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Monday Morning Classical News Round-up

Musicians warm up on the stage of Detroit's Symphony Hall
Musicians warm up on the stage of Detroit's Symphony Hall. The Orchestra's President, Anne Parsons, has reached an agreement to stay on for another 3 years.
6, 2011

A few headlines for your Monday morning: Detroit Symphony President Anne Parsons signs on for another three years, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas is no more and the Primrose International Viola Competition has named a winner.

Are Eight Legs Better Than Two? An Octopus Ballet

A dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis)
A "dumbo" octopus (Grimpoteuthis)
13, 2011

The Guardian’s Punctuated Equilibrium blog recently published stunning video of an octopus “dancing?” to classical ballet music.

Mourad Merzouki: What Would Fiddy (or for that matter, Franz) Say?

Dancer/Choreographer Mourad Merzouki
Dancer/choreographer Mourad Merzouki's finds many similarities between boxing and dancing.
11, 2011

Choreographer Mourad Merzouki combines boxing and hip-hop dance moves with classical music in his new work Boxe Boxe.

Book Review: Apollo’s Angels, A History of Ballet

Choreographer George Balanchine and ballet dancer (and muse) Suzanne Farrell dancing.
Choreographer George Balanchine and (muse) Suzanne Farrell dancing in a segment of "Don Quixote" at New York State Theater.
30, 2011

Those with even a passing interest in dance will be enthralled by Jennifer Homans “Apollo’s Angels, A History of Ballet”

Paul McCartney’s Plunge into Ballet

Paul McCartney sings with guitar on stage.
'Rock star' Paul McCartney performing with Bono (not pictured) at a Live8 concert in 2004 wears many musical hats.
February 24, 2011

Rock star Paul McCartney has dabbled in classical music in the past. Now he’s writing a ballet.

Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings Set to Point in “Prayer”

Point Shoes.
Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" has been set to point many times; "Prayer" is the latest adaptation.
8, 2011

The latest incarnation of Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’ is a ballet titled, Prayer, premiered by Ballet North. The details of that production and past ballet adaptations of the work.