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About a year ago, pianist Simone Dinnerstein was featured on the television program CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. I’ve been meaning to tell you about it all this time, and finally, here it is.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/23/sunday/main7274692.shtml


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Jenő Blau was born in Budapest, Hungary. We know him by the name he adopted early in his career when he moved to the United States.

The first name he took is the English version of his given name, Jenő. Legend has it that he invented his American last name by looking at the boat from which he was disembarking and removing the N.

He left 501 boxes of marked scores, arrangements and more for the University of Pennsylvania Library. Here is the website the library set up to let you in on the life of Eugene Ormandy.

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The link below is another item from Oberlin Conservatory’s web site, this one about harpist Yolanda Kondonassis.  It’s a well produced and edited piece showcasing her as a teacher, person and ambassador for the harp.  

You can explore the Oberlin website for dozens of these little vignettes. This is just a taste.

Oberlin Conservatory

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Masques et bergamasques was one of the last pieces that Gabriel Fauré finished. The Prince of Monaco commissioned it, and it premiered in Monte Carlo in April of 1919.

He composed only a small part of it anew. Most of the rest was ideas that had been lying around, Fauré wondering what to do with them.

When the work was finished, Fauré is supposedly to have said that “It is like the impression you get from the paintings of Watteau.” Here are some of those paintings.

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The Ahn Trio has one of the most impressive websites I’ve seen for a Classical ensemble.
http://www.ahntrio.com/v2/

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