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Classical Notes: June 29, 2006 Archive

Music Hath Charms

Posted at 1:27 PM on June 29, 2006 by Bob Christiansen
Filed under: The blog

I was watching Robin Williams' movie "Bicentennial Man" the other night, enjoying, among other things the spectacle of a robot telling jokes in a rapid-fire, robotic manner.

There was one scene early on where the robot (Williams) is sitting down in the basement, listening to an old Victrola playing "O Silver Moon" from Dvorak's "Rusalka." I always knew that aria could make metal cry!

Piano e-Competition

Posted at 3:37 PM on June 29, 2006 by Valerie Kahler
Filed under: Piano eComp

And we�re off! Welcome to Minnesota Public Radio�s coverage of the 2006 Minnesota International Piano e-Competition. Melissa Ousley will be your eyes and ears inside Sundin Hall for the next two weeks as 24 contestants from 13 different countries vie for the grand prize � 25,000 simoleans, a Yamaha Disklavier grand piano, concert appearances with 4 US orchestras, solo recitals in New York and Paris and a CD issue. But wait � there�s more! The winner will also be featured in a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, July 14th at noon. Mark your calendars and plan on being in the audience!

Also - starting Tuesday July 4th you can tune in weekdays at 8:15am and 5:15pm as Melissa stops in to chat with John and Steve - and of course, play some musical highlights. Watch this space for updates, tidbits, links to photos and extended information.

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Watch live video of the competition.

Opera at the Movies

Posted at 3:55 PM on June 29, 2006 by Rex Levang

Following up on Bob's post: In the opera "Rusalka" the Song to the Moon is sung by a non-human creature (in this case, a sort of mermaid) who has fallen in love with a human being.

I haven't seen "Bicentennial Man," so maybe someone call fill me in. Are there any parallels between the opera and the movie?