Thursday, October 30, 2008

Joshua Bell as a street musician in a DC subway!*

By Gene WeingartenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 8, 2007; Page W10Link

HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L'ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play. read the full article

* Thank you to the ToDo Institute for bringing this article to our attention.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tuning In to the Organ, and Not Just in Church

Published: October 18, 2008 NYTimes
This month is the 25th anniversary of “Pipedreams,” a weekly national public radio show devoted to organ music. read more

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Leonard Bernstein Collection

The online Leonard Bernstein Collection that is part of the Library of Congress American Memory project is rich with a variety of media. The composer, conductor, writer, and teacher Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was one of 20th-century America's most important musical figures. The Leonard Bernstein Collection is one of the largest and most varied of the many special collections held by the Library of Congress Music Division. Its more than 400,000 items, including music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, fan mail, and other types of materials extensively document Bernstein's extraordinary life and career. This online Leonard Bernstein Collection makes available a selection of 85 photographs, 177 scripts from the Young People's Concerts, 74 scripts from the Thursday Evening Previews, and over 1,100 pieces of correspondence,

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Grieg Thematic Catalog available

New to the Reference Collection!

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) : thematisch-bibliographisches Werkverzeichnis / vorgelegt von Dan Fog, Kirsti Grinde, √ėyvind Norheim

Frankfurt ; New York : Henry Litolff's Verlag/C.F. Peters,

Con Reference
ML134.G84 A25 2008

Don Giovanni, Free on the Web

Published: September 18, 2008, NYTimes

The Royal Opera House in London will present a full-length opera online for the first time beginning Oct. 5, when audiences will be able to log on to the company’s Web site and watch a performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” As part of the introduction of the site,, the company will make it possible to view other complete operas and ballets online. The production of “Don Giovanni,” filmed on Sept. 8, will be available free of charge in its entirety and will feature subtitles, listening notes and a podcast with the director Francesca Zambello. The site also features archival material, a photo library and first-night cast lists dating to 1946.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"La Traviata" performed in Swiss railway terminal

Commuters at Switzerland's busiest railway terminal have been surprised with a live performance of Verdi's opera "La Traviata".

Zurich's station remained open for business, while the singers performed around the passengers. watch the video clip