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Clarinetist Mitchell Lurie dies at 86


Mitchell Lurie, a world-renowned clarinetist and clarinet teacher who taught for many years at USC and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, has died. He was 86. Lurie, who had been in ill health in recent years, died of pneumonia 24 November 2008 at his home in West Los Angeles.
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Composer Krzysztof Penderecki at 75


Krzysztof Penderecki (pronounced [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf pɛndɛrˈɛ͡tski], born November 23, 1933 in Dębica) is a Polish composer and conductor of classical music.
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28 NOVEMBER 1908 Birth of Rose Bampton Mezzo-Soprano in Cleveland Ohio Debut as Siebel in Faust (Gounod) 1929 Teachers:- Horatio Connell, Queena Mario Pupils, Thomas Carey, Victoria Vergaa. WEB

conductor Richard Hickox dies suddenly


Opera Australia has been shocked by the sudden death of British conductor Richard Hickox, the company's music director. Hickox, 60, suffered a heart attack in London. The news was still filtering out tonight to members of Opera Australia. A shocked Murray Black, The Australian's Sydney opera and classical music critic, said one of Hickox's legacies would be his versatility as a conductor.
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19 NOVEMBER 1908 Death of German composer Albert Dietrich, at 79.
Birth of Russian composer Mikhail Ivanovich CHULAKI.
Birth of French composer Jean Yves Daniel LESUR in Paris. d-Paris, 2 JUL 2002.

Cellist George Sopkin dies


Cellist George Sopkin, one of the founding members of the Fine Arts Quartet passed away on 28 October 2008 at the age of 94. He helped form the Fine Arts Quartet in 1946. The Quartet still performs, though all the original members have either retired from the quartet or passed away.
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Composer Antoine-Amable-Elie ELWART Birth Bicentennial


18 NOVEMBER 1808 Birth of composer Antoine-Amable-Elie ELWART....aka Aimable-Antoine Elie Elwart (born 18 or 19 November 1808 in Paris; died 14 October 1877 ibid) was a French composer, music educator and scholar. Elwart composed numerous motets, sacred songs, oratorios, several operas, five symphonies, six overtures, chamber music works, including thirty string quartets, four quintets and three trios and choral works. A complete edition of his works was distroyed during the Franco-German War of 1870.
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Guarneri String Quartet retires

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Thursday's concert in Herbst Theatre, a joint appearance with the Johannes String Quartet presented by San Francisco Performances, will be the Guarneri's last Bay Area appearance. And when the concert season comes to an end in May, the four musicians - who also include second violinist John Dalley and cellist Peter Wiley - will go their separate ways. But what a journey it's been. The quartet first assembled in 1964 at the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vt., after having known each other as students at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; at the time, the lineup included three musicians in their 20s and an older colleague, cellist David Soyer, who retired from the group in 2001.
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17 NOVEMBER 1808 Birth of composer Alberich ZWYSSIG...Father Alberich or Alberik Zwyssig (17 November 1808 – 18 November 1854) was a Cistercian monk who composed in 1841 the Swiss Psalm, the present Swiss national anthem....MORE - IMAGES

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14 NOVEMBER
1908 Opening of the newly rebuilt Brooklyn Academy of Music, now also known as BAM. Performance of Gounod's opera Faust by Metropolitan Opera conducted by Francesco Spetrino with Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar. The original Brooklyn Academy of Music was founded in 1861 and was destroyed by a fire on 10 NOV 1903.
1908 FP of Oscar Straus' operetta Der tapfere Soldat, based on George Bernard Shaw's play Arms and Man, in Vienna. Opened in New York in 1909, and in London in 1910 as The Chocolate Soldier. MORE

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1908 Birth of Erede, Alberto (con/opera) (1908-2001) It. b. Genoa, Nov. 8, 1908; d. Monte Carlo, Apr. 16, 2001: MET: Début: Nov. 11, 1950, La Traviata, 6 seasons (1950-55, 74-75) 280 perf. 15-works.

1908 Death of French opera author Victorien Sardou (Madame Sans-Gene), at 77. b-1831.

1908 Birth of Italian conductor Alberto EREDE in Genoa. d-Monte Carlo, 16 APR 2001. MET Opera début, 11 NOV 1950, La Traviata, 6 seasons.

Philadelphia Orchestra Redesigned Website

Electronic Ink, the leading design consultancy dedicated to improving the way people interact with technology, their environments, and one another, recently launched a complete redesign of The Philadelphia Orchestra's website http://www.philorch.org. The redesigned site provides an enhanced understanding of the Philadelphia Orchestra's program offerings and better enables visitors to interact with the Orchestra, especially to find concerts and purchase tickets and to make donations...

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Conductor Ashkenazy in Sydney


The Sydney Symphony's next leader has arrived early, and he has hit the ground running, writes Harriet Cunningham.
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