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Click on Classical: Holst and hops, funny music, and an eight-year-old piano star

Posted at 8:38 AM on July 14, 2014 by Jay Gabler
Filed under: Click on Classical

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With John Birge at the Northern Lights Music Festival, I'm joining Alison Young this morning to talk about what's on the Web this week. Here are the stories we'll be discussing.

Bells Brewery has announced plans to release a series of beers inspired by the planets — but not just the planets, by Gustav Holst's Planets orchestral suite. That means there will be seven beers to correspond to the suite's seven movements, starting with a Mars double IPA and ending with a "mystical stout" for Neptune.

Can classical music be funny? Cinda Yager says yes, and shares a few pieces she considers LOL-worthy​ — including one surprising selection from Beethoven's oeuvre.

On Saturday, a Minneapolis boy attracted hundreds of people to his front-porch piano recitatl — with the help of a neighbor who saw eight-year-old Dylan Spoering's handmade sign and created a Facebook event to spread the word. We shared live video of the show, which you can watch here.