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READ: Maestro Lorin Maazel on Kim Kardashian's No Underwear Bathroom Selfie...with Kanye West!

READ: Maestro Lorin Maazel on Kim Kardashian's No Underwear Bathroom Selfie...with Kanye West! >>

Yes, indeed, we've writ it here before. And now, alas, it must be wroughten yet again: No, Maestro Lorin Maazel is not the wordsmith his daughter is. It's not just us, though. Even the New York Post's "Page Six" concurs.

Classicalite Digest, Vol. 7

Classicalite Digest, Vol. 7 >>

OK, good and faithful Classicalites--put down your phones and tablets. The latest edition of the Classicalite Digest (Volume 7, that is) is out now.

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Leon Botstein >>

Be it a concert that reframes musical war horses or one that gives music, herself, a frame (during the middle of a labor dispute, no less), the American Symphony Orchestra is certainly one of the more daring ensembles you'll hear play Carnegie Hall. Under the baton and brain of Leon Botstein, the ASO takes its founder Leopold Stokowski's avowed intention--namely, "that orchestral music shall remain accessible and affordable for everyone"--and gives it a new charge: Orchestral music should also edify the public at large. But as Botstein duly notes in this exclusive discussion with Classicalite editor-in-chief Logan K. Young, in the sound world of late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter, intellectual heft never does betray the "immensely musical."

Comedian Stephen Fry Co-Curates Royal Opera House's Deloitte Ignite Verdi/Wagner Festival

WATCH: Stephen Fry/Alan Davies at Royal Opera House's Deloitte Ignite Verdi/Wagner Festival >>

What does great art do to our bodies? In an exciting world first, The Science of Opera with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies saw a team of medical scientists from UCL discovering what happens inside us when we go to the opera. Opera lover Stephen Fry took his friend, Royal Opera virgin and QI panellist Alan Davies, to the Royal Opera House. They were hooked up with the latest medical gadgetry to record the physical effects on their bodies of watching Verdi's political masterpiece Simon Boccanegra. The Science of Opera promises some landmark medical discoveries as well as answering some key questions; was Alan Davies won over by opera? Did Stephen Fry get shivers down the spine during the show? Did either of them fall asleep? And what could opera do to you?

UPDATE: Min-Jin Kym's £1.2 Million Stradivarius, Stolen then Returned, is Going to Auction >>

UPDATE: The Strad that was stolen from a London Pret A Manger back in 2010--amazingly recovered, unharmed, three long years later--is going on sale at auction on December 18. "This violin was a faithful friend for many years, and I was devastated by its loss," Min-Jin Kym said. "Its recovery is an absolute relief, and I am eager to hear the violin onstage once more. I wish its next owner all the best of luck and success."

Fattening Frogs for Snakes

EXCLUSIVE: John Sinclair's Spoken Word @ CBGB Festival >>

OK, so, technically, these were shot up and over in Koreatown--at Chris Noth's fancy pants dinner club, The Cutting Room.

UPDATE: La Scala's Post-Barenboim Conductor is…Fabio Luisi? >>

UPDATE: Now, Italy's La Reppublica is reporting that Genoese maestro Fabio Luisi--principal conductor of the Met since September 2011 (i.e. from whence James Levine withdrew)--may very well be the preferred candidate. Call it "commedia dell'errori."

EXCLUSIVE: Jaap Blonk's Sound Poetry Primer @ Roulette

EXCLUSIVE: Jaap Blonk's Sound Poetry Primer @ Roulette >>

Make no mistake, Jaap Blonk remains the world's foremost sound poet.

Five Quickies: Jackie Evancho to Sony, Andris Nelsons in Boston, Ronald Shannon Jackson Obit, Chinese Classical Music, Destroyer Musical >>

And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in September.

TRANSLATION: Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, "Ancient Scent" >>

Lost in the fire of last year's 'Pierrot' centennial was translation. After all, it was Otto Erich Hartleben's German--translated from the original French of Albert Giraud--that Arnold Schoenberg had set. To wit, over the past 21 weekdays or so, we've be offering a new take on each of Giraud/Hartleben/Appelbaum's 3x7 poems...alongside some of our favorite performances.

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Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen at Jazz at Lincoln Center [PHOTOS] >>

On the centenary of Sun Ra's earthly birth, Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomed his Arkestra to Columbus Circle for the first time. Ever.

UPDATE: Stream Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti's Verdi Bicentennial Concert >>

UPDATE: The concert is streaming live at www.cso.org/verdi and on the CSO's Facebook page.

DOWNLOAD: RE/Search Head V. Vale's 'Lausanne Theme' for Solo Piano >>

A mere 99 cents lands you the latest piano improvisation from the founder of RE/Search Publications.

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