Los Angeles, Oct 8 (AP/UNB) — Eagles are planning massive performances of their album "Hotel California" during their 2020 tour.
Performances of the band's 1976 album will include a 46-piece orchestra and a 22-voice choir. Organizers announced Tuesday that in total, 77 musicians are expected to be onstage while Eagles perform hits from the album including "New Kid in Town" and "Life in the Fast Lane."
The band's 2020 tour will kick off Feb. 7 in Atlanta and end April 18 in Los Angeles. Stops will include New York, Dallas, Houston and San Francisco.
The band recently performed the album in its entirety at shows in Las Vegas, the first time in its history that it had played the whole album in concert.
Tickets go on sale Friday on Ticketmaster.
Beijing, Oct. 8 (Xinhua/UNB) -- "My People, My Country," a film that draws on historical and classic moments since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in October 1949, has become the top-scoring film in terms of audience satisfaction among all the domestic films ever surveyed, according to the China Film Archive.
Debuting on Sept. 30 as a gift for the nation as the PRC celebrates its 70th founding anniversary this year, the film earned a record 91 points out of a total of 100 in the latest China film audience satisfaction survey covering three Chinese films that premiered around the National Day, Oct. 1.
It ranked first in terms of audience satisfaction among all the 267 domestic films covered since the survey was launched in early 2015, the archive said.
Featuring seven short stories and seven directors led by Chen Kaige, "My People, My Country" focuses on the seemingly distant yet close ties between individuals and the country, aiming to awaken the common memories of Chinese people around the world.
Co-conducted by the China Film Art Research Center, the China film audience satisfaction survey is a film evaluation system independent of the China film box office.
The survey adopts methods of on-site sampling surveys at theaters, online surveys of film industry workers and experts and big data analysis to comprehensively evaluate domestic films from the perspectives of screen depiction, ideological content and film popularity.
"My People, My Country" has grossed a total box office of more than 2.2 billion yuan (about 308 million U.S. dollars) on the Chinese mainland over the past eight days, according to the China Movie Data Information Network.
New York, OCT 8. (AP/UNB) — Some in the audience wore tuxedos and evening gowns, others wore jeans and sneakers. There was even a man wearing a black sleeveless shirt and blue suede cowboy boots.
The Metropolitan Opera began regular Sunday-afternoon staged performances for the first time in its 136-year history with Puccini's "Turandot," an effort to boost ticket sales and revenue.
"I love it. Outstanding," said E.G. Fisher, a 51-year-old New Yorker who was attending the performance with his 15-year-old daughter, Bella, a high school junior. "We get to watch the whole opera and don't have to go home early and do homework."
As part of three-year labor contracts agreed to in the summer of 2018, the Met has the right to present up to 17 Sunday matinees this season and 27 in 2020-21. Any Sunday show will be followed by a Monday off for both performances and orchestra rehearsals. And Tuesday-morning rehearsals will have limits.
"On a weekend people can relax and devote three or four hours that an opera takes," Met general manager Peter Gelb said. "This is not confined to the Met. Sunday matinees on Broadway have been hugely successful."
Last season saw 75 percent of tickets sold and 69 percent of box office revenue capacity realized factoring in discounts, down from 90 percent in the 1990s. The Met said 78 percent of Sunday's tickets were sold to paying customers and next Sunday's performance of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess" is sold out.
The Met has long presented seven performances a week from fall through spring: evenings from Monday through Saturday, plus a Saturday matinee. The Saturday afternoon shows have been featured since 1931 on radio, a series that runs from December through the end of the season. High-definition video simulcasts to theaters started in 2006-07 and now transmit about 10 matinees per season.
There were Grand Sunday Night Concerts from 1883-1944 plus the occasional Sunday-night staged gala, including the premieres of Herbert Graf's production of Verdi's "Otello" with Georg Solti conducting in 1963 and of Marc Chagall's designs of Mozart's "Die Zauberfloete (The Magic Flute)" in 1967.
But moving forward, there will be regular Sunday afternoons and fewer Monday evenings — traditionally the dressiest night of the week at the Met, with a marked increase of men in white tie and tailcoats.
"This will be a massive shift in lifestyle for all of us," said Brad Gemeinhardt, a third horn and representative of the Met's orchestra committee. "For those of us with families and children in school, we now have committed another weekend day to the Met, which means we no longer have a full day to spend with our families."
As part of the labor contract, orchestra members receive an additional personal day that, with the permission of the orchestra manager, can be used to be let off from a weekend performance. Because there are more Mondays off, the Met has had to alter its schedule of final dress rehearsals, which usually take place three or four days before the first performance of a run.
"That complicates the puzzle a little bit," Met assistant general manager for performance John Sellars said. "When you're doing grand opera repertory, you've got multiple operas in performance and have multiple operas in rehearsal all simultaneously, and you have to consider how many days rest in between performances singers need."
The audience gave a huge, louder-than-usual ovation to music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the cast highlighted by Christine Goerke (Turandot), Yusif Eyvazov (Calaf), Eleonora Buratto (Liu) and James Morris (Timur). The performance was dedicated to Franco Zeffirelli, who created the production in 1987 and died in June, and longtime Met tenor Marcello Giordani, who died of a heart attack on Saturday at age 56.
Molly Livingston, a 17-year-old aspiring singer from Knoxville, Tennessee, and her 54-year-old father Mark, who commutes regularly from Tennessee to New York for work, were attending their first Met performance.
"It's awesome," she said.
Her dad is reluctant to attend shows at night when he has work the next morning.
"It's actually kind of nice to come in the middle of the day," he said. "We had lunch before. Maybe we'll have dinner afterwards."
London, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) — The family of drummer Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the power trio Cream, says he has died. He was 80.
Baker's family said on Twitter that he died Sunday: "We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning."
Gary Hibbert, a media representative for Baker's family, confirmed his death.
Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world's most admired and feared musicians.
With his blazing eyes, orange-red hair and fiery temperament, Baker ranked with Keith Moon of The Who as the embodiment of musical fury and uncontrollable personality.
Beijing, Oct. 6 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Domestic disaster film "The Captain" topped the Chinese mainland box office on Saturday, the China Movie Data Information Network said Sunday.
It grossed 242.35 million yuan (around 34 million U.S. dollars) on the sixth day of its screening, accounting for more than 42 percent of the daily total.
"The Captain" is a cinematic portrayal of a real-life event that occurred on May 14, 2018, when a captain of Sichuan Airlines managed a safe emergency landing and brought home the 119 passengers and nine crew members on board safely.
Coming in second and third are "My People, My Country" and "The Climbers," two domestically-produced films screened in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
The two films raked in 241.03 million yuan and 71.84 million yuan, respectively.