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Classical 101

Strad Night at The Louvre

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[caption id="attachment_14949" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Glenn Donnellan"][/caption] [video is dead] While the baseball fans of the United States (and I count myself among them...Go Reds!) prepare to watch amazing athletes do things we mere mortals dare not attempt, some other amazing athletes are preparing to do the same with some instruments we mere mortals cannot duplicate.  It is Stradivarius night at the Auditorium du Louvre.  Sixteen young musicians, all chosen by Lorin Maazel, will perform on instruments from the Nippon Music Foundation's collection...on loan for this special event.  If you want to see it, all you have to do is go to Medici.tv, sign up (it's free), and you can watch the live broadcast Thursday, October 7th at 6:30pm GMT...2:30pm in Ohio.  It might be worth setting a little time aside to enjoy this rare opportunity.  If you can't get there for that, medici.tv is an excellent place to visit, anyway, because they offer 24 hour broadcasts of world-class performances. On a related note, lest you think music and sports are polar opposites, think again.   Last Summer, WOSU Music Director Beverley Ervine found a unique melding of the two disciplines.  I leave you with a performance of our National Anthem played by Glenn Donnellan on a violin made from...a baseball bat.  Play ball! -- Boyce Lancaster [youtube n9LXHrzOVYA]