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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 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.
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."
Actor Rene Enriquez, who once rejected advice to change his surname if he wanted a career in show business and went on to make Lt. Ray Calletano on "Hill Street Blues" a role model for Latinos everywhere, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Enriquez died Friday at his suburban Tarzana home, the Henry Bollinger Public Relations firm announced Tuesday. His body was cremated the following day, said his sister, Violetta Enriquez.
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!
October 24, 1992 | From Associated Press
Rene Lachemann, third base coach for the Oakland Athletics the last six years, signed a three-year contract Friday to manage the expansion Florida Marlins. Lachemann, 47, has been fired twice from managing jobs--by the Seattle Mariners in 1983 and the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984. He had a combined record of 207-274. He was a coach for the Boston Red for two years before joining the Athletics. "I've been fortunate to be in five playoffs and four World Series," he said.
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