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Archive for November 5, 2013

Is It Still Okay to Talk About Verdi?

Giuseppe Verdi

[La forza del destino, Tuesday at 9:00 PM] It’s true his 200th is past, and the flurry of commemorations has ebbed. But what’s been the take away? Are we richer for having spent so much time on Verdi, or are we ready to box him up until the 300th? WFMT is betting on the former. Twenty-six operas is a lot

Music Outsourced Brings Wonders

Nicholas Kitchen posing with the Baron-Vitta Guarneri del Gesu (1730)

Finding a home for a prized violin is about as easy as deciding who should raise your kid. There are so many things to consider: safety, quality of care, compatibility. The first violinist of the Borromeo String Quartet, Nicholas Kitchen, lucked into a dream-come-true when his teacher’s widow, Mrs. Szymon Goldberg, decided Nick should receive her Guarneri del Gesu—the instrument that had belonged to her late husband. She noted several things