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January 5, 2009

Diaghilev Centenary

Mastermind of modern ballet

By Clement Crisp (FT.com)
Published: January 2 2009 22:31

There will be a great deal written and, especially, shown in exhibition this year about Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes – not that there has not been a Diaghilev industry beavering away at exploring and discussing his achievements during the past half-century in rather exhausting fashion. But there will be more, much more, since May 18 marks the centenary of that first evening of ballets presented by Diaghilev in Paris, and with it the first shoots of balletic rebirth in western Europe.

January 6, 2009

Dancers with and without legs challenge limits

Step-by-step guide to dance: Candoco
Sanjoy Roy
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 6 January 2009

They have performed with wheelchairs and crutches, but Candoco's groundbreaking performers refuse to be dismissed as 'disabled dancers'.

So who writes Wikipedia?

Who The Hell Writes Wikipedia, Anyway?
Henry Blodget | January 3, 2009 8:39 AM

An interesting look at how many individuals are making the majority of changes to Wikipedia. There are differing opinions on the best methodology for measuring this, but either way, the numbers may surprise you.

January 9, 2009

Are tutus over?

'It's like wearing a big plate'
Judith Mackrell
The Guardian, Thursday 8 January 2009

They cost a fortune, take ages to make, irritate male dancers and catch on the scenery. Tutus are everywhere right now. But could they be on the way out?

January 14, 2009

Research workshops for graduate students

The Savvy Researcher


Drop-in workshops geared to graduate students in all disciplines!

small class size * hands-on * quick paced * one-hour sessions

The information experts are here to help you with everything from informational organization strategies to questions about copyright law basics to locating data sets to citation management to finding grant funding.

For registration information, please visit: http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/
Co-sponsored by the Graduate College

Listening to Schroeder

Listening to Schroeder ‘Peanuts’ Scholars Find Messages in Cartoon’s Scores
Published: January 13, 2009

January 21, 2009

Major operas to be shown online

Major operas to be shown online
By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News
Jan 21, 2009

Opera and ballet lovers are to be offered major productions from some of the world's leading companies as pay-per-view internet broadcasts.

Eleven shows from the new season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York will be among those streamed by Classical TV.

January 26, 2009

Opera in English CDs and Masterclasses on DVD

Two new Library acquisitions that might interest many of you:

1. Chandos Records' Opera in English CDs

These CDs offer quality performances of standard and not-so-standard repertoire in English. To find them in our catalog, limit your search to "Music Recordings" and do a search for "opera in english." If you know the specific opera you want, you can do a boolean search for [opera name] and "opera in english".

Many of them have not been cataloged yet (they just arrived this week!), so use the request feature in the online catalog, or ask for help at the reference or circulation desks.

2. Two new masterclass series on DVD

--Jazz Master Class Series from NYU

These eight DVDs represent some of the best jazz teachers and performers.

To find them in our catalog, limit your search to Films/Videos and either search for the individual's name or to find all of them, do a boolean search for jazz and master and class.

Some of them have not been cataloged yet, so use the request feature in the online catalog, or ask for help at the reference or circulation desks.

--Masterclass Media Foundation

This excellent series of 21 DVDs present masterclasses by some of the best performers and teachers in the classical world. From Dame Evelyn Glennie to Maxim Vengerov, the series covers instrumentalists, singers, and conductors. Not to be missed!

To find them in our catalog, limit your search to Films/Videos and do a search for "masterclass media foundation" or the name of the individual presenter.

If there are other titles you'd like to see the Library purchase, please use the online form.

January 30, 2009

17th Century Spanish Gradual

The Music and Performing Arts Library took delivery of a 17th century Spanish gradual this week. A description and pictures are available here.


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