Bryce Harper has skipped a lot of steps in his baseball career: college, his last year of high school, anonymity. Harper is that rare person whose talent is so outrageous that the rest of him has to catch up to it.
Maurice Sendak, author of the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," has died, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Publishers said Tuesday. He was 83.
A previously unknown piano work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was performed Friday at the maestro's home in Salzburg, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation said.
From Mozart in the womb to Chinese lessons in preschool, there are many parents eager to give their kids a jump-start on the sort of smarts our modern-day lifestyle equates with success. Sure, we talk about too much pressure, overscheduling, test stress, why can't kids just be kids anymore, dang it. But few of us are immune to the competitiveness that seems to have gripped every playground and preschool birthday party in America.
[Updated 3:28 p.m. ET Monday, July 25] The hills are alive with the sound of music ... in Salzburg, Austria!
You voted for prolific 19th century musician Ludwig van Beethoven as the most iconic composer of the western world.
Even as much of Haiti struggles to recover from last year's devastating earthquake, scientists have found some survivors who are coming back from the edge.
Given Nkosi, a rising opera star from South Africa, tells CNN about his rise to fame.
Armed with a powerful voice, young opera star Given Nkosi is one of South Africa's most promising singers.
A year after a fierce crackdown silenced erupting street protests, not many Iranians living in the country can defy the hardline Islamic government without fearing for their life.
Salzburg is forever smiling to the tunes of Mozart and "The Sound of Music." Thanks to its charming old town, splendid Baroque churches, and one of Europe's largest medieval fortresses, Salzburg feels designed to keep its visitors happy.
A "horrendous" early-morning shooting in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood left four people dead Wednesday in what police believe was a domestic dispute.
Whether they're overcoming odds to reach stardom, battling inner demons or dealing with tragedy, the personal histories of our musical heroes are made for the big screen.
The Screening Room's Myleene Klass looks at the rise of acclaimed British music biopics.
I wasn't a neat freak when I married, but I'd be the first to tell you that somewhere between having two kids under age 3 and the consequent explosion of Cheerios, teeny white socks, puzzle pieces, sippy-cup valves, and "Plastic Things That Play Mozart", I have lost my mind and changed my ways.
Seiji Ozawa is Asia's most successful conductor, a maestro in a quintessentially Western art form, and a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. But the affable 74-year-old is used to crossing cultural boundaries.
CNN got a closer look at the life of the colorful conductor Seiji Ozawa.
Satirical TV anchorman Stephen Colbert may not have a dog in this fight, but his name alone may have helped a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix puppy beat a 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Mozart is trying to win a million dollars for New Orleans recovery efforts. But the charitable effort by the 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel may be derailed by a dog named after the satirical TV anchorman Stephen Colbert.
We are always reinventing ourselves. In the beginning, when we are very new, we reach for gravity, adopting silly pinstripes and tight shoes.
So ill he could not move, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart supposedly sang parts of his final masterpiece, "Requiem," from his deathbed. Two centuries later, the exact cause of the Austrian composer's premature death, in December 1791 at age 35, is still a mystery.
The music isn't new, but the discovery that a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "almost certainly" composed it is a stunning revelation.
Chart-topping violinist David Garrett can play 13 notes per second. He shows CNN's Shanon Cook how.
Not every classically trained musician has the gumption to interpret Michael Jackson on the violin. But German-born virtuoso David Garrett re-imagines "Smooth Criminal" with such fervor that you'd think Jackson had intended the song to be played by the instrument all along.
If any European capital knows how to enjoy the good life, it's Vienna. Compared to most modern urban centers, the pace of life here is slow. Locals linger over pastry and coffee at cafes. Concerts and classical music abound. And chatting with friends at a wine garden is not a special event but a way of life.
Anne and Michael Harris were an "extraordinary" couple with a zest for life, their niece said.
Agatha Christie was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.
A Grammy-nominated classical pianist who wears personalized trainers, Lang Lang is one-of-a-kind in the world of classical music.
Pianist Lang Lang has a striking image to match a prodigious talent, creating a thoroughly modern classical musician.
Academy Award-winning composer Maurice Jarre, who scored movies including "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia" among others, died Sunday from cancer in Los Angeles. He was 84.
Given the economy, the number one question I've gotten lately from people is whether to go to Europe. It's true that many people will put off their trips for another time. But millions of globetrotters -- who see exploring our world as a way of life -- will find a way to keep on traveling.
With 50 million children studying a classical instrument, China is poised to become a world force in Western melodies
A French museum has found a previously unknown piece of music handwritten by Mozart, a researcher said Thursday
The director brings his signature horror flick The Fly to the Los Angeles Opera
In quick succession, I've been asked to lend my presumed wisdom to the following ascending questions:
Gas prices, traffic, kids screaming in the backseat.... It's enough to make you want to get out and walk. So why not do just that? At these 10 spots, there are no cars at all (unless you count golf carts).
The complaint that won't die -- my quickie evaluation of Brett Favre's career, as something that could have been even greater. No rehash of the old ideas here, just an attempt to address the new complaints.
Oscar night offers comforting awards and few surprises, as No Country for Old Men takes the top honor
Although the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival is in its fifth year, a first-time liaison with New York-based IMG Artists has fast-tracked it onto a new plane of potential.
The nominees for the 80th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills. Here's a complete list:
The Screening Room went to the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane in the heart of London's West End, where a spectacular musical version of "The Lord of The Rings" is enjoying a successful run, to meet Indian composer A. R. Rahman, whose blend of Asian culture with rock and Western classical styles has revolutionized the Indian film industry. And now Rahman is about to make his mark in Hollywood.
Being a child prodigy is no guarantee that you'll grow up to be rich, famous or happy. You might have a breakdown and fade into obscurity (like that guy in the movie "Shine"), quit the scene altogether (like chess maestro Bobby Fischer), or turn to a life of petty crime (insert the name of your favorite child actor here).
From bohemian to luxe, here are five boutique hotels with atmosphere to spare.
At Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., where the Jets are in the midst of their penultimate training camp at their year-round Long Island team complex. Starting in 2009, the Jets will move their operations to Florham Park, New Jersey, as part of their partnership with the Giants in the building of a new stadium in the Meadowlands.
However up and down the temperatures may be, it's springtime for violinist Joshua Bell.
As we look back on 2006, one question: Where did all the good teams go? What an ordinary bunch of pseudo-winners. Never mind even a wannabe dynasty. Oh, what I would give for another bully of a team, a juggernaut, a steamroller. Where are the monsters of yesteryear?
Lou Diamond Phillips pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery and was sentenced to three years probation for an incident involving his live-in girlfriend.
Santa Fe is a throwback. As other landlocked Western cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix grow at warp speed, this nearly 400-year-old town quietly holds on to its charm.
The consolation of great music is gathered quickly this week, from one end of this hot summer to another, and just in time.
A donor has given Juilliard his collection of 139 handwritten manuscripts, including works by Mozart, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Schubert and Sibelius.
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is known principally for the musical accomplishments of its 28 members. Based in New York City, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble performs Mozart and Stravinsky to rav...
Always a heavy, if lilting, presence on the classical scene, the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart may seem to be waiting on every headset you put on this year.
Sometimes listening to the old masters is what you do while waiting for the recording labels to catch up with the new work you'd rather hear -- Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, John Corigliano, the racing majesty of a Jennifer Higdon "City Scape," the nerve-wracking beauty of a Roger Reynolds "Shattered Landscape."
The world's most expensive meal.
A suggestion that the so-called "Piano Man" may be a Czech musician is a significant lead, the health trust that is caring for him says.
British police and social workers say they are no closer to finding out the identity of the mysterious so-called "Piano Man" despite claims he is a classically-trained Czech musician called Tomas Strnad.
Russia's Bolshoi Theater has sparked outrage by putting on an opera that some lawmakers and a pro-Kremlin youth group say is pornographic.
MOZART WROTE HIS final three symphonies in less than seven weeks. Today, thanks to advances in digital music technology, it takes nearly as long just to feed our audio CD collections into a PC, ext...
Long before the current wave of corporate malfeasance, former SEC chairman Arthur Levitt was pressing hard for serious reforms--the expensing of stock options and the separation of auditing and con...
On Jan. 1, the euro will replace many European currencies. In the fashion of new American quarters, one side of each denomination of coin showcases various European Union members' national icons--a...
It's hard to believe that online brokers have Steve Langdo's feathers in a ruffle. After all, he doesn't need a lot of hand-holding, and he doesn't want lots of fancy tools to manage his $350,000 p...
A hotel porter was in my suite and on his back, wriggling. I suggested he'd be more comfortable if he removed his tunic. "Oh no, madam," he replied. "I couldn't possibly."
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The ten-disk New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts, 1923 to 1987 (New York Philharmonic Special Editions, 800-557-8268) features the era's greatest conductors and soloists--and some truly ...
Lillian Micko had a vision. It was around five o'clock one evening last spring. She was pulling out of a McDonald's drive-through in her hometown of Mount Laurel, N.J. with her boys Danny, 11, and ...
After dropping out of two colleges, David Geffen landed a job in the mailroom at the William Morris talent agency by pretending he had a UCLA degree. The rest, as they say, is history. Geffen launc...
SOME GUYS will do anything for a laugh. Michael Smith has donned fake eyeglasses that make him look Japanese -- in a room full of Japanese people. At crucial junctures in sensitive meetings he slap...
The worldwide stock market surge is driving certain other markets absolutely mad. Van Gogh's Sunflowers, a Mozart manuscript, the Duchess of Windsor's jewels -- all have attracted record prices in ...
Until he took charge of France's No. 2 oil company, Total Cie Francaise des Petroles, almost three years ago, Francois-Xavier Ortoli, 62, had never worked a day as a businessman. But the former pre...
SPOILED BY the rich sound of Mozart on your compact disk player? Frustrated that you can't use CDs to record live broadcasts of the opera or the kids' rock band? Fear not, music lovers: digital aud...