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In the News: Vitamin D deficiency may have contributed to Mozart’s death

According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter. According to the authors of the study, “Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year. Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.” The researchers include: D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria For the

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In the News: Museum of Mathematics to open in Manhattan on East 26th Street

Now here is a real PLUS for the museum world! Glen Whitney, a former Math Professor and algorithm manager at a quantitative hedge fund, has created the only current Museum of Mathematics in the US. The museum will open next year at 11 East 26th Street and will feature colorful, dynamic exhibits (like the one above which explores the interplay between math and music). For the full story please read:  at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/science/28math.html?src=me&ref=general For a link to the museum, please visit: http://momath.org/

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In the News: Baroque Harpists booted out of Central Park

Authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded the soothing harp a “public disturbance” while mega rock concerts can go on, undisturbed. For the full article, please read the link below: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110612/lf_afp/lifestyleusmusicsocietynewyork_20110612051411

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Free Mondays at MOCA- courtesy of Banksy- June 13-Aug 8- Geffen Contemporary

MOCA ANNOUNCES ART IN THE STREETS FREE MONDAYS AT MOCA COURTESY OF BANKSY June 13–August 8, 2011 Los Angeles-The Museum of Contemporary Art announced today that British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of Art in the Streets.    

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In the News: Are cultured men happier and healthier?

Cultural Cocktail fans– Another reason to stroll through a museum, listen to some jazz, or attend a theatrical production filled with witty barbs. It’s good for your health!! Koenraad Cuypers of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Cuypers researched the activities, life satisfaction, perceived health, anxiety and depression of 50,797 adults living in Norway’s Nord-Trondelag County.Controlling for variables like income and education, the researchers discovered that cultural participation leads to positive physical and mental well-being. Although the article focuses on men, I would argue that the same benefit applies to women! For more information, please read: http://www.livescience.com/14283-culture-men-happy-healthy.html

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In the news: Is Classical Music relevant to today’s youth?

Last week, the prestigious Cambridge Union Debating Society at Cambridge University held a debate concerning the relevance of classical music to today’s youth. BBC Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out debated comedian and writer Stephen Fry. The idea that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth was defeated by 365 votes to 57 (with 88 abstentions) For a full report of classical music’s victory, please read: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education-and-Training/Universities/No-sell-out-as-Fry-wins-classical-music-debate-13052011.htm The Cambridge Union will be posting a video of the debate in about two weeks. As soon as it becomes available, the link will be posted on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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In the news: Getty names new president- James Cuno

The J. Paul Getty Trust has named as its new Chief Executive Officer, James Cuno, the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dr. Cuno has an M.A. and PhD in art history from Harvard, where he served as director of the Harvard Art Museums. His curatorial expertise focuses on 18th and 19th century French printmaking. Dr. Cuno wrote about cultural patrimony in his 2008 book Who Owns Antiquity? Wishing Dr. Cuno all the best in ushering a new era at the Getty! For the full report, please read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-getty-cuno-20110510,0,973976.story

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Vermeer painting never before seen in California- to be on view at Norton Simon

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will loan Vermeer‘s “Woman with a Lute” to the Norton Simon Museum this summer.  No West Coast museum currently owns a work by the celebrated Dutch Master. For a full report, please read: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/norton-simon-museum-borrows-vermeer-pearl-picture-from-metropolitan-never-shown-before-in-california.html Johannes Vermeer, 1662-1663 “Woman With a Lute”

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Spanish Police find missing Goya and El Greco Paintings

Spanish Police have discovered two missing masterpieces, El Greco’s ”La Anunciacion,” and Goya’s ”La Aparicion de la Virgen del Pilar.” The paintings had been missing for more than two decades and were recovered after a tip led them to a private home in Alicante. For more information, please read: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/15/Spanish-police-find-El-Greco-Goya-artwork/UPI-72751302884799/

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In the news: Daniel Cátan: Composer of LA Opera’s Il Postino

Unfortunately, Daniel Cátan, a prolific opera composer, died this week at the age of 62. Mr. Cátan composed the music for LA Opera’s “Il Postino,” which had its premiere in Los Angeles only a few months ago. His other operas included: “Florencia en el Amazonas” and  ”Rapaccini’s Daughter.” Mr. Catán received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied under Milton Babbit. For more on the life of Mr. Cátan, please read the following article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/arts/music/daniel-catan-composer-of-operas-in-spanish-dies-at-62.html?src=me

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