Bob Dylan to perform in Sweden in April after Nobel no-show

Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan will perform in Sweden in April, offering the singer a chance to give the lecture that is a requirement for getting the $870,000 prize.

The media-shy Dylan declined to attend the Nobel ceremony on Saturday. But he is scheduled to perform in Stockholm on April 1 and 2 and in Lund in southern Sweden on April 9, his website said.

In order to receive the prize, Dylan needs to give a lecture within six months from Dec. 10. It does not necessarily need not be delivered in Stockholm.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary and member of the Swedish Academy that awards the literature prize, said that while the details remained to be sorted out, she was expecting something to be arranged with Dylan.

When British novelist Doris Lessing was awarded the Nobel literature prize in 2007, she composed a lecture and sent it to her Swedish publisher, who read it at a ceremony in the Swedish capital.

In a Nov. 18 statement, the Swedish Academy said a possible performance in Stockholm during the spring would be a "perfect opportunity" to deliver the lecture.

Bob Dylan sent a message on Saturday thanking the Swedish academy for awarding him the prize, an honor he believed was about as likely as "standing on the moon."

"I'm sorry I can't be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize," Dylan said in a speech read by Azita Raji, the U.S. ambassador to Sweden, at the Nobel banquet.

Dylan accepted the prize after frustrating the academy with weeks of silence following the announcement of the award on Oct. 13. But he chose not to attend the festivities.

In his place singer Patti Smith performed Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the award ceremony earlier in the day.

His absence has been widely debated in Sweden in recent weeks. One member of the academy accused him of being "arrogant" and "rude" as the singer remained silent after the award was announced.

Dylan, aged 75, still performs regularly around the world on what has been dubbed "The Never Ending Tour".

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Sir Elton John denies he will play at Trump inauguration

Sir Elton John will not perform at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, a spokeswoman for the singer has said.

Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Mr Trump's transition team, had told BBC HARDtalk that Sir Elton would perform in Washington DC in January.

"Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for the inauguration," Mr Scaramucci said.

But this was "categorically denied" by Sir Elton's representative in London.

"There is no truth in this at all," she told BBC News.

During the election campaign, Sir Elton had expressed support for Mr Trump's opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Performing at a fundraising event for Mrs Clinton in Los Angeles in October, he was reported to have told the crowd: "We need a humanitarian in the White House, not a barbarian."

Mr Trump had used Sir Elton's songs Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer - without the singer's endorsement - at his campaign rallies.

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Pablo Milanes Closes Festival in Coahuila, Mexico

Mexico, (PL) Cuban singer and composer Pablo Milanes closed with brooch of gold the Julio Torre International Festival of Arts, in Saltillo, capital of the Mexican northern state of Coahuila, reported press media Tuesday.

With 17 songs, some of them new, some of them not so new, the founder of the movement of the New Cuban Trova presented with six musicians in the auditorium to open air of the Las Maravillas Park in that city.

Pablo left himself be embraced by the chorus of more than three thousand attendees, according to newspaper La Jornada.

Applauses were heard from their first titles, and according to the newspaper, was a concert without pausing, with beautiful songs.

But Pablo and his musicians had to return to the stage to thank the public, with a famous song as 'Yo No Te Pido.'.

Pablo Milanes had not presented in a concert in Saltillo for seven years, and this time came, invited by the Government of Coahuila.

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Omara Portuondo Thrilled about Her Upcoming Concert in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, 85, feels today very excited about her upcoming concert in Los Angeles, included in her tour across the United States.

Wednesday Portuondo will perform at the Disney Hall along with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen and US violinist Regina Carter.

On her official account on Facebook, Portuondo said her whole team is thrilled with the idea of playing at the headquarters of artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

Omara Portuondo will also perform at the Balboa Theater in San Diego on October 7th.

This will be the final performance in California, where she already performed on October 1st at the Bing Concert Hall and on October 2nd at the Rohnert Park Performing Arts Center.

According to the program, Portuondo will continue her tour at the Sanders Theater in Massachusetts (12th), the Tilles Center for The Performing Arts in New York (14th), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in New Jersey (15th) and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington (on 17th).

On 19th she will perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on 21st at the Symphony Center in Chicago, on 23rd at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in Ohio and on 24th at the Adrenne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

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Puerto Rican Singer Víctor Manuelle Visits Cuba

Popular Puerto Rican salsa performer Victor Manuelle paid a cultural visit to Cuba over the weekend, when he spoke with various Cuban artists he plans to cooperate with in the future.

During his stay in this capital the musician spoke with maestro Adalberto Álvarez, singer Paulo FG and young interpreter Laritza Bacallao who

popularized on the Island the song Que suenen los tambores, a piece internationalized by the Puerto Rican artist in the homonymous CD, released last year.

It has been a very nice experience that has allowed me to share with musicians of this country I respect so much, he pointed out.

Victor Manuelle, popular for titles such as Hay que poner el alma and Dile a ella, announced that he would like to perform in Cuba and that he hopes to record in the near future a few songs with Cuban colleagues with whom he has already talked about future projects.

As part of his stay in Havana, he visited the set of the television program Sonando en Cuba, where he spoke with young contestants. (ACN)

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Viengsay in Russia: Standing Ovation

Moscow, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Viengsay Valdes' memorable performance in Don Quixote was received with enthusiastic applause by a Moscow audience at the 5th International Ballet Festival in the Kremlin.

Dancing with the State Kremlin Palace Ballet company, Valdes gave a Cuban interpretation to the Kitry character captivating more than 6,000 spectators within the Kremlin walls, who prevented her from leaving the stage for a long time.

Amid all the costumes of the performance, Valdes told Prensa Latina that the Kremlin Ballet version of Kitry in Don Quixote is totally different from everything she has done until now.

She added that in international events she had already interpreted Kitry in the Russian version of Don Quixote with Ivan Vasiliev, a famous Bolshoi dancer.

'This is the second time I am dancing in the Kremlin. The first time was in 2005, during the 80th anniversary of Maya Plizetskaya,' said Valdes, who is recognized as one of the best in the world in the interpretation of Kitry.

'On that occasion there was a Don Quixote performance combined with all the guest stars in the world, I came with Joel Carreno, and danced only a fragment of the first act,' she pointed out.

'Despite having done some very important things, this role was one of the most anticipated for me this year, as I have been psychologically preparing for it for a long time,' revealed the Cuban star.

The international ballet festival includes several classics like Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Bayaderas and is attended by important worldwide figures of ballet.

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Cuba's Septeto Santiaguero to Perform in Colombia

The Cuban traditional music group Septeto Santiaguero will give a concert on Friday at the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Theater of Bogotá, to promote its album No quiero llanto: Tributo a los Compadres.

The group will interpret genres like son, guaracha, bolero, trova and changüí, on a stage where they have performed on other occasions with very good reception by the public.

No quiero llanto... is an album produced together by the Septeto and Dominican Jose Alberto "El Canario", with which these artists pay tribute to one of the most important duos in Cuban music history: Los Compadres.

After the concert in Colombia, the Septeto Santiaguero will tour Europe from October 24 to November 9.

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Omara Portuondo to Perform in Colombia

Havana, Cuba, Sep 14.- Amor y Amistad (Love and Friendship), is the title of the concert that Cuban singer Omara Portuondo will give on September 17 at the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Theater in Bogotá, Colombia, as part of a tour she began in June.

With this presentation, the Diva of Buena Vista Social Club will be celebrating in the Colombian capital her 85th birthday and seven decades dedicated to music, announced several Web sites.

In June, Omara Portuondo started a tour of various European cities, such as Germasny, the UK; France and Italy, along with flamenco singer Diego El Cigala, in which they presented a repertoire that included music genres such as flamenco, rumba, son and bolero.

After this concert in Colombia, Portuondo wil perform in October in several U.S cities, among them Los Angeles and San Diego, as announced by the artist on her website. (acn)

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