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In Brief: Mid-October Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.
  • The gorgeous Abbey of Solesmes, the center of the modern Gregorian chant revival, was founded one thousand years ago. [Zenit]

  • Alain Vircondelet, the author of a biography of visionary artist Séraphine de Senlis, has alleged that large sections of the film version of the artist's life are lifted directly from his work. [Agence France-Presse]

  • Marc-André Dalbavie's new opera, Gesualdo, sounds good. [Financial Times]

  • Is the spiraling expense of a college education pushing students away from studying the humanities? Will the university no longer be centered on its historical core disciplines but be an advanced training institute instead? [Inside Higher Ed]

  • Thank God, classical music is not the only art form that is dying. Ballet is, too. [The New Republic]

  • Well, we always knew that dancers could be dangerous. Cardinal Zubeir Wako, the Archbishop of Khartoum, was almost assassinated during a Mass celebrated last Sunday. His attacker posed as a liturgical dancer, approached the altar, and drew a dagger before being apprehended. [Independent Catholic News]

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