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In today’s classical news: How Muhammad Ali’s life was turned into an opera, a video of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi’s ‘Requiem’,  Sophie Lewis is appointed as NCO Managing Director. A biologist on music as being the oldest form of art, the director of the San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson-Thomas steps down after 25 years and the Teatro Real in Madrid is celebrating its 20th anniversary since its reopening.

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Sophie Lewis appointed as NCO managing director

Sophie Lewis has been appointed as Managing Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She will step down from her current role as chief executive of Sinfonia Cymru to succeed Carrie Sage, who is stepping down at the end of this year.

ORA announces musical advent calendar

ORA is to mark the festive season with a musical advent calendar.

Available on the ensemble’s website, the ORA Advent Calendar will see a new door open each day, allowing listeners access to a daily contemporary carol recorded by the group.

The Violin Channel

Finalists Announced at South Korea’s Isangyun International Violin Competition

The 4 Finalists have today been announced for the 2017 Isangyun International Violin Competition, in Tongyeong, South Korea.

Guardian

Float like a butterfly, sing like a soprano … how Muhammad Ali’s epic life became an opera

Among the many tributes to Muhammad Ali – books, films, documentaries, exhibitions and plays – an immersive orchestral experience might be one of the least expected. But in Louisville, Kentucky, the boxer’s birthplace, the ambitious young maestro who leads the Louisville Orchestra has found his muse.

SF Station

Au Revoir! SF Symphony Director Michael Tilson-Thomas Announces Plans to Leave after 25 Years

Earlier this week, SF Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson-Thomas announced that he will step down from his post after the 2019-20 season, marking 25 years in his current role, and perhaps an end of an incredible chapter for the symphony.

Limelight

Bronwyn Douglass wins Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship

Mezzo-soprano Bronwyn Douglass has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, awarded by the Opera Foundation for young Australians.

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Verdis „Requiem“ mit Riccardo Muti RICCARDO MUTI

Riccardo Muti war zu Gast bei Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Musik-Heute

Thomanerchor geht auf Nordamerika-Tournee

Der Leipziger Thomanerchor unter der Leitung von Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz geht auf eine Konzertreise durch Nordamerika. Vom 6. bis 22. November sind Auftritte in neun Orten in Kanada und den USA geplant, teilte der Chor am Donnerstag mit.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“Musik ist wahrscheinlich die älteste Kunst”

In seinem neuen Buch befasst sich der portugiesische Neurowissenschaftler Antonio Damasio mit dem biologischen Fundament der menschlichen Kultur. Denn ohne Gefühle gebe es keine Kultur. Eine besondere Rolle spielt für Damasio in diesem Zusammenhang die Musik.

El Mundo

La favorita es ella

El Teatro Real celebró anoche los 20 años de su reapertura con una función de gala de La favorita, la ópera de Donizetti con la que se abrió la programación del coliseo madrileño en 1850.

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@blnfestspiele Der Artist-in-Residence, @tyshawnsorey, spricht über seine Konzerte beim #jazzfestbln. Heute Abend tritt er mit seinem Trio auf.

 

 

The historic Teatro Real in Madrid

(Written on November 3, 2017 )

In today’s news: Clemency Burton-Hill on where to start your classical music experiences, musicians fight homelessness and Lawrence Ball explains his spiritual approach to music. Australian classical performances generated more than one billion dollars, while the Vienna symphony orchestra is under financial review and the local government of Nordrhein-Westfalen is promising sustained financial aid for their artists. Porsche has a new ad featuring a “High Speed Orchestra” and a new production of Cavalleria rusticana is bringing polish communism to the UK.

The Times

Are you getting your classical music ‘one-a-day’?

Clemency Burton-Hill was recently asked by the manager of her local café to make him a playlist. They had been chatting, and he’d discovered she was a classical music broadcaster.

International Arts Manager

Communist Poland comes to the UK in radical new opera adaptation

A new production of Cavalleria rusticana, commissioned by Opera North and developed by Polish director Karolina Sofulak, has premiered in the UK.

Exploring the spiritual element of classical music

Composer Lawrence Ball explains how his spiritual approach to classical music (and festival management) will play out at this year’s Planet Tree Music Festival — and why audiences will be lying down

ITV News

Musicians join the fight against homelessness

The musicians Against Homelessness campaign has spread across the country. The idea is to raise money for Crisis, the charity that helps people who’re homeless.

Ad Week

Porsche Conducts a ‘High Speed Orchestra’ to Show Off Its New Sound System

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Porsche’s latest ad is about performance, but it’s probably not what you’re expecting.

Limelight

Live performances generated more than $1 billion in 2016

Classical music and opera in Australia both saw significant growth in revenue, report shows.

Washington Post

New baton, familiar style: Performer-conductor Stutzmann at the NSO

Nathalie Stutzmann is a performer-turned-conductor: one of a veritable bevy of artists who have expanded their reach by mounting the podium.

Pizzicato

Rechnungshof nimmt Wiener Symphoniker in die Mangel

Die Wiener Symphoniker haben mit « nachhaltigen finanziellen Problemen » zu kämpfen heißt es in einem Bericht des Rechnungshofs der Stadt Wien.

Klassik.com

Land NRW will Kommunen bei der Kulturförderung unterstützen

Die Kulturministerin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (parteilos), hat im Kulturausschuss angekündigt, Kommunen bei der Förderung von Kultureinrichtungen unterstützen zu wollen.

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Sinfonieorchester Basel in Grossbritannien

Das Sinfonieorchester Basel gibt zur Zeit unter Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton in dessen Heimat vier Konzerte – in London, Edinburgh, Manchester und Birmingham.

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(Written on October 6, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

Tagesspiegel

Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

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Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

Pizzicato

Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

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(Written on June 20, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, University of St Andrews is to reveal plans for a new music centre later this month. A charity has launched a research project and announced funding to support up to 20 postgraduate students on the investigation of music that were written during the Holocaust. Violinist Augustin Hadelich is the first prize winner of Indianapolis Competition. Anipo, a French organisation is encouraging musicians to fit electronic chips to their instruments and bows and register them with the network in order to fight instrument thefts. Also, an “opera without voices” for Syria, and the Elbphilharmonie’s small hall is compared to a cave.

Classical Music Magazine

University of St Andrews to reveal plans for new music centre

The University of St Andrews is to unveil plans for a new £8m music centre later this month.

CMUSE

Research project launched to study the music of the Holocaust

A London-based charity has announced funding to provide support for up to 20 postgraduate students to investigate the music written during the Holocaust.

The Violin Channel

Augustin Hadelich – Indianapolis Competition 1st Prize Winner

Italian-born German violinist Augustin Hadelich has firmly established himself as one of the new generation’s top-tier concert virtuosi.

The Strad

Musician network Anipo aims to prevent instrument theft with electronic chip

The French organisation is encouraging musicians around the world to fit electronic chips to their instruments and bows and register them with the network.

Pizzicato

Robert Moody Quits As Music Director Of The Winston-Salem Symphony

Robert Moody, Music Director Of The Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) has announced his departure in May 2018.

The New York Times

A Long Party of Concerts to Celebrate Anton Bruckner

Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim is to present Bruckner’s nine numbered symphonies in nine concerts.

Der Tagesspiegel

Grotte mit Galerie

Zweiter Tag der Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung: Auch der Kleine Saal ist optisch und akustisch gelungen. Ein Konzert mit dem Hausensemble Resonanz.

Die Welt

Liebe Hamburger, das kommt Weltklasse sehr nahe

Der Akustiktest geht weiter: Jetzt wurde auch im kleinen Saal der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie das erste Konzert gegeben. Eine schmale Schachtel mit vielen Möglichkeiten und warmem Klang.

musik heute

Bayerische Staatsoper sucht neue Doppelspitze – Zeit für Experimente?

Die Berufung von Bogdan Roščić zum künftigen Intendanten der Wiener Staatsoper war ein kulturpolitischer Paukenschlag. Die Auswirkungen dessen heizen jetzt die Diskussion an, wer 2021 in die Chefetage der Bayerischen Staatsoper einziehen wird.

El Mundo

Una ‘ópera sin voces’ para Siria

El compositor Alfredo Aracil y el diseñador Alberto Corazón presentan el Museo Reina Sofía ‘Siempre / Todavía‘.

Los Angeles Times

James Conlon to stay at L.A. Opera at least through 2020-21 season

James Conlon, the popular music director of the L.A. Opera celebrating his 10th anniversary with the company this year, will be sticking around for a while longer.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2017 für Sheva Tehoval und Konstantin Lee

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Find out more about the man behind the work on our January cover CD, Carl Orff.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK It’s ‘s Women In Music event in association with &

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Photo: Anipo.org/ French organisation that aims to prevent instrument theft with electronic chip

(Written on January 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, sneaker-star and Metropolitan Opera tenor Francesco Anile got another chance in the spotlight, Romanian culture minister resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera and a missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered on eBay.

New York Post

Metropolitan Opera tenor takes the stage again — in costume

The Italian tenor who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on a moment’s notice last weekend — while still wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers — got another chance in the spotlight Thursday night.

Classical Music Magazine

Romanian culture minister resigns amid opera row

Romania’s culture minister has resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest which has seen staff protests and three performances cancelled. Vlad Alexandrescu announced that he would be stepping down in a letter to the Prime Minister posted on his Facebook page on 27 April.

Classical-music.com

Missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold discovered on eBay

A handwritten symphony manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered by his daughter on eBay, three decades after he is thought to have given it away while suffering from mental illness.

ABC News

Opera singer Nicole Car rising up the ranks of Australia’s opera scene

Nicole Car was hooked on opera from the opening chords of the overture of the first opera she ever saw.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Muttersprache Mozart

Er ist der eleganteste Dirigent der Welt, mit einer Vorliebe für die ganz großen symphonischen Brocken von Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner und Gustav Mahler: Zubin Mehta wird an diesem Freitag 80 Jahre alt

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Podium-Festival Esslingen 2016: Klassik-Events im alten Kino und in der Autowerkstatt

In seinem achten Jahr schwimmt das Esslinger Podium Festival auf einer anhaltenden Erfolgswelle

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Überreichung der Auszeichnung durch den bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann mit Bundesverdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

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Verona: In der Arena herrscht ‘Normalität’

Carlo Fuortes, der die Abwicklung der Geschäfte im finanziell angeschlagenen Betrieb der Opernfestspiele in Verona überwachen soll, hat vor der Presse betont, die Festspiele würden wie geplant stattfinden

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Chicago Symphony’s Pioneering “Beyond The Score” Project Is Canceled

The cost of all the extra elements far outweighed the revenue from ticket sales

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Music in the workplace, pros and cons

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(Written on April 29, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO).

The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s pre-eminent symphony orchestras. Described by the UK Guardian as having “gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring… [and] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying”, it has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s finest musicians since its foundation in 1976.

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The EUYO have previously worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Svlatislav Rostropovich and particularly its three Music Directors and current Chief Conductor: Founding Music Director Claudio Abbado, former Music Director Vladimir Ashkenazy, former Music Director and current Conductor Laureate Bernard Haitink, and Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.

A truly global brand, the EUYO has performed in most of the world’s major concert halls, notably at the Royal Albert Hall, the Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and the Boston Symphony Hall.

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We are very much looking forward to supporting the EUYO over the next few months. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as the website, Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on March 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ROH introduces e-ticket service and the BBC launches search for amateur orchestra. Also, Accentus wins an International Classical Music Award for video performance and Saffron Hall announces first opera commission

Classical Music Magazine

ROH to introduce e-ticket service

The Royal Opera House is introducing an e-ticket system for those making online ticket purchases

BBC

BBC launches search for amateur orchestra

The BBC has launched a search to find the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestras, as part of a new season that aims to inspire creativity

Musik Heute

International Classical Music Awards verkünden Preisträger 2016

Berlin (MH) – Die Jury der International Classical Music Awards hat die Preisträger 2016 bekanntgegeben

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces first opera commission

Saffron Hall’s first opera commission, The Glass Knight, will premiere on 9 March 2016

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Auf zu klanglichen Abenteuern

Das Festival Ultraschall Berlin, veranstaltet vom Deutschlandradio Kultur und dem RBB-Kulturradio, startet am Mittwoch und vereint gegenseitige Aspekte Neuer Musik

Pizzicato

Frank Peter Zimmermann To Use Ex-Dupont/Grumiaux Stradivarius

Frank Peter who had to restitute the 1727 Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius violin to the financial liquidators of the WestLB, has finally got a new instrument

Codex Flores

Kollektivkomposition Mozarts und Salieris entdeckt

Der deutsche Musikwissenschaftler und Komponist Timo Jouko Herrmann hat in den Beständen des Nationalmuseums in Prag eine verloren geglaubte Vokalkomposition von Mozart aus dessen Wiener Zeit wiederentdeckt

France Musique

Philharmonie de Paris : une première année couronnée de success

Un an après avoir ouvert ses portes, la Philharmonie de Paris dresse un premier bilan très enthousiasmant

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(Written on January 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical:NEXT has opened registration for its fifth edition, Soprano Elizabeth Watts has embarked on a five-year quest to discover and record Scarlatti’s finest arias, and The Observer interviews Proms founder Sir Henry Wood as he celebrates 50 years as a conductor

The Guardian

Sir Henry Wood interview: ‘Painting is my real love’

2 October 1938: in a classic interview from our archive, The Observer meets Proms founder Sir Henry Wood as he celebrates 50 years as a conductor

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT 2016 open for registration

Classical:NEXT has opened registration for its fifth edition, which takes place in Rotterdam next May

Gramophone

The Boston Symphony’s Joseph Silverstein has died

Born March 21, 1932; died November 22, 2015

The Guardian

Searching for Scarlatti: my mission to rehabilitate the Baroque daddy

He’s the father of modern opera but nowhere near as celebrated as he should be. Soprano Elizabeth Watts decided it was time to change that, and embarked on a five-year quest to discover and record Scarlatti’s finest arias

International Arts Manager

ISPA announces 2016 award winners and fellows

International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 Awards as well as its 2016 Fellowship programme

Pizzicato

Skurril: ‘Ode an die Freude’ öffentlich laut zu singen ist strafbar

Als die rechtspopulistische AfD-Partei am vergangenen Samstag eine Kundgebung auf dem Mainzer Gutenbergplatz durchführte, haben die Mitarbeiter des Mainzer Staatstheaters vom Balkon des Hauses herab Beethovens ‘Ode an die Freude’ gesungen. Deswegen wurden sie jetzt angezeigt, nicht von der AfD, sondern … von der Polizei

NMZ

Josef E. Köpplinger bleibt Intendant des Gärtnerplatztheaters

Josef E. Köpplinger bleibt Intendant des Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz in München. Der bayerische Ministerrat verlängerte am Dienstag den Vertrag des Österreichers bis zum 31. August 2023

Codex Flores 

Wiener Philharmoniker sammeln für Flüchtlingsheim

Die Wiener Philharmoniker nutzen die Schweizer Crowdfunding-Plattform Wemaekit, um ein «Haus für Asylsuchende» einzurichten. Den Betrieb des Hauses, das das Orchester in Niederösterreich gefunden hat, will es mit einer aktiven Patenschaft begleiten

El Pais 

“No quiero ser una japonesa que baila: quiero ser bailaora, sin más”

Yoko Tamura recorrerá su país junto a artistas españoles con el espectáculo ‘Miradas’. Asia aprende a taconear

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Acuerdo entre el Teatro Real y la Fundación Albéniz

Ayer firmaban en Madrid un acuerdo el Teatro Real y la Fundación Albéniz mediante el cual la Cátedra de Canto “Alfredo Kraus” Fundación Ramón Areces de la Escuela Reina Sofía, ampliará su programa docente con el elenco de cantantes y directores de escena que participan en las temporadas del Teatro Real

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Classic FM: This little guy is REALLY unhappy about learning his scales:

ArtsProfessional : launches fund worth £80k for Scottish community arts and culture projects

Classical Music: Hans Abrahamsen has won the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for ‘let me tell you’. Here’s on the song cycle:

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(Written on November 25, 2015 )

100 years ago, on 28 October 1915Eine Alpensinfonie by Richard Strauss was premiered in Berlin by the Dresden Hofkapelle, conducted by the composer. The critics didn’t particularly like it, some even called it ‘cinema music.’

'Eine Alpensinfonie' World Premiere Programme

‘Eine Alpensinfonie’ World Premiere Programme

Strauss’s love of nature greatly influenced this atmospheric composition. For most of his life, Strauss lived in southern Bavaria at the foot of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. Eine Alpensinfonie portrays the distinct episodes of an alpine trek undertaken by Strauss and friends during which they got lost in a thunderstorm.

Although Strauss labelled the work a symphony, it doesn’t follow the typical conventions of a multi-movement symphony. The work consists of twenty-two continuous sections of music making it technically a tone poem.

Eine Alpensinfonie includes a wide range of instrumental combinations and effects, requiring an orchestra of 123 players. Strauss regarded performing this piece as the equivalent of the challenge of climbing an actual mountain.

Listen to Eine Alpensinfonie, played here by the Dresden Staatskapelle who first premiered this dramatic work on this day 100 years ago!

(Written on October 28, 2015 )