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Classical Notes: February 4, 2010 Archive

Met at the Movies

Posted at 10:41 AM on February 4, 2010 by Alison Young
Filed under: Events

I normally work on Saturdays, so hear the Met Opera broacasts right from the fabulous speakers in the Classical MPR booth.

But last night, a couple of my girlfriends and I went to the Carmen encore in Eagan. It was fabulous! Not only a tremendous production - with Roberto Algana and Elina Garanca as two completly believable and three-dimensional characaters - but the up-close and personal camera-angles made for a most amazing opera experience.

Don't miss this opportunity to see the Met in HD in the theatre. The next show is this Saturday, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.

Mozart's "The Magic Root Beer Bottles"

Posted at 11:13 AM on February 4, 2010 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Fun finds

Here's a YouTube clip that's currently making the email rounds.

I give this guy a lot of credit, not just for his musical and production chops, but also for not choosing one of the same old classical favorites that gets re-arranged over and over(William Tell, Hallelujah Chorus, Fur Elise. . . .) Actually I give him credit for what he did choose--a section of the Magic Flute overture--since in that opera, panpipes appear, and the instrument that he's playing on is, in effect -- well, just take a look.