Fifteen months into the Trump presidency, the first state dinner, in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron, will be a big moment for first lady Melania Trump, who has kept a lower profile than many of her predecessors. "It's much more than just a dinner," said Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies and a forthcoming book about vice presidents. When it comes to state dinners, every choice from the china to the shape of the tables...
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in an immigration case that could create a profound precedent for some immigrants living in the country without authorization. The case, Pereira vs. Sessions , involves a man who has lived on Marthas Vineyard for more than a decade, and at the heart of the case is a document called a Notice to Appear. The notice is issued by immigration authorities and can stop an undocumented immigrants ability to apply for a particular form of relief...
Municipal leaders will meet this week in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with state environmental officials. The state is holding meetings to help cities and towns prepare for the impact of severe weather.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd9R9S6-9E4 Growing up as an avid violinist, Tchaikovsky 's Serenade for Strings was one of my favorite and most rewarding pieces to play. The fact that it was a staple in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet, where my dear parents, Ruth and Lamar Alsop were orchestra musicians, made it even more special. As a kid, I watched in awe as the dancers of the NYCB, under the brilliant and ever watchful eye of choreographer George Balanchine ("Mr. B"), brought...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kckxfwzz7cE Orquesta Akokán takes its name from the Yoruba word meaning "from the heart." The group's self-titled debut album, released in March, draws deep from the soul and history of Cuba, reviving the spirit of the big-band orquestas of decades past like Buena Vista Social Club and Orquesta Aragón. The 16-piece ensemble recorded in Havana's famous Areito Studio 101 at the state-run EGREM recording complex, where legends like Celia Cruz , Benny Moré and...
A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break. Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from Puerto Rico last fall — a sensitive time for her two kids.
Every two years, the aerospace industry networks for a week in Montreal at the Montreal Aerospace Innovation Forum. This year, seven Vermont aerospace companies were in attendance, looking for business.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells NPR that renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between his country and six world powers would be opening a "Pandora's box" that risks damaging U.S. credibility in future international talks. In an interview airing Tuesday on Morning Edition , Zarif says he hopes that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during their successive visits to the United States this week, will "impress upon President Trump" that the...
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Today, many composers don't perform on the instruments they write for -- they compose for other musicians. It wasn't that way centuries ago.