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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Today is Itzhak Perlman's 70th birthday--born in Tel Aviv on this date in 1945. He came to America at the age of 12 to study at the Juilliard School. Known as a violinist, conductor, and teacher, Mr. Perlman once appeared in a 1980 "Live from the Met" telecast with Luciano Pavarotti and Zubin Mehta. In what role did he appear in that telecast? Answer >>

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      Your High School Musical Memories

      Heading back to school means auditions are coming up, rehearsals will be starting soon, and before you know it, you’ll be practicing music for a holiday concert even though it’s not even officially fall! For many, one of the best parts of heading back to school is performing with school ensembles. We asked four organizations more... more...

      10 Operas About Poisonous and Medicinal Plants

      As everyone is poised for the corpse plant at the Chicago Botanic Garden to bloom, why not enjoy some music about poisonous and medicinal plants? Operas would be a lot less interesting if poison didn’t seep its way into their plots. Check out this list of 10 operas about poisonous and medicinal plants, taken largely from the research more... more...

      5 Women on Being Modern Women in Dance

      The 9th Chicago Dancing Festival presented its first ever Modern Women program, highlighting the important contributions of women in dance both past and present: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Kate Weare, and Pam Tanowitz, Crystal Pite. I spoke with women from each of the five companies on the program about women’s roles in dance, both as dancers and as choreographers. more...

      Barenboim and Berlin orchestra confirm Tehran concert plan

      Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel. Barenboim, 72, who is general music director of the German capital's flagship opera house, the State Opera, "is in talks with Iran about a possible concert in Tehran by the Staatskapelle Berlin," the house said in an emailed statement. more...

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      Concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko killed in her Manchester home

      Strelchenko, 38, who used surname Strelle, died from head and neck injuries at property in Newton Heath

      A woman who was killed in her home in Manchester has been named as international concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko. Strelchenko, who changed her surname to Strelle, died shortly after being found on Sunday by police and paramedics at a property in Newton Heath.

      A Home Office postmortem examination found that Strelle had died from head and neck injuries. A 48-year-old man, understood to be her husband, John Martin, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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      San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas review – Jeremy Denk is all fists on the piano … in a good way

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      American composer Henry Cowell’s Piano Concerto requires the soloist to pound the keyboard, but with wonderful orchestral support, the result is exhilarating

      We should really hear Henry Cowell’s Piano Concerto more often – after all, which pianist wouldn’t want to play the keyboard with their elbows? Imagine a romantic-era composer writing a concerto to be played by the hooves of a Lipizzaner horse, and you are getting close. The maverick composer’s 1928 work holds, in many ways, to the shape and feel of a classical concerto while reimagining the way the notes might be produced; the keyboard submits to a hail of fists and arms, but, buoyed by the orchestra, the clusters of notes produced are shaped into something nuanced and extraordinarily powerful.

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      Facing the music: Guy Barker

      From seeing Thelonius Monk and the Count Basie Orchestra at the Hammersmith Odeon to shopping for CDs and vinyl, the jazz trumpeter and composer reveals his musical pleasures

      How do you listen to music most often?
      I have a large CD and vinyl collection at home, which is where I listen mostly. These days I spend most of my time at home composing and arranging. During my touring days, I used Walkmans and then iPods. In fact, I’ve used every possible way to listen to music. It’s what I need so much. However, there is still nothing like hearing music live.

      What was the first record you bought?
      I remember the first three LPs I bought with my own pocket money when I was very young, but not which one was first. They were: Stokowski conducting Holst’s The Planets, Louis Armstrong in the 1930s and 40s, and the Beatles’s A Hard Day’s Night.

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