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      Carl's Morning Quiz: American composer Richard Rodgers was born June 28, 1902. After collaborating with Oscar Hammerstein II on the musical, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The King and I, he collaborated with Robert Russell Bennett on the score for a documentary television series aired on NBC in 1952-53. The series won Emmy and Peabody Awards. And a recording of music from the series became a best-seller on LP. What was the name of the series? Answer >>

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      Thielemann makes history as first music director for Bayreuth – with free parking

      The controversy-torn Wagner festival has appointed Christian Thielemann as its first independent music director. Unusually, this news emerged in the car park

      Christian Thielemann has been officially appointed as music director of the Bayreuth festival, according to the German broadcaster Deutschlandradio. His formal duties will be announced when the festival opens with Katharina Wagner’s new production of Tristan und Isolde on 25 July.

      A car-parking space sign saying “Reserved for music director C Thielemann” and erected outside the Festival theatre earlier this week gave a premature clue to the appointment. A Bayreuth spokesperson confirmed the rumours on Monday.

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      Erik Satie: a life less ordinary

      Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No 1 might be a pop classic, but there’s much, much more to the fascinating and eccentric French composer

      Film-makers have missed a trick with the life of Erik Satie. A biopic would have pretty much everything: the heart-warming story of a talented but strange man whose early failure and obscurity led to late-in-life celebrity; some acrobatic sex (literally – his one-and-only girlfriend had previously run away to the circus); strong language, violence, scandal and litigation (he was famously irascible, and was imprisoned over a spat with a music critic); the glamour of Paris, 1885-1925; more than walk-on roles for people like Stravinsky, Picasso and Diaghilev; the decadent Montmartre cabaret scene; oh, and a fabulous, ready-made score by the main man and his friends Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc.

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      Philharmonia/Dohnányi review – lithe, passionate playing

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      Christoph von Dohnányi can really energise a score, and brought great vitality to the orchestra’s season-closing programme of Bartók, Mozart and Beethoven

      Returning to the orchestra whose principal conductor he was for a decade (he is now its honorary conductor for life), Christoph von Dohnányi brought the Philharmonia’s London season to an end with this programme of Bartók, Mozart and Beethoven.

      After the interval came a grand interpretation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

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