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      Carl's Morning Quiz: Today is the 105th anniversary of the birth of the American composer William Schuman. He was born in New York City--and died there 81 years later. Schuman won the very first Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1943. He later became the president of the Juilliard School, and later the first president of Lincoln Center. His best-known orchestral composition is New England Triptych, based on music by William Billings. What are the three Billings songs included in the New England Triptych? Answer >>

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      Though the ‘regular’ performance season has ended, you don’t have to stop enjoying live performances. Summer festivals across the globe allow you to experience great performances with the artists you love all year long. Here are 15 festivals you should check out this summer. Can’t hop on a plane to Provence? Don’t worry. WFMT is taking you to more... more...

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      Today is International Friendship Day! Click to read more about some of the most famous friendships among composers in music history. Whether bosom buddies like Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, or something more complicated like Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, there’s no doubt that these composers enjoyed genuine friendships that would influence their personal and professional lives. more...

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      Tonight, July 31, is the second full moon of the month, or what we call a blue moon. Of course, a blue moon doesn’t really appear blue; rather, it’s their rarity that makes them special. According to numbers crunched by Western Michigan University, blue moons happen about 8 months out of 228, meaning there’s a 3.5% more... more...

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      Melbourne festival 2015: bumper lineup celebrates Orwell and Patti Smith

      Outgoing artistic director Josephine Ridge hasn’t shied away from politics and debate in the festival’s 30th anniversary program, which is strong on independent artists, stage collaborations and music

      It may be her final Melbourne festival, but artistic director Josephine Ridge isn’t pulling any punches.

      On Tuesday the outgoing artistic director unveiled her third and final lineup of performances and events for October. With an emphasis on art and politics, as well as cross-collaborations between genres and the independent sector, it carries a strong message for the federal arts minister, George Brandis, and his proposed funding cuts.

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      Edward Heath: abuse inquiry must unravel a solitary, private, man

      Liberal Tory, renowned variously for his pro-European stance, his intellect, the miners’ clash and scorn for Thatcher, was, off duty, a generous host - but still aloof to many

      Edward Heath was a proud and solitary man who found intimacy of any sort difficult and threw his intellectual energy into hard work, his romantic leanings into classical music. He was admired more than he was loved, but he was also loathed by many who never met him as the unbending “traitor” who took Britain into Europe. This week’s assault on his memory will please some.

      The clever son of working-class parents living in east Kent (his mother had been a housemaid), Heath rose via a scholarship to Balliol college, Oxford (“effortless superiority”) , and a brush –quite literally – with Hitler to become Churchill’s last deputy chief whip. Fifteen years on from that he became the first Conservative prime minister hailing from such an early-life unprivileged background.

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      Musical activism: Greenpeace is not the first

      Greenpeace is using music and a string quartet to protest against Arctic drilling. Plenty of other composers have written works that make meaningful connection between soundscape and landscape. Here are six of the best

      Greenpeace this week began what they’re calling “a month-long run of Titanic-themed orchestral protests against Arctic drilling”. “Orchestral” might be overstating and also underselling it, since this isn’t really about full orchestras playing for Greenpeace, and although classical musicians are involved, there are also bagpipers and brass bands and many other musicians.

      Related: Greenpeace performs Arctic requiem in effort to touch hearts over Shell drilling

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