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In Brief: November Edition

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

  • The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is showing a privately owned Van Gogh painting, Strolling Couple, never before exhibited to the public. [Associated Press]

  • Marc Geelhoed interviews Arabella Steinbacher. [Time Out Chicago]

  • It's official, the Historically Informed Performance movement has arrived: Juilliard is going to create a HIP degree program, with the help of William Christie. [Playbill Arts]

  • Musical Blogville, if your ears were burning on Thursday, that is because Phil Ford was lecturing about you. At the AMS National Meeting in Quebec City. [Dial M for Musicology]

  • Fred Himebaugh takes Richard Taruskin's article and settles on a strategy: "if only we lock the rubes in a cage for a few days and force them to listen to Berio and Boulez over and over and over, eventually they would get it." I'm pretty sure that would violate the Geneva Conventions. Not that that really matters anymore. [The Fredösphere]

  • Brian finally answers the question that has been bugging me as I have read the adoring reviews of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. Although it may be heresy, enthusiasm is one thing and subtlety another. [Out West Arts]

  • Zombies take over the Washington Metro, then head back to their homes in Vienna, Va. [DCist]

  • The Centre Pompidou has this new exhibit on Alberto Giacometti, located in a recreation of the artist's studio, complete with his doodle-filled walls. [The Guardian]

  • Maurizio Pollini plays Schoenberg, Berg, Luigi Nono. Oh, London, why do you have all the luck? [Financial Times]

  • Classical music can be fun and TRULY AWFUL, as the Really Terrible Orchestra has demonstrated. [Playbill Arts]

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