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Collector Norton Simon

Friday, February 4, 2011
by ChasToday
Collector Norton Simon

THERE IS a small, prestigious museum in Pasadena, California that “doesn’t buy, or lend, or borrow any of its works—and it doesn’t put on blockbuster shows, either. But what it does is display glorious works of art with elegance and style…” It also had a curious beginning: “There happened to be an art gallery... Read »

Portrait from the Past?

Friday, January 28, 2011
by ChasToday
Portrait from the Past?

WHICH ONE do you like? Are they both originals? The one on the left is the famous and familiar self-portrait by Raphael, which hangs in the Ufizzi in Florence. The one on the right was recently rediscovered in a bank vault. Read more about them at the i09 web site and Discovery News. You... Read »

Classical Music’s Top 10

Friday, January 21, 2011
by ChasToday
Classical Music’s Top 10

IN THIS SERIES of articles, Anthony Tommasini conjectures who might be the top 10 composers of all time. But he does more than conjecture. He gives us good insight into why he thinks they are the tops. Along the way we get a nice survey of musical history. Here’s what he says: “Imagine if... Read »

High Tech Classical

Monday, January 17, 2011
by ChasToday
High Tech Classical

YES, these are music stands. Apple laptop computers instead of sheet music. And in this case, the music displayed is in Beethoven’s original hand. This New York Times article explains how “the digital tide washing over society is lapping at the shores of classical music. The Borromeo players have embraced it in their daily... Read »

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