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Liner Notes Vol. XXI

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

Mid-winter blues? Brighten your day with some music news and features: 

From the New York Times, a requiem for China's WWII victims http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/world/asia/china-wang-xilin-symphony.html?_r=0 

From Harvard Magazine, a profile of the composer Lei Liang http://harvardmagazine.com/2015/12/hearing-history 

From New Music Box, an interview with Royce Vavrek, opera's "it" librettist http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/royce-vavrek-so-many-juicy-amazing-words/ (By the way, he wrote the libretto for the opera "27," with music composed by Ricky Ian Gordon, which will be produced by Pittsburgh Opera resident artists next month.)

From the Washington Post, a music critic's efforts to instill a love of classical music in her son https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/how-not-to-get-your-child-to-love-music/2016/01/07/df5c17d2-a7a5-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html 

From The New Yorker, John Williams' music for "Star Wars" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/listening-to-star-wars 

From Variety, the Martin Scorsese biopic about pianist (and McKeesport native) Byron Janis http://variety.com/2016/film/news/martin-scorsese-producing-byron-janis-biopic-paramount-1201674748/ 

From The Economist, the rise of opera's stage directors http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/01/changing-face-opera 

 

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