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2nd woman dies after being struck by car at Ohio concert

A second woman has died after a car drove into a crowd of dancers last month at a community concert in suburban Cleveland.

Parma Heights police say 68-year-old Hinckley resident Nancy Gielas died Monday at a hospital.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County medical examiner's office says another woman, 61-year-old Parma Heights resident Kathleen McDonald, died of heart failure during surgery for a broken leg two days after the Aug. 21 incident.

Police say a 74-year-old woman leaving the concert pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake while pulling out of a parking space and drove onto a makeshift dance floor in a parking lot. Nine people were initially reported injured, including the driver.

A police spokesman has said the driver likely will be charged criminally.

Jean Shepard's Funeral Arrangements Announced

The details of Jean Shepard's visitation and burial have been released.

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Rory Feek Shares Daughter Indiana's Pneumonia Scare

A good country doctor and some creative medicine helped Rory Feek’s 2-year-old daughter Indiana as she struggled to breathe.

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Kellie Pickler Gets Pranked by Ellen DeGeneres … and a Geisha [Watch]

Nearly a month away from Halloween, Ellen DeGeneres is getting screams out of her guests each day on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Her latest victim? Kellie Pickler.

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Garth Brooks Celebrates Seven Diamond-Studded Albums [Watch]

Garth Brooks' 2016 will go down in the history books. Now in the second year of his Garth Brooks World Tour, the country icon has a new big achievement to celebrate: seven diamond-certified albums.

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Garth Brooks Makes History With His Seventh Diamond-Certified Album

Garth Brooks is the first artist to have seven diamond-certified records according to the RIAA.

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Battered, Bruised, But Still Smiling: The Evolution of Florida Georgia Line

Call them the “Cruise” guys if you’d like, but Florida Georgia Line's new Dig Your Roots album proves Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley's story is deeper, darker and much more complex. In the face of criticism, they keep growing. Continue reading…

Country Artists React to First 2016 Presidential Debate

The two nominees in the 2016 presidential race squared off in their first live debate on Monday night (Sept. 26), and a number of country stars turned to Twitter to share their thoughts on the televised contest.

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Country Stars React to First 2016 Presidential Debate

The two nominees in the 2016 presidential race squared off in their first live debate on Monday night (Sept. 26), and a number of country stars turned to Twitter to share their thoughts on the televised contest.

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'Tristan' makes Rattle want to 'curl up in a fetal position'

Simon Rattle thought back to his first staged performance of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" in Amsterdam in 2001.

"I remember wanting to lie down on the rostrum and curl up in a fetal position and sob," he said. "While every bone of my body was asking me to do that, the rest of me was saying, no, actually you have to be professional and keep on conducting."

Wagner's hypnotic love story, composed from 1857-59 and premiered in 1865, returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night in a psychologically fascinating, nautically centered contemporary staging by the Polish director Mariusz Trelinski. The run, marking 50 years since the new house at Lincoln Center opened, continues for a month, and the Oct. 8 matinee will be telecast to movie theaters around the globe.

"Tristan" had not opened a Met season since 1937 and before this staging Rattle had not conducted a full performance since 2009 in Vienna.

Composed during Wagner's affair with Mathilde Wesendonck, Wagner's "Tristan" was a musical landmark for its chromaticism. Rattle says Wagner's transformation is evident from the autograph score.

"His handwriting was famously beautiful and accurate, and sometimes he even used to send his musical handwriting to ladies as a kind of seduction tool," he said. "When you look at the manuscript of 'Tristan,' it simply doesn't do that at all. I mean, it is perfectly legible, but it's obviously done at such burning haste. It's like one of the great biographers of Wordsworth said, he didn't so much write poems as vomit them out. And it looks as though some other power has taken him over."

Wagner set the first act on Tristan's ship, the second outside King Marke's castle in Cornwall and the third at Tristan's castle in Brittany. Trelinksi and set designer Boris Kudlicka move all three acts to an ominous, dark and starkly lit warship, setting the first in cabins, the second on the bridge and in a lower-deck weapons bay, and the third in sickbay, where Tristan drifts in and out of consciousness and has flashbacks to his youth that include a doppelganger boy.

Sonar is a frequent backdrop for Trelinski along with Bartek Macias' projections of waves, flames, black suns and the Northern Lights. This production evokes Peter Sellars' 2005 Paris staging dominated by Bill Viola videos, and Lars von Trier's 2011 film "Melancholia."

Trelinski takes liberties with Wagner's stage directions. Rather than allowing Melot to stab him, Tristan shoots himself with a pistol, and Isolde slits a wrist before the Liebestod. When the production appeared in Warsaw in June, the Liebestod was sung at a newly created state funeral procession for Tristan. At the Met, Trelinski reverted to the staging used at the March premiere in Baden-Baden, Germany, where Isolde sings to Tristan's dead body slumped in a chair.

Rattle decided on a second-act cut that reduces the love duet by about 10 minutes to a half-hour. The previous staging by Dieter Dorn that was used from 1999-2008, was always performed uncut by James Levine and then Daniel Barenboim.

Rattle said last week "I've been begging the orchestra to be more like chiffon than wool," and after a pulsating, glistening rendition he was greeted by overwhelming cheers and applause. Some boos were mixed in for Trelinski.

Tenor Stuart Skelton (Tristan), soprano Nina Stemme (Isolde) and bass Rene Pape (King Marke) also received bravos. Stemme, dressed at times walking through fog in a trench coat (think Lauren Bacall) had a glorious, if sometimes unemotional sheen to her voice. Skelton became slightly gravelly in the third act.

"What is asked of the tenor is beyond anything the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals should allow," Rattle said.

His tenure as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, which began in 2002, ends in 2018, and he starts next September as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. He said plans for a new hall on the Museum of London site near St. Paul's Cathedral may be put on hold because of the Brexit decision by British voters. Rattle plans to return to the Met for a pair of productions in three years

To prepare for "Tristan," he studied the marked-up conducting scores of Gustav Mahler and Wilhelm Furtwaengler.

"A mine of information," Rattle said. "I can't get them on the phone. The Wi-Fi situation where they are is problematic."

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