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Classical Notes: December 22, 2008 Archive

Puccini 150th

Posted at 8:28 AM on December 22, 2008 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

Ten years ago, we put together a Web page on the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. Little did we realize it would turn out to be one of our more popular offerings--year after year, Web visitors drop in to read the story, see the production photos, and even check out the recipes.

Today is Puccini's 150th birthday--so here's a shameless plug for the Tosca Page.

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But Do You Get Mints On Your Pillow?

Posted at 7:22 PM on December 22, 2008 by Gillian Martin

Going to Barack Obama's inauguration? Need a place to stay? Well, Lorin Maazel wants to help.

The music director of the New York Philharmonic and his wife will let you stay at their country estate in Virginia--for a mere $50,000. Per night.

Sure, the price seems steep, but not when you consider that the place holds up to 50 people, and comes with amenities you won't find at your local Super 8:

The complex includes a spa facility with a large heated swimming pool, a Turkish steam room and a Finnish sauna. Guests also can use a theater room with a commercial-size movie screen, along with a bowling alley and a petting zoo.

What's more, that fifty grand is partially tax-deductible. The money raised will go to the Maazels' Chateauville Foundation to support the new Castleton Festival, created to foster young musical artists.

Get all the particulars here.
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