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Dolly Parton surprises audiences at Boston Common tree lighting, ‘Smoky Mountain’ musical

Dolly Parton stunned audiences across Boston Thursday night with her surprise appearances at the city’s tree-lighting ceremony and at the performance of her new musical.

 11-30-2019 Boston, Mass. 325 guests attended 73 Mistletoe Ball held at the Copley Plaza Hotel, the event raised over 100,000 dollars. The event is one of the longest standing holiday traditions in Boston. Since 1946, friends and family have gathered to share a meal and enjoy an evening of music and dancing as they kick off the holiday season. The Hellenic Women’s Club has raised over 2 million dollars in support of its established charities. L. to R. Angelina Spiropoulos of Quincy, Georgia Souliotis of Salem, N.H., Nikoletta Moutsopou of Quincy and Chrisanthee Coufos of Salem, N.H. Photo by Bill Brett for the Boston Globe.


Mistletoe Ball kicks off the holiday season at Fairmont Copley Plaza

Guests donned their holiday finery for the 73rd Mistletoe Ball, held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston on Nov. 30.

Channing Tatum on Monday in Melbourne, Australia. The actor-producer recently made an appearance at Harvard Business School.


Channing Tatum makes a special appearance at Harvard Business School

Tatum was a guest speaker at HBS three years after he took an executive education course at the school.

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Music industry calls for Black Out Tuesday amid unrest

The music industry is planning to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd and the killings of other black people.

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Mr. Diffie had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man.”

Former UAW president Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry’s dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.

A singing valentine, in four-part harmony

For decades, the South Shore Men of Harmony have been delivering musical messages to loved ones.


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A pop-up show and sale of heart-shaped works by more than 35 local artists is in the Arts League of Lowell Greenwald Gallery.

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Taylor Swift performed at the American Music Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Taylor Swift breaks Michael Jackson’s record with big night at AMAs

“This year has been a lot of good, a lot of really complicated, so behalf of my family and me, thank you so much for being there and caring,” said the pop star, who now has 29 AMAs.

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018 file photo shows James Taylor performing at JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration in Los Angeles. Taylor has a deal with the producer-distributor Audible for the audio-only “Break Shot,” focusing on his early years and end on “the cusp” of his 1970s fame. Scheduled for early 2020, the book features an interview with journalist Bill Flanagan and highlights from his music. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)


James Taylor to release audio memoir in early 2020

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter James Taylor is creating an audio memoir called “Break Shot” to be released on Audible in early 2020, the company announced Thursday.

The Green Sisters will perform on Nov. 27 at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.


What’s happening west of Boston

The Framingham History Center presents “Framingham’s Top 10” now through April 15.

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Bruce Springsteen plays a benefit show for Boston College

Springsteen played at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., to benefit Boston College, where his son was a student.

Bradley Jay, the host of

From rock to talk: Former WBCN DJ Bradley Jay connects with late-night audiences on WBZ

In the decade since WBCN went off the air, Bradley Jay has transformed himself from a rock-n-roll DJ to a successful talk show host.

MGM signs on with Red Sox for Fenway music hall

The parent company of the Red Sox said the performing arts venue targeted for the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich streets will be called MGM Music Hall at Fenway.


Rhode Island mansion near Taylor Swift’s home sells for $17.6 million

Looks like the pop star is getting a new neighbor in Rhode Island.

‘Last Christmas’: It is, and isn’t, a wonderful London

Director Paul Feig talks about the new rom-com, starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding.

FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photo Taylor Swift performs at Amazon Music's Prime Day concert in New York. Swift will be honored with the award for artist of the decade at this year's American Music Awards. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Taylor Swift to receive artist of the decade award at AMAs

The superstar singer will be honored at the American Music Awards next month.

The columnist and his daughter, only one of whom is wearing cap sleeves.


For a 3-year-old fanatic, there’s no letting go of ‘Frozen’

Somehow, my two daughters have multiplied to include Anna, Elsa, and the rest of the “Frozen” cast.

Fred Taylor (left) was greeted by jazz singers Paul Broadnax and Donna Byrne in 2017 at a party where he was honored for his years of work at Scullers in Cambridge.

Fred Taylor, impresario of jazz in Boston for decades, dies at 90

Mr. Taylor was a legendary promoter and booker of acts at such venues as the Jazz Workshop, Paul’s Mall, and Scullers Jazz Club.

10/22/2019 WATERTOWN, MA L-R Kim Leads (cq), Jason McStoots (cq) and Owen McIntosh (cq) rehearse for Blue Heron at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Blue Heron marks two decades of bringing early vocal music to life

Upcoming concerts are sure to demonstrate the group’s skill and diverse tastes.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Pink (R) and motorcycle racer Carey Hart attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Pink to perform at CMA Awards

Parton will perform a new song, “Faith,” in a gospel medley, and Stapleton will perform a duet with Pink at this year’s Country Music Association Awards.

23auction - Sib Hashian's drum kit, sneakers, and Japanese tour jacket are among the pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned off at the Hard Rock Cafe on Nov. 7. (RR Auction)


Sib Hashian memorabilia goes on the auction block to benefit scholarship fund

Drums, jackets, and other items that belonged to the drummer will be auctioned off on Nov. 7.

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2017 file photo shows Nicki Minaj at the 14th Annual CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Gala in New York. The chart-topping rapper announced Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, on Twitter that she “decided to retire & have my family.” In the tweet, Minaj she took a jab at her critics and asked her fans to “keep reppin me, do it til da death of me.” In July, Minaj announced she was pulling out a show in Saudi Arabia to show support women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. She also canceled her appearance at the BET Experience Concert earlier this year. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)


Nicki Minaj indicates she’s now a married woman

Ms. Minaj wants you to know she’s now officially Mrs. Petty.

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players performed with guest harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon on Sunday.

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With Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the harpsichord definitely isn’t Baroque

Harpsichordist Paolo Bordignon was the featured guest in the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’s 20th-century program on Sunday.

21-year-old Mahalia is in control of her ‘psycho-acoustic soul’ sound

The British R&B singer discusses starting young and her in-studio process, ahead of a sold-out Wednesday show at The Sinclair.

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Charli XCX (pictured in Atlanta) played Boston Thursday.

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At House of Blues, Charli XCX leans forward into pop’s future

The British singer’s adventurousness was on full display in a riotously fun stage show.

Boston, Ma., 02 / 03/ 09: Institute of Contemporary Art Museum,exhibit of Shepard Fairey, his first solo museum show with Obama HOPE, 2008 over the artists shoulder.. .( David L. Ryan Globe staff photo ) section : ARTS slug : 06fairey reporter Sebastian Smee 27yearend 27art Library Tag 01032010 Ed-Oped

Milestone mural brings Shepard Fairey back to Providence

The celebrated street artist returns to his artistic birthplace to paint his 100th mural, open an art retrospective, and speak at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design.

András Schiff performed the First Beethoven Piano Concerto with the BSO Thursday night.

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With rigor and fantasy in equal parts, pianist András Schiff returns to the BSO

The Hungarian-born soloist led works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók.

Conductor Benjamin Zander (left) and pianist Alessandro Deljavan.

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For Boston Philharmonic, a satisfying start to the 2019-20 season

Founder Benjamin Zander presided over performances of Mozart, Brahms, and Bartók.


Silky pajamas, custom suits, three kinds of tequila: Celtics toast new season at Tip-Off Gala

Decked out in a silk pajama-like getup, new Celtics center Vincent Poirier stole the show Thursday night at the annual Shamrock Foundation event.

18spongebob - Beau Bradshaw as Patrick Star, Lorenzo Pugliese as SpongeBob SquarePants, Daria Pilar Redus as Sandy Cheeks and The Company of The SpongeBob Musical (Jeremy Daniel)

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DELSONIDO will appear at Mass MoCA on Dec. 7.

5 reasons for music-lovers to hit the Massachusetts museum circuit this season

The concert scene is better than ever at the state’s largest art museums.

Chick Corea performing.

On the fly with Chick Corea

The jazz virtuoso comes to town with his all-star Trilogy trio, one of his myriad projects.

Boston, MA, 10/15/2019 -- EMBARGOED UNTIL 10am on OCT 16 - Roger Brown, longterm president at Berklee College of Music will be stepping down from his post in 2021. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 17Berklee Reporter:

Berklee president Roger H. Brown to step down in 2021: ‘It’s time to hand off the baton’

Under Brown’s leadership, Berklee expanded through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and beyond, opening a campus in Valencia, Spain, and merging with the neighboring Boston Conservatory.

Three jazz photography shows where what you see is what you hear

The Museum of African American History and Harvard’s Cooper Gallery showcase jazz photography.

Sergio Mendes.

Sergio Mendes and Bebel Gilberto bring back the bossa nova

Two of bossa nova’s longtime ambassadors, representing multiple generations of the music, will share the stage at the Berklee Performance Center.

Bon Iver at the TD Garden Tuesday night.

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At the Garden, Bon Iver melds past, present, and futuristic

Its ambitious set combined sound collage and Justin Vernon’s trademark falsetto vocals with an elaborate state-of-the-art light show.

Notorious B.I.G. (left), and Whitney Houston.

Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. nominated for rock hall of fame

The pair of late musical icons are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. See who else made the cut.

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Sphinx Virtuosi play in living color at Gardner Museum

The 18-member self-conducted orchestra includes some of the nation’s top black and Latinx string players.

Annabel Liddell with her Miss June bandmates (from left): Tom Leggett, Jun Park, and Chris Marshall.

Miss June frontwoman mixes med school with a degree in pop-punk

From the road, singer/guitarist Annabel Liddell spills details on personality quizzes, balancing med school with music, and what happens when women musicians get pitted against each other.

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys at TD Garden Friday.

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At TD Garden, the Black Keys keep it lean

The blues-rock duo served up 90 minutes of no-nonsense rock.

Anaïs Mitchell performed at Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

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In Somerville, Anaïs Mitchell traces her roots

Her show at Arts at the Armory was a homecoming of sorts for the “Hadestown” composer and playwright.

Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” Tour brought her to Boston Thursday.

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Carrie Underwood takes the wheel at TD Garden

The concert showcased the country superstar in full control of her music and stage presentation.

Guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk led the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

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Guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk leads the BSO to walk less-traveled paths

A Boston Symphony Orchestra program with no repertoire from Germany, Russia, or France? What will they think of next?

A work from Sophie Calle’s “What Do You See?” at the Gardner Museum.

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The ME2/Orchestra performs at South Station in a scene from the film “Orchestrating Change.”

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Conductor started Boston ensemble for musicians with mental illness: ‘I wanted to form an orchestra of people like me’

Ronald Braunstein left the “rat race” of conducting to launch the Me2/Orchestra in 2011.

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Idles leads a growing new wave of rowdy, strident bands from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia with something urgent to say.

From today’s punk bands, the sound of solidarity and outrage

Idles lead a growing new wave of rowdy, strident bands from the UK, the US, and Australia with something urgent to say.