Monthly Archives: September 2007

Want to Wear Beethoven on your Finger? Fork Over $1M

Gadget guide Guizmodo reports on a mad money-making scheme to create three, half-carat fake diamonds from ten strands of Beethoven’s hair and sell them on eBay for $1 million each. Read full reports here and here.

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25 or Younger? Get $10 Symphony Tickets!

News from The Charlotte Symphony released September 17, 2007: The Charlotte Symphony is committed to engaging a young audience in the excitement of live orchestral music. In a new twist to the old “Student Rush” idea, the Symphony will now … Continue reading

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All Fired Up at the Proms

This is video of sensational 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel leading the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra at the BBC Proms. Fasten your seatbelt!

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9/11: Music and Remembrance

There are dates that come along once in a generation during which something occurs – usually catastrophic in nature – that indelibly impresses the date in our collective memories. No one who witnessed September 11th, 2001, even from afar, will … Continue reading

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Nose Trumpet Composition No. 1

Is it nose noise or is it music? Some may argue this man had too much time on his hands. Others will relish the creative spark that fueled the following: Struggling to decide? Definitions of “music”–from organized sound to social … Continue reading

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Gerard Schwarz Named EMF Music Director

(From an EMF press release issued 9/5/07) Greensboro, NC – Samuel LeBauer, Chair of the Eastern Music Festival Board of Directors, announced today the appointment of Gerard Schwarz to the position of Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival & … Continue reading

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What is it about that tune, anyway?

The opening theme from Hugo Alfven’s Swedish Rhapsody appears to have caught the fancy of many a musician. Be advised: not all performances are created equally. Be warned: this tune will be going through your head for the rest of … Continue reading

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Pavarotti: A Sad, Sweet Farewell

After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at age 71. Read the New York Times tribute to the “Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era” here. … Continue reading

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