Actually, "excellent" is more like "terrifying."
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Which is stranger: Danny Kaye conducting the New York Philharmonic or Frank Sinatra singing opera?
Check it out here in the movie “It Happened in Brooklyn” (1947), Sinatra sings in “La ci darem la mano” – a duet from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, where the Don seduces Zerlina.
One day in middle school, walking out of the lunchroom down a long, sunny hallway, I saw my father emerge from the band room where he taught instrumental music. He spotted me and pivoted, approaching with another music teacher alongside and holding a thick, green glass Coke bottle in his hand. It was half full.
Congratulations to Bob and Kristi who both guessed today's mystery piece, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Mozart. We heard the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leopold Hager. (Novalis 150041.) Monday's mystery involves The Bad News Bears.
Mozart turned 250, and you couldn't turn around without banging your shins on another recording of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Mendelssohn turns 200 and...not so much.
One of my most important personal mantras is "Do not take yourself too seriously." In this spirit, I present to you Recession 2008: "Which Classical Composer Would Hypothetically Survive and Who Would Need a Government Bailout, The Tournament."