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Classical Notes: September 30, 2008 Archive

First Floor, Women's Shoes and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Posted at 12:33 PM on September 30, 2008 by Gillian Martin (3 Comments)

"Outreach" is a big watchword for orchestras these days; that's why the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performs in several different locations, and the Minnesota Orchestra has its UPbeat Greater Minnesota program. They want to go to the audience sometimes, rather than relying on the audience to always come to them.

I'm sure that's why the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra found themselves wedged between women's shoes and handbags in the Macy's store in downtown Philadelphia last week, performing with the world's largest pipe organ, which is permanently installed there. Read more about it here.

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Opera

Posted at 1:14 PM on September 30, 2008 by Rex Levang

There have been a number of recent operas based on films (The Fly, by Howard Shore, or Lost Highway, by Olga Neuwirth.)

How about one based on the story of a filmmaker?

Philip Glass's next opera will be based on a fictionalized life of Walt Disney--read the press release here.