New Aretha Franklin Mini-Doc Details Creation Of Upcoming Symphonic LP [Watch]

first_img[Video: RHINO]In addition to the previously released “Think”, A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will also feature new renditions of “Respect”, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”, and “Angel”, along with Franklin’s versions of  “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” and “Let It Be.” Check out the full track listing below.A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra TracklistThink (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]I Say A Little Prayer (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]A Brand New Me (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]Angel (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Border Song (Holy Moses) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]Let It Be (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)People Get Ready (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]You’re All I Need To Get By (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Son Of A Preacher Man (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Respect (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) On November 10th, Rhino Records will release a new Aretha Franklin LP titled A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with the album pairing recordings of the Queen of Soul with new arrangements from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Last week, the record company released a fierce contemporary version of the tune “Think”. Today, a mini-documentary that details the creation process for A Brand New Me was released, showing what went on behind the scenes to make this collaboration between Aretha Franklin and the Royal Philharmonic possible.Aretha Franklin Reimagines “Think” With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [Listen]The recently released mini-doc contains interviews with the album’s producers Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, legendary musician Nile Rodger, and the Royal Philharmonic’s managing director James Williams. You can check out The Making of ‘A Brand New Me’ below.last_img read more

Frankie Keane & Vinnie Favale’s Hereafter Musical Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Hereafter Musical follows three women who have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have passed. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading, and they, like the living, also have a great deal of difficulty moving on. Keane will also appear in the cast alongside Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Michele Cabilian, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Hereafter Musical, a new show by Frankie Keane and Vinnie Favale, officially opens off-Broadway on October 25. Directed by Terry Berliner, the tuner is playing at the Snapple Theater Center. Hereafter Musicallast_img read more

B’way’s School of Rock Launches Search for Kid Band

first_img Related Shows Do you want to join the most famous kid band ever? Broadway’s School of Rock is launching a coast-to-coast search for its pint-sized rock stars. An open casting call will take place on January 24 at the Winter Garden Theatre, on the stage where the show will begin previews on November 2 and officially open on December 6. Hopefuls, aged 9-15, should bring a picture and resume (if available) and a pop/rock song he/she loves to sing. (An accompanist will be provided.) Hopefuls that play guitar, bass, or cello are encouraged to bring along their instruments and be prepared to rock out! Hopefuls that play the piano should prepare a rocking tune, and hopefuls that play the drums are encouraged to bring along their sticks. View Comments In School of Rock—The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. School of Rock – The Musicalcenter_img Based on the hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes. School of Rock—The Musical will be directed by Les Miz’s Laurence Connor. Check out’s exclusive interview with Lloyd Webber about School of Rock below. There will also be an open casting call for the lead adult role of Dewey (late 20’s to 30’s: “an original guy with a high pop/rock voice”) in L.A. on January 18. Dewey hopefuls should bring a picture and resume (if available), and those who play guitar or bass are encouraged to bring along their instruments and be prepared to rock out! Additional open casting calls for young performers for the tuner’s world premiere will take place in L.A. on January 17 at Screenland Studios and Chicago on January 24 at Actor’s Equity Association. Find out more information here. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

Pro bono work on appeal

first_imgPro bono work on appeal For Miami attorney James Blecke, it’s no big deal to take a pro bono appeal when he’s asked by the Dade County Legal Aid Society or the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project. It’s a habit of more than 20 years.And after all, in his view, the hard work has already been done by the pro bono attorneys handling the trial.Others have a different opinion. And that’s why Blecke, a partner at Deustch and Blumberg, was recently awarded the first Appellate Practice Pro Bono Award from the Bar’s Appellate Practice Section.“We nominated him [to the section] because anytime we have a difficult appeal at legal aid, he’s always willing to step in and take it for us pro bono,” said Sharon Langer, executive director of Dade County Legal Aid Society and a member of the Bar Board of Governors. “Not only does he take cases on a regular basis, he takes difficult cases.”Hala Sandridge, immediate past chair of the Appellate Practice Section and who announced the award at the recent Bar Annual Meeting, said the honor has a couple purposes. First, it is intended to let appellate lawyers know there is pro bono work they can do. Secondly, it points out that “we have many members out there who do appellate pro bono work and we want them to be recognized.. . . “We hope to start a long tradition in recognizing the accomplishments of appellate lawyers.”Both Sandridge and Langer said that Blecke handled the original appeals when Dade County set up its guardian ad litem operation around 20 years ago, the precursor of the statewide guardian program. He did the same for Dade County’s CHARLEE program, which provides services to foster children.“He helped get them started by doing their legal work and he structured them with free legal work,” Langer said. “They’ve gone on to provide valuable legal services all over the state.”She also said Blecke is always ready to take a case for legal aid, even if he’s already involved in another pro bono action or two. In the past two years, she noted he’s taken five cases.Besides that, “Jim did a number of pro bono appeals for our Public Defender’s office when budget restraints no longer would pay for them,” Langer said in a letter nominating Blecke for the award. “He stepped in when asked and served pro bono.”His service has already been recognized by Put Something Back with its Pro Bono Service Award in 1996 and its Outstanding Appellate Attorney Award in 1999.Blecke says others give him too much credit. For example, on the guardian ad litem program, he said there were natural differences of opinions between the guardians and the old Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services over what the proper role of the agency and guardians should be, so he represented the guardian program in the resulting lawsuits and appeals.Most of the issues were resolved administratively and amicably in Tallahassee, he said, because both sides realized everyone wanted to help children.And on his other pro bono efforts, Blecke sounds like he should have paid for the privilege.“It doesn’t seem like much,” he said. “It’s painless and I’m happy to do it. It seems like awards should be for people who make some sort of sacrifice.”Pro bono work, Blecke continued, adds diversity to his practice. “I’m dealing with issues and clients you never see in a paying practice. There is a certain practicality.”And with these cases he has the advantage of following the work of highly dedicated and skilled lawyers who did the pro bono work at trial.“I’m happy to handle the appeals because it’s so easy,” he said. “It’s the lawyers who donate their time in trial court who have it difficult.”There’s also the reward, he said, of getting interesting cases, like one he’s preparing now for Florida Supreme Court review. It involves the Rules of Civil Procedure and whether a trial date set at a calendar call constitutes sufficient notice for the trial. The ruling from the Third District Court of Appeal, which Blecke noted he lost, conflicts with an earlier ruling from the Fourth DCA, and has been certified to the high court.“To me, that’s part of the fun and excitement, where I am in the Supreme Court on a question of great public importance,” Blecke said. “Shoot, I’d do that for nothing. Not that many cases make it to the Supreme Court.” August 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Pro bono work on appeallast_img read more

Google travel sites hurt Airbnb in search results

first_imgThe Justice Department filed its long-expected antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet last month, alleging the company has unlawfully maintained a monopoly in search by cutting off rivals from key distribution channels. Alphabet rebutted the argument, saying it has plenty of competitors and that its services help consumers.Airbnb and Alphabet have one mutual board member, Ann Mather.Airbnb’s statements follow other travel executives who have criticized Google’s effect on the travel industry. TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer, a longtime critic of Google, told CNBC last month that he welcomes the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against the Alphabet search unit, saying the company uses “its dominance in internet gatekeeping at the expense of other businesses.” Expedia CEO Peter Kern also recently said, “We have no axe to grind against Google, except that we don’t think the marketplace is equitable.”Watch Now: Airbnb files for IPO Airbnb says Google’s search business has prevented the home-sharing company from reaping internet traffic, according to documents the company filed as it prepares to sell shares to the public.Airbnb allows users to book short-term rentals and experiences while traveling. Under the “Risk Factors” in Airbnb’s S-1 filing, the company said Google has favored its own products over the company’s, resulting in fewer online visitors to its website. In the last year, the Alphabet company has added more search features akin to travel websites, including for vacation rentals. “We believe that our SEO results have been adversely affected by the launch of Google Travel and Google Vacation Rental Ads, which reduce the prominence of our platform in organic search results for travel-related terms and placement on Google,” the prospectus states. Airbnb explains SEO, or search engine optimization, as the practice of tailoring content to appear more prominently in search results without paying for placement.- Advertisement – “We focus on unpaid channels such as SEO,” the prospectus states. “SEO involves developing our platform in a way that enables a search engine to rank our platform prominently for search queries for which our platform’s content may be relevant. Changes to search engine algorithms or similar actions are not within our control, and could adversely affect our search-engine rankings and traffic to our platform.”The company warns that continued problems with search rankings could force it to spend more on marketing. “To the extent that our brand and platform are listed less prominently or fail to appear in search results for any reason, we would need to increase our paid marketing spend which would increase our overall customer acquisition costs and materially adversely affect our business, results of operations, and financial condition.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc., speaks during an Economic Club of New York luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, March 13, 2017.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 4

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTake action against anti-SemitismThe large number of violent acts of anti-Semitism in recent weeks in the greater New York area is of great concern to the Schenectady Jewish community.It feels like open season on the Jews, and many of us are afraid. We live in a climate of “different than me is my enemy.” And this cycle has to end. Here are some suggestions of action items:1. All leaders, whether in congregations or in government offices or in community services, must speak out against anti-Semitism and violence.2. Each and every one of us need to be vigilant. If we hear others say something, even in jest, that reflects a hatred of Jews or others, stop them and call them out on it.3. Pledge to use your words with care and sensitivity to others.4. Do what makes you feel connected. Remember that we are never alone.5. Create opportunities in your community for Jewish people to share about their experience and about their faith. Ignorance breeds hate.6. Show up at solidarity events to affirm that anti-Semitic violence is not tolerated in our community.7. Do what makes you feel loved. Ask for love from others and share it back.If we want to end anti-Semitism in our community, the task belongs to all of us. Act.Rabbi Matt CutlerCongregation Gates of HeavenRabbi Rafi SpitzerCongregation Agudat AchimSchenectadyUnhappy with First Night experienceI regret having to write this, but Saratoga Arts and the organizers of the First Night 5k race owe me and a few dozen other runners a formal apology, if not a refund, for our pre-paid First Night buttons that were nowhere to be found at check-in.I was told by a young, poorly informed volunteer that they were “probably oversold.” Inexcusable.And after waiting in a deserted Skidmore parking lot for the promised shuttle that never came, I trudged all the way downtown, carrying two bags of wet clothing. (No, I don’t have Uber, and God help you on New Year’s Eve anyway.)We eventually did get our three buttons for which I paid over $50, but not until almost half the evening had passed and I was too spent to continue, so we drove home.Not the kind of experience TV viewers routinely see, but it’s the one I had.William CoxSchenectadyD.C. politicians are scamming taxpayersWashington, D.C., Democrats are dirty players.They have everybody’s heads turned to Trump’s impeachment scam.The Democrats did a sneaky Pearl Harbor attack on the 1.4 trillion-dollar spending bill on the American taxpayers.Who knows what’s in that $1.4 trillion spending bill.I am a conservative and American taxpayer, and like all American taxpayers, I have the right to know.Who can read 300-400 pages of the bill in 24 hours?Rush it before Christmas break, so as not to shut down the government.It’s immoral behavior again by the Democrats.There’s a saying, “Fool me once, it’s your fault. Fool me twice, it’s my fault.”The president should not have signed that spending bill.I guess we will find out in 2020 what’s in that spending bill that the American people are paying for.It’s the fault of President Trump’s, the Republicans and Democrats for pulling a fast one on the American people.There’s no way to read and understand what’s in that spending bill in 24 hours.David S. MattasGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

South Korean parliament closed over virus fears

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s parliament was shut down on Thursday and a group of lawmakers were in self-quarantine as the country recorded more than 400 new coronavirus infections.The South endured one of the worst early outbreaks of Covid-19 outside mainland China before bringing it broadly under control with extensive tracing and testing, but is now battling several clusters mostly linked to Protestant churches.Thursday’s 441 new cases were mostly in the greater Seoul area and are the latest in a series of near-six-month highs after several weeks with numbers generally in the 30s and 40s. Opposition parties also cancelled scheduled meetings. The photographer came in contact with around 50 people at the assembly on Wednesday, 32 of them party lawmakers and officials.The parliamentary shutdown is the second over coronavirus concerns, after a February closure when an attendee at an event tested positive.Thursday’s infection numbers were the 14th consecutive day of triple-digit increases and brought the country’s total to 18,706.center_img The National Assembly was closed after a photojournalist who covered a ruling party meeting on Wednesday was later confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.The result prompted more than 10 top Democrats — including the party chairman and its parliamentary leader — to undergo tests and go into self-isolation.After the meeting the reporter learned that a relative he had met at the weekend had tested positive, and he then had himself tested.Officials on Wednesday held late-night talks on how to handle the situation and ordered all parliamentary activities suspended from Thursday, with both the assembly and a building housing lawmakers’ offices closed.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgVarma, RobecoSAM, Vescore, PLSA, Standard Life, Unigestion, Schroder Investment Management, GAM, Generali Investments, Jetstone Asset Management, Rogge Global PartnersVarma – Pekka Piispanen, Casimir Lindholm and Eila Annala have been elected by the supervisory board of Finnish pensions insurance company Varma to the firm’s board of directors. Piispanen is a director of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland, Lindholm is chief executive of construction firm Lemminkäinen, and Annala is managing director of healthcare service company PlusTerveys. Annala has been elected as a deputy member, while the other two are to be full members. The appointments will take effect on 1 January 2017, the day after board chair Berndt Brunow’s term ends. Board member Veli-Matti Töyrylä’s term will expire then, as will that of deputy board member Mikko Ketonen. Four other members and deputy members’ terms are also due to finish at the end of December, but they will remain on the board.RobecoSAM – Aris Prepoudis is joining the investment manager as chief executive from 1 January 2017, subject to its Swiss regulator’s approval. He will take over from Reto Schwager, who has been interim chief executive since August 2016. Schwager will continue to perform as global head of private equity and a member of the executive committee. Prepoudis was until recently the chief executive of Vescore (formerly Notenstein Asset Management) and before that head of the institutional client business unit at Notenstein Privatbank. PLSA – The UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has appointed Jamie Jenkins, head of pensions strategy at Standard Life, to its Defined Contribution Council. Jenkins leads on strategy for Standard Life’s pension business and previously led its corporate pensions operation. He is a scheme trustee and sits on a number of regulatory and trade body councils and advisory groups. Unigestion – Miles O’Connor has been appointed chairman of the board of Unigestion UK, based in London. He was previously the head of UK institutional and head of EMEA institutional at Schroder Investment Management. He has also held senior management roles at Barclays Global Investors and was head of international business development at Bank of America/WorldInvest for six years.GAM – Gerald Saam has joined the asset manager’s institutional sales teams in Frankfurt, having previously been at Generali Investments Europe in Cologne for five years. Before that, he held institutional sale positions at Nomura Bank and Threadneedle Investments.Jetstone Asset Management – Igor Pikovsky has been appointed chief risk officer. He joins from Rogge Global Partners in London, where he was a senior partner and global head of risk. Before then, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley.last_img read more

Study links body clock to mood disorders

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Study links body clock to mood disorders by: – May 16, 2018 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 21 Views   no discussions PARIS, France (AFP) — Messing with the natural rhythm of one’s internal clock may boost the risk of developing mood problems ranging from garden-variety loneliness to severe depression and bipolar disorder, researchers said Wednesday.The largest study of its kind, involving more than 91,000 people, also linked interference with the body’s “circadian rhythm” to a decline in cognitive functions such as memory and attention span.The brain’s hard-wired circadian timekeeper governs day-night cycles, influencing sleep patterns, the release of hormones and even body temperature.Earlier research had suggested that disrupting these rhythms can adversely affect mental health, but was inconclusive: most data was self-reported, participant groups were small, and potentially data-skewing factors were not ruled out.For the new study, an international team led by University of Glasgow psychologist Laura Lyall analysed data — taken from the UK Biobank, one of the most complete long-term health surveys ever done — on 91,105 people aged 37 to 73.The volunteers wore accelerometers that measured patterns of rest and activity and had this record compared to their mental history, also taken from the UK Biobank.Individuals with a history of disrupting their body’s natural rhythm — working night shifts, for example, or suffering repeated jetlag — also tended to have a higher lifetime risk of mood disorders, feelings of unhappiness, and cognitive problems, the researchers found.‘Owls’ and ‘Larks’The results held true even when the potential impact of factors such as old age, unhealthy lifestyle, obesity, and childhood trauma were taken into account, they reported in The Lancet Psychiatry, a medical journal.The study cannot say conclusively that body clock disturbances are what caused the mental risk, instead of the other way round.But the findings “reinforce the idea that mood disorders are associated with disturbed circadian rhythms,” said Lyall.Measurements of people’s rest-work cycles could be a useful tool for flagging and treating people at risk of major depression or bipolar disorders, the researchers concluded.One limitation of the study was the average age of the trial participants — 62.“Seventy-five per cent of [mental] disorders start before the age of 24 years,” said University of Oxford researcher Aiden Doherty, commenting on the paper.“The circadian system undergoes developmental changes during adolescence, which is also a common time for the onset of mood disorders,” he added.Humans have been shown to be either “owls” or “larks”, corresponding to so-called genetic “chronotypes” that determine whether we function better at night or during the day.Last year, the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to three US scientists who pioneered our understanding of how the circadian clock ticks.last_img read more

PNP always a problem for any administration – Duterte

first_img “Historically, the PNP has always been a problem for any administration. Alam ninyo ‘yan. And I think that with the remaining two years, if I can just fix a third of what’s bugging the PNP, and that is corruption,” he added. MANILA – PresidentRodrigo Duterte did not hide his frustration over the Philippine NationalPolice (PNP), saying the institutionhas always been a problem for any administration.  Duterte has yet to name the new PNP chief after admitting that he has troubles appointing a replacement for Oscar Albayalde, who stepped down from his post in October. Among the candidates for the PNP chief post were PNP officer-in-charge Archie Gamboa, deputy chief for operations Camilo Cascolan and directorial staff head Guillermo Eleazar. In an interview with the media at Malacañang on Tuesday afternoon, President Duterte has given Interior Secretary Eduardo Año a blanket authority to fix the problems in the PNP.center_img President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. PCOO  “I have ordered Secretary Año to make the corrections… It is on his shoulder the future of how the police would behave in the coming years,” President Duterte said. Albayalde relinquished his post before his retirement age after he was accused during a Senate investigation of blocking the dismissal of 13 policemen involved in an irregular drug raid in Pampanga during his stint as provincial police chief in 2013./PNlast_img read more