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January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
June 6, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's safe to say that if Renee Fleming appeared on "American Idol" and sang "Hallelujah," the Leonard Cohen song immortalized by Jeff Buckley, and a favorite of "Idol" contestants, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi would not say she is "pitchy." "Thank you!" exclaimed the opera star, laughing. Dialing down her soprano to a tenor, Fleming sings a tender version of "Hallelujah" on her surprising new album, "Dark Hope," a set of rock songs by artists including the Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie.
July 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
If you find yourself in the jaws of an alligator, fight like your life depends upon it. Because it does, says a Florida alligator expert. Frank Mazzotti, a wildlife ecology and conservation professor and alligator expert at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center , offered up this suggestion and other tips for emerging in one piece after an admittedly unlikely encounter with an alligator. We asked Mazzotti for the advice after some unsettling news out of the Sunshine State: Two Florida residents have lost limbs to alligators in the past few weeks.
July 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Renee Denise Golabek-Kaye, 52, a concert pianist who was coached from an early age by her mother, the late concert pianist Lisa Jura Golabek, died June 12. Her family did not disclose where she died. Golabek-Kaye earned a master's degree at the Juilliard School and made her performance debut at the age of 18. Through her career, she performed at a number of fundraising concerts benefiting Jewish causes.
There's something eminently appealing about the way Renée Zellweger's circa 1953 New York City socialite dispenses with her philandering husband in the lovely little bit of nostalgia that is "My One and Only." She tosses some clothes in a suitcase, pushes the other woman out the door just for good measure, cleans out the safety deposit box, pulls her sons out of prep school, as soon as she can figure out which one they're attending these days, and sets off on a grand adventure nestled in the cushy leather of a baby blue Coupe deVille.
July 8, 2013 | By David Ng
President Obama is to present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients during a White House ceremony scheduled for Wednesday. Among the winners for 2012 are artist Ellsworth Kelly, soprano Renee Fleming, playwright Tony Kushner and Los Angeles musician and arts philanthropist Herb Alpert. In addition, Obama is expected to award the National Humanities Medal to 12 others, including theater artist Anna Deavere Smith and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara. Wednesday's ceremony is to take place in the East Room of the White House, with the president accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Kelly was the subject of an exhibition that ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last year.
January 29, 2014 | By David Ng
When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife  Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live orchestral performance. The New Jersey Symphony confirmed Wednesday that it will provide a recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that will play as Fleming performs before the game. The soprano also will be joined by a 32-voice group from military choruses and choirs, according to a Wednesday report in the New York Times.
June 28, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Matthew Morrison, the "Glee" star who's recently released his second solo album, is planning a duet for the rest of his life: He's newly engaged to Renee Puente, his girlfriend of two years. "An incredible night of LOVE @ejaf Ball," Morrison tweeted Friday, referring to the Elton John AIDS Foundation's White Tie and Tiara Ball, where the news was announced Thursday night. "I'm going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente. " The announcement was made from the stage by John and his partner, David Furnish, according to E!
March 22, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rene Assa, 57, a character actor who had a prolific career in films and on television, died March 10 in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Born in Cairo, Assa moved to the United States as a teenager. He began his professional career in the theater, participating in the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival as well as the Mark Taper Forum's New Works Festival. He performed in several Los Angeles productions of plays by Murray Mednick. Assa's film credits include "Walker" and "Postcards From the Edge."
November 2, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Quebec Premier Rene Levesque, a leader in the province's failed fight to secede from Canada, died of a heart attack Sunday night. He was 65. "He had heart problems," a Montreal police spokesman, Constable Marcel Allard, said. "He was rushed to hospital and died." Levesque reportedly suffered a heart attack around 9 p.m. while entertaining guests in his home. Attempts by ambulance attendants and doctors at the Montreal General Hospital to revive him were unsuccessful.
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