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Classical Notes: March 4, 2010 Archive

Violin Not a Diva

Posted at 8:11 AM on March 4, 2010 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Fun finds

Today's the birthday of a certain composer, very well-known and frequently played. Google is honoring this person with one of their customized logos.

Go to their page and see if you can figure it out from the artwork. (As always, you can float your cursor over the logo to see the answer.)

Prada, Huns, and the Walker Arts Center at the Opera

Posted at 11:06 AM on March 4, 2010 by John Birge
Filed under: Concerts, Fun finds, The blog

The Devil wears Prada -- and so do the Huns this Saturday at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Met's new production of Verdi's Attila includes costumes designed by Miuccia Prada.

The sets are designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, who also created the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Notice any resemblance?



Attila stars Ramón Vargas, Carlos Álvarez, and Samuel Ramey as Pope Leo.
Conductor Riccardo Muti makes his long-awaited Met debut with the production.
You can hear it this Saturday at noon Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

Exploring Iowa

Posted at 11:55 AM on March 4, 2010 by Laura Ciotti
Filed under: Parker Quartet

The Parker Quartet continues their Artists-in-Residence tour with a performance in Decorah, Iowa tonight. Read the quartet's last tour entry.

Jessica Bodner, viola

Jessica Bodner Further exploration of the Midwest... Growing up in Houston and going to school in Boston, I honestly never dreamed I would be living in the Midwest. The Midwest was not a place I really visited with my family, and it was just a general unknown to me. Therefore, it was a huge coincidence and shock to my family when both my brother and I moved to the Midwest at the exact same time, me to St. Paul and he to Cedar Falls, IA. The first time I visited him, he showed me all around - the one street downtown, how if you drive out of town you are immediately in corn fields that stretch far beyond your eyesight and imagination, and the quilts that are painted on the sides of barns as a "visitor's attraction" (he has since been invited to have the honor to help paint a barn quilt after getting to know many of the local people. He wrote a piece about barn quilts, something you might, out of the whole world, only be able to do outside of Cedar Falls, IA). He has since moved to Iowa City, where he is getting a Master's degree in creative nonfiction writing. Therefore, after never having been in IA before a year and a half ago, I feel quite an appreciation and connection to the state. I am very much looking forward to visiting Decorah and deepening my understanding of Iowa even further.
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