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NYC Ballet premieres Stroman work

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Broadway's top award-winning choreographer, Susan Stroman, has choreographed an evening-length ballet for the New York City Ballet that is one of the highlights of the company's year-long celebration of the birth centennial of its founder, George Balanchi
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP, Senior Editor, Arrts and Culture

Analysis: Choosing up sides on movie songs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- America soon will get another glimpse of itself as reflected on the silver screen, when a blue-ribbon panel selected by the American Film Institute ranks the 10
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Music men Feinstein, Webb tour America

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- When one of the foremost interpreters of the traditional Great American Songbook teams up with one of the outstanding songwriters of today, there is only one wa
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2003 with 50 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2003 with 100 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, May 11, the 131st day of 2003 with 234 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include cornetist Joseph "King" Oliver in 1885; Irving Berlin, who was born in 1888; trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, in 1906; bandleader, singer, trumpeter Johnny "Scat" Davis, in 1910; trumpeter, bandleader Tutti Camarata, in 1913 (age 90
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 10-16.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include singer Martha Bowell of the Boswell Sisters in 1908; pianist-bandleader Carmen Cavallaro in 1913; and Bob Seger in 1945 (age 58).
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 3-9.
By United Press International

Hollywood Digest

SHARON OSBOURNE SAID TO BE CANCER-FREE
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Court upholds copyright extension

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that Congress had the authority to extend copyright protection for 20 years.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Tommy Tune inaugurates new Shubert theater

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Tommy Tune has returned to New York after two years in Las Vegas to inaugurate the first new theater that the Shubert Organization has built in the city since 1
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Michael Feinstein's 'Holiday Keepsake'

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Cabaret king Michael Feinstein knows what he'll be doing for Christmas: playing host and entertainer at his own club in New York. He's been a major vocal attraction ever since he made his New York debut at the Hotel Algonquin's Oak Room a generation ago.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Ashanti gets five American Music noms

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Newcomer Ashanti led the field with five nominations when nominees for the 30th American Music Awards were announced in Beverly Hills Tuesday. Eminem and Nelly
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Irving Berlin
Composer and songwriter Irving Berlin photographed in 1968. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in history.

His first hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band", became world famous. The song sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Russia, which also "flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania." Over the years he was known for writing music and lyrics in the American vernacular: uncomplicated, simple and direct, with his aim being to "reach the heart of the average American" whom he saw as the "real soul of the country."

He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him "a legend" before he turned thirty. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "Easter Parade", "White Christmas", "Happy Holiday", "This is the Army, Mr. Jones", and "There's No Business Like Show Business". His Broadway musical and 1942 film, This is the Army, with Ronald Reagan, had Kate Smith singing Berlin's "God Bless America" which was first performed in 1938. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Celine Dion recorded it as a tribute, making it #1 on the charts.

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