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7 June: George Szell Was Born
One of the greatest concert and opera conductors of the 20th century, George Szell was a child prodigy. Educated in Vienna, Szell made his conducting debut at the age of 16 with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and he was appointed
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Violins vs. Fiddles: What’s the Difference?
The words “violin” and “fiddle” are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing: i.e., a musical instrument with four strings and played under the chin with a bow. However, even though the instruments are almost identical, that doesn’t
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5 June: Sandrine Piau Was Born
Sandrine Piau initially made her name by working with William Christie in the field of Baroque music. Today, she commands a formidably wide-ranging repertoire, embracing operatic roles from Mozart to Poulenc and from Debussy to Britten. She also takes pleasure
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4 June: Cecilia Bartoli Was Born
One of the most popular artists of our time, Cecilia Bartoli has sold more than ten million audio and video recordings worldwide. She created the Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation in 2018, aiming to bring classical music to a wider audience
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Verdi’s Requiem at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville
In one of their recent issues, the BBC Music Magazine published an article on the most famous Requiems. Jeremy Pound asked composer Michael John Trotta, who had recently completed his own Requiem, to name his favorite. At first Trotta replied
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3 June: Kian Soltani Was Born
His playing has been characterised by a depth of expression, sense of individuality, and technical mastery. But what is more, cellist Kian Soltani convinces with a charismatic stage presence and his ability to create an immediate emotional connection with his
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Music Can Bring Back a Thousand Memories
Have you ever experienced nostalgia hearing a piece of music? Perhaps you have “your” song with a sweetheart or recall songs from your graduation, prom, or first dance? Instantly the melody catapults us back to the time and place of
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2 June: Michel Dalberto Was Born
French pianist Michel Dalberto stormed onto the international stage by winning the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Clara Haskil Prize in Vevey, Switzerland. A leading interpreter of the music of Schubert, Liszt, Schumann, and all the great French
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