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Deceptive Cadence
4:24 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 17, 2012

Soprano Anna Netrebko in a 2011 file photo.
Thomas Niedermueller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 1:37 pm

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Arts
4:34 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Beloit International Film Festival

The Beloit International Film Festival is underway.  The event, which runs through February 19th, is holding some events on the Illinois side this year. 

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Deceptive Cadence
4:01 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Why Do People Hate Rap And Opera?

Opera and rap seem to hit a nerve with many music lovers.
Morozova Tatiana iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed February 22, 2012 10:47 am

So what's wrong with rap and opera? Not much, really. Except that last week when we asked readers to name their musical blind spots (genres or bands they ignored, either by choice or neglect) a distinct refrain emerged within the responses. Two examples:

"Oh, and by the way, rap is not music. It is mostly a bunch of meaningless drivel by people with no real talent and who certainly should not get paid."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

A New Twist On A Leonard Cohen Classic For Valentine's Day

Simone Dinnerstein, at NPR's Studio 4A, plays The Cohen Variations, a new piece based on Leonard Cohen's song "Suzanne."
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:00 am

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Deceptive Cadence
8:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Ernesto Cordero's Caribbean-Flavored Concertos

Composer Ernesto Cordero's concertos glow with the warmth of his native Puerto Rico.
Luz E. Acevedo

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 7:00 am

An all-star cast, including guitarist Pepe Romero and the legendary I Solisti di Zagreb, heads up these performances of three concertos by Ernesto Cordero. Born in New York in 1946, Cordero was raised in Puerto Rico where he teaches guitar and composition at the University of Puerto Rico. Each of these works is an appealing musical paella with Caribbean seasoning.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:37 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

At The 54th Grammys, A Short But Eclectic Classical List

Mezzo Joyce DiDonato hoists her newly won Grammy at yesterday's awards ceremony.
FREDERIC J. BROWN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:25 am

We've written quite a bit about the very significant cutbacks at the Grammys this time around (bye-bye, Best Classical Album!).

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Doctorow
6:40 am
Mon February 13, 2012

A Conversation with Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Science-fiction author, technology activist and blogger Cory Doctorow visited the NIU campus recently. Doctorow has long been involved in issues of privacy and freedom related to modern technology. His bestseller “Little Brother” focused on just those issues as a group of teens use the internet to battle government attempts to strip them of their civil liberties.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens had a chance to sit down with Doctorow for a conversation about the dilemma society faces in the Internet age.

 

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Deceptive Cadence
4:02 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 10, 2012

Benjamin Zander, lecturing in Davos, Switzerland on "Managing Complexity," was fired after 45 years at the New England Conservatory.
World Economic Forum

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:53 pm

  • Conductor, educator and lecturer Benjamin Zander was fired from his post at the New England Conservatory last month over his hiring of a registered sex offender as a NEC videographer.
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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Super Bass: Can You Hit This Note?

Composer Paul Mealor is searching for a voice that can hit a low E --circled in this fragment from his latest piece, De Profundis.
Paul Mealor

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 1:13 pm

Calling all basses: Decca Records is on the hunt for someone who can sing a low E, nearly three octaves below middle C. The note is featured in a new piece called De Profundis (Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord — Psalm) by the Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

I'm really attracted to the depths of the human spectrum," Mealor tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "We're seeking to find the person that can sing the lowest note ever written in choral music — and not just that note, but the solo in this piece for bass solo and choir. So we're looking for someone very special."

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Books
8:13 am
Mon February 6, 2012

A Tale Of Two Centuries: Charles Dickens Turns 200

English novelist Charles Dickens was born on Feb. 7, 1812. He was the second of eight children, and had little formal education.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 5:04 am

Charles Dickens — one of the most beloved storytellers in the English language — was born 200 years ago Tuesday. He was a comic genius and a social reformer whose novels made him famous in his own time, and continue as classics in ours.

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