted by a clandestine U.S. program are "victims" unknowingly swept into an effort to spark an anti-government youth movement, the Cuban government said Friday in its first reaction to an Associated Press investigation into the initiative. Read more

Director mourns 'Side Show' closing on Broadway

Theater Review Side Show

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Show business is fickle. Just ask the folks in "Side Show." Read more

Celebrities react to Golden Globe nominations

Golden Globes Nominations

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Stars react to the Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California: Read more

Baritone gets crash course for Wagner role

Opera Michael Volle

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In a bare rehearsal room three floors underground at the Metropolitan Opera, Michael Volle was learning how to move around on a set that wasn't there. Read more

Timeline of US involvement in Cuban hip-hop

Cuba Secret Hip Hop

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A timeline of USAID involvement in the hip-hop scene in Cuba. Read more

AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

Obama praises big $1.1trillion spending bill; says it's the divided government voters asked Read more

Rapper Young Jeezy sees weapon charge dismissed

People  Young Jeezy

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A felony weapons charge against platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been dismissed after a prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to support the case. Read more

Senator: USAID's Cuba hip-hop project 'reckless'

Cuba Secret Hip Hop

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A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "reckless" and "stupid," Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation. Read more

US co-opted Cuba's hip-hop scene to spark change

Cuba Secret Hip Hop

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For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Read more

Music producer Dupri's mansion in foreclosure

According to foreclosure documents, music producer Jermaine Dupri is losing his multimillion dollar Atlanta mansion. Read more

Gustavus conductor up for a Grammy

The newly appointed wind orchestra conductor at Gustavus Adolphus College is up for a Grammy. Read more

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