How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’


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How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’
Mr. Cohen’s hymnlike 1984 song has become shorthand for Big Emotional Moment everywhere from “Shrek” to the Emmys.

Bibi Ferreira, Brazil’s Grande Dame of the Stage, Can’t Stop Singing Even at 94
This week at Symphony Space, Ms. Ferreira will perform her latest one-woman show, “Bibi Times Four,” including salutes to Frank Sinatra and Édith Piaf.

Review: With a Tribute to an Esteemed Organist, Simon Rattle Settles Into New York
Mr. Rattle, who will be a commanding presence in the city this season, started things off by conducting the St. Thomas Choir and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Review: A Happy Ending in LoftOpera’s ‘Così Fan Tutte,’ With an Edge
The production ends on a real note: Mozart’s characters learn all there is to know about the people they love, and they reconcile anyway.

Sounds of Venice’s Serene Republic Come to New York
La Serenissima, a 19-day festival in February, will offer a rich roster of early music presented by Carnegie Hall.

Critic’s Notebook: Philharmonic Shines in Live Unison With Films as It Kicks Off 175th Season
“Manhattan” and “West Side Story” were perfect choices for a season in which the orchestra’s New York identity is being celebrated.

Jason Aldean Debuts at No. 1 Following the Adele Model
The country star’s new album “They Don’t Know” isn’t available on any streaming services yet.

Louis C.K., Bruce Springsteen and More at ‘Stand Up for Heroes’
The event, which benefits wounded veterans, returns to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 1 as part of the New York Comedy Festival.

Review: A Sublime Survey of Baroque Music
The annual 4×4 Baroque Music Festival included stirring works by Bach and Handel, as well as pieces by composers who preceded them.

Review: Sept. 11’s Monumental Despair, Evoked by Solo Piano
A three-concert festival devoted to Michael Hersch’s chamber music closed on Sunday with Jacob Rhodebeck’s performance of “The Vanishing Pavilions.”

The R&B Duo Chloe x Halle Were in the Front Row of Tory Burch
They have gone from YouTube to New York Fashion Week, with a little help from Beyoncé along the way.

Songwriters Sue Justice Department Over Licensing Rules
The Songwriters of North America group said in its suit that a Justice Department ruling last month was unconstitutional.

Ibrahim Maalouf Gives His Trumpet a Human Voice
The musician and composer discusses his work, his evocation of strong women and the influence of contemporary politics on how his art is seen.

Lucerne Festival Theater Project Killed by Vote
Despite a $137 million donation pledged in 2007 to build a flexible theater for experimental productions, Swiss officials rejected the plan.

Rufus Wainwright Gets Happy at Michael Kors
A stumble by Bella Hadid not did faze Mr. Wainwright, who performed Judy Garland’s “Get Happy” and other songs.

Angelica Garcia: An Unexpected Conspiracy of One
Ms. Garcia’s debut album, “Medicine for Birds,” is deliciously unfaithful to the roots and country music that inspired it.

Danny Brown Shows Respect for His Elders With ‘Atrocity Exhibition’
His fourth album is coming out — with a new label, Warp — and this rapper says having input from people with more knowledge of genres “made this album better.”

Tom Krell of How to Dress Well, on Caring
The songs on his new album, “Care,” build dreamlike edifices of electronic and acoustic sounds and grapple with the complexities of love and human frailties.

App Smart: To Take Up a Musical Instrument, First Pick Up Your Phone
Apps can help you learn to play piano, guitar and other instruments through videos, interactive graphics and real-time feedback on your progress.

Alicia Keys and the ‘Tyranny of Makeup’
When the pop singer put down her lipstick and eye shadow, she shook up the internet.

Short Take: Everything’s Coming Up Daisies for Michael Kors
An unexpected performance and political statement by Rufus Wainwright cast the collection in a whole new light.

Album Review: Review: Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’ Uses Regret as a Selling Point
This R&B singer’s latest album includes his usual suave delivery and appearances by Rubén Blades and others.

‘Hillsong’ Casts a Secular Lens on an Evangelical Band
Michael John Warren, a director of MTV documentaries, has made a concert film about Hillsong United, a band backed by a Pentecostal megachurch.

Op-Ed Contributor: Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’
Why are white men poised to get rich doing the same thing African-Americans have been going to prison for?

The Grime Rapper Skepta Wins the 2016 Mercury Prize
This British rapper’s album “Konnichiwa” beat out releases by David Bowie, Radiohead and the 1975.

Norah Jones Returns to Her Jazz Roots
Her new album, “Day Breaks,” brings her back into the jazz fold following the countrified folk and low-gloss pop that marked her albums after “Come Away With Me.”

A New Season for Reshuffled, Mature String Quartets
JACK Quartet and Brooklyn Rider are bouncing all over town and tackling new challenges in a full calendar of events.

`: Tammy Faye Starlite, Inverted Country-Star Cliché, Strides Back
The persona played by Tammy Lang will hold forth with her blend of fake American wholesomeness and scabrous anti-right satire in a new show at Pangea.

Pop & Rock Listings for Sept. 16-22
A selected guide to concerts in the New York City area.

Jazz Listings for Sept. 16-22
A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City.

Popcast: What Will We Be Listening to This Fall?
Lady Gaga, Bon Iver and more: the pop music team discusses some of the most anticipated upcoming album releases.

10 Fall Pop and Jazz Albums (and One Festival) You Shouldn’t Miss
Our pop and jazz critics’ picks for essential fall listening, from Beck and Bon Iver to Billie Marten and Daya.

The Playlist: Kim Gordon Vents and the White Stripes Unleash an Outtake
The six songs and videos that caught our chief pop critic’s attention this week, from Sampha’s “Blood on Me” to Preoccupations’ 11-minute “Memory.”

Review: One Birthday Tribute (of Many) for Steve Reich
The composer turns 80 next month, but the celebrations have begun, including a Miller Theater concert featuring Brad Lubman leading the Ensemble Signal.

After Years Underground, a Subway Singer Gets the Spotlight
Alice Tan Ridley, who has sung in New York’s subway system for decades and is the mother of the actress Gabourey Sidibe, is about to release her debut album.

Prince Memorial Concert to Feature Stevie Wonder and Others
Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and John Mayer will anchor the Official Prince Tribute, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Judge Rejects Justice Department Ruling on Music Licensing
Hailed by the music industry as a major victory, the judge’s decision says the Justice Department misinterpreted a regulatory document that governs the performing-rights agencies BMI and Ascap.

Opinion: Because Punk Still Rocks
Four decades after the Sex Pistols, there’s a new crowd in the mosh pit.

Don Buchla, Electronic Music Maverick, Dies at 79
The instruments Mr. Buchla built represented what became known as the West Coast philosophy of electronic music: more experimental and less commercial.

Anthrax Is Still Here and Still Rocking
This metal band, which formed in the 1980s, brought its big sound to the intimate St. Vitus club in Brooklyn to raise money for Gilda’s Club.

Charmian Carr, Liesl von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ Film, Dies at 73
Ms. Carr was a big fan of “The Sound of Music” singalongs, calling them “a kind of therapy.”

With Women in Command, the Met Opera Addresses a Gender Gap
It’s a season of pioneers: the first opera by a woman at the house since 1903 and the fourth-ever female conductor there.

Review: AC/DC, With Axl Rose, Shakes the Garden All Night Long
Brian Johnson, the band’s singer since 1980, left the tour because of hearing problems, and Mr. Rose stepped in, but the focus remains on Angus Young.

Pop and Jazz Fall Preview: 105 Albums, Shows and Festivals
Autumn releases and concerts include punk and cabaret, club and metal, hip-hop and rock, and the indescribable. Oh, yeah, and Springsteen, too.

The Philharmonic Accompanies ‘Manhattan,’ Just as It Did in 1979
The New York Philharmonic recorded the original soundtrack to “Manhattan” in 1979, and this weekend it will perform the score live as the film is screened.

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