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  • Bach Collegium San Diego gives Handel's 'La Resurrezione' life

    Bach Collegium San Diego gives Handel's 'La Resurrezione' life
    Handel wrote two Easter oratorios. One is the "Messiah," taken over by Christmas, the extravagant "Hallelujah" chorus so well suited to the season. The other is in every conceivable way not the "Messiah" and all but ignored until recently because Handel was a very naughty boy. No, not Monty Python's "Messiah" parody, but something that comes curiously close in places.
  • Ode to app: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony hits the iPad

    Ode to app: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony hits the iPad
    New to the modern classroom we call the app store is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. An app designed for iPads gives users the chance to go deeper into the work best known for its “Ode to Joy” movement. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony the...

    'Bad Grandpa' to take down 'Gravity'; Twitter hires Vivian Schiller

    'Bad Grandpa' to take down 'Gravity'; Twitter hires Vivian Schiller
    After the coffee. Before riding a shopping cart to work.  The Skinny: "Ender's Game" looks like it's pulling in some decent early reviews. Hope it's good; the novel is still a favorite of mine. Today's stories include a look at the weekend box office,...

    Weekend preview: Hot air, hot music and a jellyfish sombrero

    Weekend preview: Hot air, hot music and a jellyfish sombrero
    It’s not often that the Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers a concert by a singer whose songs are heard among the thumpy pop hits on Y100, but there are all kinds of new things going on at the big house on the New River. To be sure, it&...

    Bach's B-Minor Mass, Handel's 'Theodora' and magnificent coincidence

    Bach's B-Minor Mass, Handel's 'Theodora' and magnificent coincidence
    Bach and Handel did not lead intersecting lives. Bach never left central Germany, while Handel became a cosmopolitan Londoner. Bach was a man of the church and had 20 children. Handel caught the theater bug and was not a family man (recent musicology...