By Jacob Stockinger
Today brings mish-mash of news items.
But let’s start with another chapter — a happier chapter after many sad ones — in an on-going saga:
ITEM: Recovered letters by Chopin (below) go on display:
ITEM: Here’s yet another reason to like violinist Hilary Hahn (below).
Since they can’t play, as scheduled, in Japan – violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa – who played a fabulous recital at the Wisconsin Union Theater in February – and others are playing benefit concerts for Japan:
ITEM: The YouTube Symphony 2011 set a record of 33 million viewers and listeners for streaming the on-line event. Get which country, where classical music is so pooh-poohed as in decline, led the pack?
HERE IS ANOTHER BONUS AUDIO/VIDEO CLIP OF THE NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF TOKYO TO HONOR THE STRUGGLE OF JAPAN GOING ON RIGHT NOW. THIS TIME IT IS SOMETHING REASSURING AND QUIET, LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL JAPANESE LANDSCAPE BEFORE THE DEVASTATION: