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Deceptive Cadence
12:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Making a Case For Casella

Alfredo Casella's orchestral scores are finally receiving well-deserved attention these days.
Chandos

Up until a few years ago, Italian-born, French-educated composer-pianist-conductor Alfredo Casella's greatest claim to fame in America was as the director of the Boston Pops in the late 1920s, preceding Arthur Fiedler. But that pales in comparison to the significant body of distinguished music he left behind that is receiving increased attention from record companies.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:11 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The 2012 Classical Olympians Puzzler

Some characters in classical music have Olympian athletic abilities.
Julia Vynokurova Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 1:52 pm

The grumbling of Londoners and the off-putting remarks of Mitt Romney are all but forgotten now as the 2012 Summer Olympics are in spectacular full swing. From here on out the race for the gold continues.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 27, 2012

Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin's current publicity shot, in which his controversial tattoos are not visible.
Bob Gruen courtesy of the artist
  • Russian bass-baritone Yevgeny Nikitin was tossed from his upcoming engagement singing Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival. It was discovered that he has had an enormous swastika tattoo on the right side of his chest and a Nazi "life rune" on his arm.
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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Faster, Higher, Louder

Pablo Helguera

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
11:50 am
Thu July 26, 2012

The Classical Kegerator: Pairing Beer With Music

A flight of beers to accompany some musical flights of fancy.
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:17 pm

Throughout history, beer has been the drink of the populace. Traditionally, wine was reserved for the upper classes, due at least in part to the limited area in which grapes would grow, the subtlety of the flavors, the sheer price of production. Barley, on the other hand, grows much more plentifully than grapes do, in a much broader climate. It can be made much more inexpensively and in much greater volume, so beer supplied a vast peasantry with something safe, sustaining — and delicious — to drink.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:06 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

In Aurora, An Uncommon Brain Saves A Young Composer's Life

Composer and violinist Petra Anderson, who was critically injured in the Aurora shooting.
Randall Gee courtesy of Petra Anderson

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 2:31 pm

Petra Anderson is a gifted 22-year-old composer and violinist who was critically injured in the movie theater shootings last Friday in Aurora, Colo. She was shot four times. Three shotgun pellets landed in her arm and a fourth nearly killed her.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:04 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Alexei Lubimov's Debussy: Less Dreamy, More Dynamic

Claude Achille Debussy in a 1909 portrait.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:10 pm

With the sesquicentennial of Claude Debussy's birth coming up fast on Aug. 22, you'd think there would be a small blizzard of new Debussy releases. This year, not so much; maybe it's a sign of the economic times and industry reality that there's no great rush to add the zillionth recording of such incredibly loved repertoire to the catalog. But every so often, a project comes along that demands a revisiting of music you think you know inside and out. This two-disc set of Debussy headed by Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov is just such a release.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:44 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Among all things official at the Olympics, like the flag, is music composed for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:24 pm

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Arts
2:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Rockford artist Jim Julin, 1956 - 2012

Jim Julin on the cover of Rockford Magazine in 1994.
Rockford Magazine

Rockford artist and craftsman Jim Julin died Sunday night after a short illness. 

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Deceptive Cadence
2:02 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

A Musician And The Audition Of His Life

To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani.
Sean Hagwell Mike Tetreault

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:18 pm

Earlier this year, classical percussionist Mike Tetreault walked onstage at Symphony Hall in Boston for the audition of a lifetime: The Boston Symphony Orchestra was looking for not just one but two new percussionists.

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