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Classical 101

'America' Thinks You've Got Talent? Juilliard May Disagree

One show after another has popped up the world over to give those who have talent (or at least THINK they do) to prove it to a panel of judges, one of whom must be somewhat curmudgeonly, as well as the rest of us.  One such person is 10-year-old Jackie Evancho.  Certainly, she can sing quite well, but problems arose when claims were made by fans and family that young Jackie would be entering Juilliard to study.  That claim was quickly denied.  (Arts Journal) One only need think back a few years to another young singer who stunned listeners with vocal maturity beyond her years.  Charlotte Church has gone on to make a substantial amount of money, but she and others  have proved over and over again how hard it is to take that huge step from a concert stage to the opera stage.  Jackie Evancho may well have a fabulous career ahead of her.  Studying at Juilliard and singing Aida?  Only time will tell. Watch Jackie Evancho sing Nessun dorma on PBS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csjIrNbAtEA

2Cellos are better than one

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the talented duo known as 2CELLOS, have taken the music charts by storm.  With over 5 million hits on YouTube in less than 3 months, they are also seemingly taking over YouTube. While their debut album features unique arrangements of well-known rock and pop songs, that doesn't mean they can't play the classics with the best of them.  Definitely a pair to watch. Read String-a-ding-ding (NY Post) Watch 2Cellos play Welcome to the Jungle...look out Axl Rose! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AYEgwwCYWw

Problems in Pittsburgh

Flat attendance and a huge state tax cut has put the Pittsburgh Symphony in the red, despite, for years, getting more sales tax money than any Allegheny County performing arts group. Read Pittsburgh Symphony racks up $3 million dollars in debt (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)