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25.10.09

In Brief: End of October Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.

  • We have already celebrated it at Ionarts, but now it's official: the 30th anniversary of the founding of Les Arts Florissants. [Le Figaro]

  • As if we needed one, another reason to love Nino Rota: the score of a film we have not seen and must soon, The Glass Mountain. [Jessica Duchen]

  • Tyler Green interviewed Elizabeth C. Gorski, who created that brilliant New York Times crossword for the 50th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, with Frank Lloyd Wright's famous spiral incorporated in the puzzle as dark spaces. [Modern Art Notes]

  • A computer in California spits out some bars of imitation music. Is it inspired? Norman Lebrecht thinks not and exults. [Slipped Disc]

  • Speaking of the intersection of the cruise industry and classical music, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato just did a concert gig on an Alaskan cruise. Her accompanist, the composer Jake Heggie, was also doing research -- whale watching -- for the orchestration of his new opera, Moby Dick. [Yankee Diva]

  • Wednesday was the 25th anniversary of the death of François Truffaut. Watch this video of the French director speaking about his métier. [Le Figaro]

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