Camarena comes home
Mexican tenor Javier Camarena is making a quick trip home after hitting some high notes on the road.
On the heels of his rare encore at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in late April, Camarena, 38, is marking the 10th anniversary of his international career this week by giving his first professional performance in his hometown.
Accompanied by the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the Veracruzan University Chorus, he will perform a collection of the most important operas of his career by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini in a benefit concert for cancer patients today in Camarena’s native Xalapa, capital of the Gulf state of Veracruz.
Producers indicted in death
The producers of a Gregg Allman biopic have been indicted in the train crash that killed a film crew member
A Georgia grand jury has indicted film producers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in connection with the February death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.
Jackie L. Johnson, district attorney for Georgia’s Brunswick Judicial Circuit, which includes Wayne County where the accident occurred, announced the indictments Thursday.
Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years, according to Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a year’s jail sentence.
The death of Jones, 27, galvanized film crew members throughout the entertainment industry, highlighting longstanding concerns about worker safety.
Lohan sues game makers
Lindsay Lohan isn’t flattered that a busty, fair-haired character in “Grand Theft Auto V” resembles her – and she’s taking legal action because of it.
The actress has sued the makers of the popular video game series, alleging that the character Lacey Jonas is meant to be her in all but name. The highly successful game was released in September.
Lohan, who filed suit in Manhattan on Wednesday, said the game uses a voice, image and clothing style similar to her own, and that the character is, like her, besieged by paparazzi. Also depicted in the game is the famed Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, where Lohan lived for a time, the lawsuit notes.
Williams’ ‘Star-Spangled’ treat
American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.
Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual “Capitol Fourth” celebration in Washington. But this year, the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in performing a special new arrangement.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.
“A Capitol Fourth” will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. on PBS and NPR.
— From News wire services