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Guitarist Offers A Fresh Take on Beatles Classics

A Fresh Take on Beatles Classics

It's dangerous to mess with perfection...especially when it is as well know as the music of the Beatles. I have heard more bad covers of rock tunes than I care to admit, so when I saw that guitarist Carlos Bonell had done a "Classical" Beatles recording, I braced myself.  But you know, it's good stuff. Not to mention the fact that Carlos Bonell has the chops to play some of Classical music's most demanding guitar literature. Don't believe me?  Just ask Paul McCartney. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9zL_lfGGQw

The 19th Century Lennon/McCartney: Gilbert & Sullivan

If you're one of those who wonders how many more musical gems could have come from the pens of John and Paul, the same question could be asked about Gilbert and Sullivan who, like the main song-writing team of the Fab Four, split up over personal and artistic differences. Read G & S: The Lennon/McCartney of the 19th Century (Limelight Magazine)

Dutch Musicians Take to the Streets to Protest Cuts

The U.S. isn't the only country slashing arts funding.  According to Radio Netherlands, Dutch officials also seem poised to decimate state subsidies for musicians.  Conductor Kent Nagano put it very eloquently. Watch Kent Nagano speak out in support of musicians everywhere http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0htjOJE6qs

Leonard Slatkin Joins the Fight

Leonard Slatkin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic are on tour in South America, where he weighed in on funding for the Arts. Watch Leonard Slatkin voicing support for Dutch musicians http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoRZkkbtPJQ