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HARLEMS OFFER NEW SOUND At the 13th annual Sphinx Competition in February, the Harlem Quartet and Sphinx Symphony, under conductor Anthony Elliott, premiered Urban Legends, a concerto for string quartet and orchestra by composer Michael Abels.

NATHANIEL AYERS RECORDS ALBUM

Nathaniel Ayers, the schizophrenic homeless musician who became the subject of a series of LA Times articles and the Hollywood film The Soloist, is recording Putting on Ayers, an album that features guests Michael "Flea" Balzary of the Red Hot Chid Peppers and LA Philharmonic violinist Robert Gupta, among others.

STUDENTS GIVEN $500K IN INSTRUMENTS

The Fidelity FutureStage Music Program is donating $500.000 in instruments to schools across the country. Jamie Foxx. Joan Cusack. Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, and Houston Symphony Principal Pops conductor Michael Krajewski ushered in the program via simulcast in February with more than 1.500 high school students in attendance at concert halls in Los Angeles, Boston. Chicago, and Houston.

LONDON PHIL WINS JUDGMENT

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has won a High Court judgment for £2.3 million in an embezzlement case against former financial director Cameron Poole of Australia.

TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET RECORDS HENDRIX-INSPIRED ALBUM

The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet is recording a new project, Have You Ever Been . . . , which features arrangements of songs from Jimi Hendnx's Electric Ladyland 3/bum. as wel) as classics "Hey Joe" and this original suite "Tree of Life." at the Skywalker Sounds studio in California. The album is due to be released in August.

NATIONAL ARTS ORGANIZATION CHANGES ITS NAME

The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts will change its name in April to the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Guild says it incorporated "for" in the title to represent its mission of raising awareness and advocating support for the arts.

AWARD & ACCOLADES

The 36th annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Music Awards has awarded Fiddle Performer of the Year honors to Hunter Berry ot Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Bassfiddle Performer of the Year to Darrin Vincent of Dailey & Vincent, and Bluegrass Band of the Year to the Grascals. …

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