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The Mystery Theme? Pass the Popcorn! Guess the movie theme at 6:40 a.m. (What's playing at the Little Theatre, you ask?)

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When Worlds Collide: Classical Meets Pop Music

Jul 29, 2019

Fusion is a great thing – usually we think of it when trying that weird new restaurant or when the pantry is looking sparse and you really don’t want to go to Wegman’s. When it comes to music, you can find all kinds. I’d like to highlight some of the coolest classical-pop fusions the internet has to offer.

Reflections on the Moon Landing

Jun 19, 2019

The opera buffa Il mondo della luna was first performed on August 13rd, 1777 in Hungary. Written by Joseph Haydn (libretto by Carlo Goldini), it tells the story of an astronomer who tricks a rich aristocrat into marrying off his daughters. The astronomer does so by convincing the aristocrat he has been transported to the moon, and puts on a bogus marriage ceremony featuring the ‘Emperor of the Moon’ and the rest of his court (played by himself and the aristocrat’s daughters).

News from the world of Classical Music

It's not every day someone walks into our NPR Music offices and unpacks an instrument made in 1680. And yet Kian Soltani, the 27-year-old cellist who plays with the authority and poetry of someone twice his age, isn't exactly fazed by his rare Giovanni Grancino cello, which produces large, luminous tones. (He also plays a Stradivarius.)

And if you think the notion of a cello recital isn't exactly sexy or thrilling, just take a look at Soltani; he radiates joy and ingenuity as he performs three pieces that offer virtuosity, sweet lyricism and fire.

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"For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press."

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There’s a big renovation project underway at the George Eastman Museum.

The restoration involves the Colonnade, a passageway between the Palm House and the dining room in George Eastman’s historic mansion.

Museum Director Bruce Barnes says it’s a critical part of the museum since it is the only interior route between the museum’s main entrance and galleries, and the historic mansion and Terrace Garden.

But Barnes says it needs some work.

The Gateways Music Festival is in Rochester this week, capped off by a concert Sunday in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre.

The 125 musicians from all over the country rehearsed Friday morning, in advance of a preview concert held that afternoon, and among them was Amadi  Azikiwe, a violin and viola player based in New York City.

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