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Opéra-Comique at Salle Favart
The biggest hazards for venues of performing arts are not bad management, horrid programming, or really bad performances; it is fire! Take the Salle Favart, the official Théâtre de l’Opéra-Comique, as an example. The first Salle Favart was built to
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Cello Lament for The Sycamore Gap Tree
Preserving our natural world has become vital for many of us but we sometimes are at a loss as to how we as individuals can make an impact. Italian cellist and composer Riccardo Pes had a visceral reaction when the
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The Gürzenich in Cologne
The Gürzenich family tree goes back to the Middle Ages, and a castle and village by that name is already mentioned in 1232. Part of the knightly nobility, the family settled in the district of North-Rhine-Westphalia and acquired property in
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Meiningen Court Theatre and Orchestra
The small town of Meiningen is located in the southern part of the state of Thuringia. It was founded in the 6th and 7th centuries during the formation of the Frankish Empire, and over time it became the capital of
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Counter-Revolutionary Activism
From the Stages of Europe to the Soviet Gulag
Published in 1962 with the approval of Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn tells the story of a typical day in the life
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Weaponizing Classical Music
For me personally, Japan is the most amazing tourist destination in the world. The country offers many unique experiences, including breathtaking natural scenery, beautiful temples, shrines, and Zen gardens, traditional arts and crafts, sumo tournaments, hot springs, and incredible food.
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Climate Change Riffs
Paul Lansky: Contemplating Weather
It’s been all over the news lately. Members of a group called “Last Generation,” a student-led organization focused on raising awareness for climate change and environmental injustice, have been gluing themselves onto busy roadways or works of art. They believe
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Comrade Composers
Aaron Copland, Louis Durey and Alan Bush
A group of foreign delegates arrived in New York in late March 1949 to advance the cause of world peace. The “Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace” was to prove that the Iron Curtain did not divide the world,
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