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The U.S. House of Representatives has designated the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." The resolution recognizes the importance of arts education in fostering creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding and the importance of a well-rounded education.

Mark Nerenhausen has resigned as president and CEO of the new AT&T performing Arts Center in Dallas. Nerenhausen took the position in Dallas less than two years ago, after previously serving as the head of the Broward Center for the performing Arts.


The FCC has called off net neutrality negotiations, citing a lack of progress. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed the FCC craft net neutrality rules a year ago, and since that time several U.S. lawmakers have suggested that Congress, and not the FCC, should be the body to address this issue. Google and Verizon have also recently announced that they are close to an agreement on network management practices. A dozen musical organizations, including the AFM and the RIAA, have called on Google and Verizon to incorporate anti-piracy provisions and copyright protections in their joint proposal.

Music videos from Universal Group will no longer be available on MTV websites, including MTV.com, VH1.com, and CMT.com. Negotiations have broken down between MTV and Vevo, a joint venture between UMG, Sony, and EMI to concentrate all music videos under one roof.


Both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic will be broadcasting concerts in movie theaters this season. The Berlin Phil will broadcast its opening concert, under the direction of Principal Conductor Simon Rattle, to more than 60 theaters throughout Europe. The Philadelphia Orchestra has been simulcasting concerts in 55 assisted living facilities in six states, including Florida. In cooperation with Specticast and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the Orchestra will simulcast nine of this season's concerts in movie houses throughout the U.S.

South Florida's seven-year old choir Seraphic Fire has landed in the Top 10 classical recordings on iTunes. The choir's recording of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 reached as high as number 6, and resulted in the the choir being featured on NPR's All Things Considered.

The Metropolitan Opera has set a new record for opening day box office sales. The Met sold more than 24,000 tickets for the coming season on opening day, and the $2.6 million in sales is a four percent increase over last year.

The O-Lan Jones opera, "Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands," recently closed in LA after a two week run. The opera, a collaboration of 21 writers and 11 composers, was staged across 25,000 square feet of a vacant car dealership, with the audience traversing the 21 sets by train or on foot.


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