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Classical 101

Last Night at the Proms Attracts Record Crowd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBy2TcyWsz0&feature Lang Lang headlined the final evening of the event billed as the "world's greatest music festival."  For the second consecutive year, the BBC Proms ended it's annual run with a record crowd.  More than 300,000 music lovers attended the 2011 Proms concerts over the course of the summer.  What's your favorite music festival or series? Read BBC Proms attracts record numbers (BBC)

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?  Take I-64 East to the Lewisburg Exit and Turn Left

You've heard the old joke about the guy who asks the cabbie how to get to Carnegie Hall?  "Practice, practice, practice," goes the punchline.  However, that isn't the answer you'll get from the mayor of Lewisburg, West Virginia.  He'll send you to 105 Church ST near Mcelhenny RD.  It's one of four Carnegie Halls in the world still in continuous use.  Budget travel magazine puts Lewisburg at the top of it's list of 10 Coolest Small Towns in America.  Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, where a third hall is located.  The fourth hall?  So far, I have not located it.  Do you know where it is?  If so, let me know! Read 10 Coolest Small Towns in America (Budget Travel) See Carnegie Hall Dunfermline, Scotland (Carnegie Hall UK)

 Who's the Most Popular Pianist on YouTube?  Lang Lang, You Say?  Wrong! Valentina Lisitsa

While Lang Lang seems to be everywhere at once, he is apparently not the most-watched pianist in this, the age of instant access.  According to Norman Lebrecht, that ranking goes to Valentina Lisitsa, a Ukranian pianist who has over 28 million hits on YouTube. Read The most popular pianist on YouTube (Norman Lebrecht) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0