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I have rarely seen as much response to a shared link (and as many subsequent shares), as when I recently posted this video on Facebook—and for good reason; It is a poignant and powerful example of how music can transform someone’s life and gets instantly and deeply to the heart of what it’s all about: Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era.

This week, we turn the spotlight on singers, including soprano Kristine Opolais, who recently made Metropolitan Opera history, when she became the first singer in its 131 years to debut in two major company roles within 24 hours: Soprano Makes History.

Seventy-five years ago—April 9, 1939—after the Daughters of the American Revolution had denied her the use of Constitution Hall, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. In case you missed it on Morning Edition last week, here is Susan Stamberg’s story: Denied a Stage She Sang for a Nation.

And the great English bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk has died at the age or 83. Here is Norman Lebrecht’s appreciation: Sad news: An English lion has died.

Keeping on the theme of opera, congratulations to the nearby Chicago Civic Opera House on making this USA Today list of top ten opera houses in the world. Read the story here: 10 Best Opera Houses Around the World.

With the retirement of longtime and much-loved late night host David Letterman just announced, here’s a look back at some of the top classical music moments on the Late Night with David Letterman show over the years: Classical Music on Letterman.

And finally, as we remember the legendary actor Mickey Rooney upon his passing last week at the age of 93—and as the Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company currently tours West Michigan with A Midsummer Night’s Night’s Dream (for more see www.pcshakespeare.com)—here is Rooney in his memorable performance as Puck, from the final scene of the 1935 film version of Shakespeare’s immortal comedy:  A Midsummer Nights Dream, Final Scene.  

 

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.” —Elbert Hubbard

 


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