Classical Music & Cinema: The “2001” Music

Imagine for a moment you’re Alex North. It’s summer 1968 and you’re an acclaimed composer for the movies. You’ve scored great films like A Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Dr. Strangelove. Your collaborator and friend Stanley Kubrick asked you a few years ago to create a score for his new film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He’s emphasized that 2001 will be a film with limited dialogue, to be experienced through the senses

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Happy Birthday, Nutcracker Ballet!

The beloved Nutcracker Ballet turned 120 today. Though every town in the U.S. has fairly easy access to at least one live rendition of the seasonal ballet each year, that wasn’t always the case. The Nutcracker was a complete flop when it debuted in 1892 and did not gain its current popularity until the mid 1960s. We’re fortunate to have this masterpiece as a part of our annual holiday repertoire! Great that people started seeing

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