Sunday, August 20, 2006

Daily updates, Day 5

Personally, I have nothing of musical interest to report today. I visited apartments, and ate with friends and family. However, that doesn't mean there's nothing of musical interest going on in the wider world, so I will use this daily update for some signal-boosting.

London's Proms are in full swing! You can listen to the concerts online, if you wish.

Outside London's Royal Festival Hall, a "virtual orchestra" has been put together.

Farinelli's body is exhumed. Yuck. (Farinelli was one of the most famous castratos in the history of the world.)

Wynton Marsalis is going to write an opera for the New York Met.

The Tehran Symphony Orchestra goes on tour in Germany.

It's not news, but if you missed the articles about U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, a Xhosa version of Carmen, the film won rave reviews and quite a lot of press last year. (I was trying and mostly failing to find news that was not in the US or Europe.)

And finally (and sadly) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf passed away on August 3.

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