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Classical 101

Double-bass Player Bow(l)s Them Over

Ödön Rácz plays double-bass for The Philharmonics...made up of five members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, one member of the Berliner Philharmoniker with pianist FrantiÅ¡ek JánoÅ¡ka rounding out the ensemble.  Since the 2011-12 season “The Philharmonicsâ€? have their own subscription concerts in the Wiener Konzerthaus. I must confess that, when I found the video below on YouTube, I was skeptical.  Not because I didn't think they could play, but because it was billed as

"The fastest (and biggest) "Flight of the Bumble-bee" - The Philharmonics feat. Ödön Rácz."

Superlatives, as you know, are a dime-a-dozen on the web, especially on YouTube.  However, hearing is believing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDemCnqG584&

After Five Years, Carnegie Hall Among Cultural Institutions to Benefit from Astor Estate

A five-year court battle over the estate of Brooke Astor, who died in 2005 at the age of 105, has come to an end with a settlement brokered by the office of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  Though much of her wealth was in art, Ms. Astor also included Carnegie Hall in her will.  Sothebys plans to hold anauction this Fall, if you have some extra cash floating around. Read Brooke Astor Settlement (Arts Journal)

Mozart Really DOES Make You Smarter

A new study by the National Endowment for the Arts has found that disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.  Rather than just being a catch phrase, there seems to be a measurable effect on academic achievement when students were involved in various arts activities. Read  (Miller-McCune)