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In the news: Live Classical Music helps veterans in California hospital

Today, The Los Angeles Times reported an uplifting story related to the health benefits of music. Live classical music performances by a harpist and classical guitarist, improved the well-being of patients at a California hospital. The patients were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among other issues.Upon observing the significant changes in his patients, one doctor remarked, “It’s like an amazing miracle, and I don’t say that lightly.”  Vermeer. The Guitar Player. 1672.   For the full story, please read: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ptsd-music-20120116,0,1657849.story

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Rodarte to design costumes for LA Phil’s May production of “Don Giovanni”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced that fashion house Rodarte, who designed the costumes for the film “Black Swan” will be creating the sartorial operatic look for Mozart’s libidinous lothario, Don Giovanni. The fully staged opera debuts on May 18th at Walt Disney Concert hall.  Guess who will be in charge of the set design? None other than Frank Gehry, the mastermind architect behind Walt Disney Concert Hall itself. Not too shabby, LA Phil. Not too shabby, at all!         

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In the news: Was Vincent Van Gogh Shot?

A CBS News report discusses a ground-breaking new biography by two Pulitzer-Prize winning writers who argue that Vincent Van Gogh may not have committed suicide, as has been long believed.  Instead, their evidence points to his being shot by wealthy, rowdy teenage boys. The teens had taken previous pleasure in bullying Van Gogh by pouring salt in his coffee, snakes in his paint can, and having their girlfriends torment him. The authors argue that although these teens shot Van Gogh, as he lay dying, he protected them from police, asking investigators not to accuse anyone of the crime. For the full report, please see: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7384904n&tag=re1.galleries

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In the news: Picasso in the garbage? An art thief named Spiderman?

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year. Sacré bleu! Is nothing sacred ? A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped more than $134 million dollars worth of art in a garbage bin. The stolen works, including paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani, Matisse. and Leger were looted from the Paris Museum of Modern Art last year. Apparently the paintings were destroyed with the rest of the day’s trash. The sticky-fingered art thief got cold feet after his cohorts in the art spree began to be questioned by police so he dumped the masterpieces in the garbage. Not even the recycling bin, mind you. Now here is where the spurious story takes an even more sordid turn. The thief’s ally in gaining the stolen treasure was a 43-year-old wall-climbing Serbian

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In the News: “Il Volo”- Can Opera be embraced by the GLEE crowd?

This Sunday’s New York Times discussed the opera sensation”Il Volo,” a popular teenage boy band that has teen girls swooning. With appearances on TV shows like Entourage, can “Il Volo”  bring the love of opera to a mainstream teen audience?  “Il Volo” means “the flight”- let’s hope that opera takes off in a wide audience of music-loving teens. For the full story, please read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/arts/music/il-volo-the-teenage-italian-singers-go-on-tour.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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News Update: Stolen Rembrandt found in Encino Church

Only three days after a Rembrandt drawing valued at $250,000 was snatched from the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, “The Judgement,” turned up mysteriously at St. Nicholas of Myra Episcopal Church in Encino. An assistant priest noticed the drawing placed inside his boss’ office. He assumed that it was a donation by a parishioner before recognizing the work as the stolen Rembrandt. Questions abound: Why did the art thief dump the painting in the church? Was it a spiritual crisis of conscience? Or a convenient place without security cameras? Did the title of Rembrandt’s drawing, “The Judgement,” give the thief pause? How did the art thief get access to the church’s inside office? Did he watch Ben Affleck’s heist-caper “The Town” too many times and don a nun disguise? Do we know for a fact that the drawing dumped

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In the news: Rembrandt drawing stolen from Marina del Rey Hotel this weekend

  This weekend, “The Judgement,” a pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from an evening exhibit at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. The work, worth more than $250,000, was snatched around 10:30 p.m during an evening event for potential buyers. The curator was temporarily distracted by a person, who may have been part of a team of art thieves. According to experts, more than 81 of Rembrandt’s works have been stolen over the past century. For more information on the Marina del Rey heist, please read: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-news/8702503/Rembrandt-stolen-in-well-planned-heist.html

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In the News: Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

You heard it here first! News reports suggest that Musician and Conductor Daniel Barenboim will be nominated next week (Aug 17) for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 69-year old Barenboim helped to found the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999,  which is composed of international musicians including: Israelis, Arabs, and Iranians. This week, before his orchestra performed in South Korea, Barenboim said, “Music cannot solve conflicts,  but music has the ability to make people interested and passionate about the same thing,”  For the full story, please see: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwKlHCm2ufOtt6Tvosjpez941X4Q?docId=CNG.395bec0157ae53758ac65c87b4cf6e70.211

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In the news: in honor of artist’s Alexander Calder- a Google doodle

In honor of the birthday mobile sculptor inventor, Alexander Calder, play with a Calder-like mobile. The moving mobile will appear on Google search today Friday July 22. The left side of the interactive mobile reminds me of a hungry plant from the Little Shop of Horrors: “Feed Me!” Before becoming an artist, Mr. Calder studied engineering. According to the Calder Foundation, one of the most profound experiences in Mr. Calder’s life occurred when he was working as a fireman on a Ship’s Boiler Room. When he awoke one day (on a ship heading from New York to San Francisco) he saw both a radiant sunrise and a resplendent full moon. At that moment the ship lay off the coast of Guatemala, and Calder could see each striking vista on opposite horizons. What an incredible sight that must have been…

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4-Oh-5 Things to do during Carmageddon weekend

Angelenos Do not fear.   The end of days is not near. A CULTURAL COCKTAIL is the antidote to mass hysteria  Here are ways to spend your weekend away from the 405 (yes, the Getty Brentwood is closed) 5.  Check out Vermeer at the Norton Simon on loan from the Metropolitan Museum http://www.nortonsimon.org/ 4.  Relax in the gardens at the Old Mill to the strains of the Cal Philharmonic http://www.calphil.org/concerts/more-concerts-events/old-mill/ 3. See some tranquil Pre-Raphaelite ladies at the Huntington http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary_02.aspx?id=9450 2. Watch ballerinas dance to Shostakovich at the Music Center. http://www.musiccenter.org/ 1. Breathe.

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