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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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      Orfeo review - achingly moving but hampered by clumsy staging

      Royal Albert Hall, London

      John Eliot Gardiner remains wonderfully alert to the joys and sorrow of Monterverdi’s masterpiece, and this performance was beautifully sung and played, but was let down by an awkward semi-staging

      Hearing Monteverdi’s Orfeo, John Eliot Gardiner says, is “potentially to be exposed to music’s power in one of its rawest, most concentrated forms”. The composer’s output has, of course, been central to Gardiner’s own work since he formed the Monteverdi Choir more than 50 years ago, and his recording of opera’s earliest masterpiece is regarded as a benchmark achievement by many. His Prom performance didn’t quite scale comparable heights, despite its often remarkable musical beauty. If raw, concentrated emotion was the aim, it was not quite achieved, largely thanks to an awkward semi-staging, for which no director was credited, and which sometimes got in the way.

      Related: Monterverdi's Orfeo: 'a brilliant and compelling fable to the inalienable power of music'

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      Elvis Presley to get an orchestral makeover

      A new record will feature classic Elvis Presley tracks with additional backing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra … and Michael Bublé

      Elvis Presley looks set for an orchestral makeover. A new album will feature the music of “The King” with fresh backing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, adding instrumental heft to classic tracks such as Love Me Tender, It’s Now Or Never and Burning Love.

      If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is also set to feature additional vocalists, with Michael Bublé, Il Volo and Duane Eddy all confirmed to appear on the record.

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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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