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Our Emotions Match Colors to Music, Says Berkeley Study

Next time a classical radio host introduces a piece of music, listen carefully to see if they cite the work's color along with its title, composer and opus number.


Azerbaijan recounts Eurovision votes after awarding Russia 'nul points'

Russia's Eurovision entry, Dina Garipova, came fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night. However, according to the broadcast voting results, the act received no points from neighbouring country the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Telegraph

Spanish opera protests austerity

David Alegre should have been a nervous wreck. Less than a week before the premiere of the opera he wrote and directed, one of his lead singers hadn't turned up for rehearsal.

Global Post

L.A. Philharmonic concerned about potential subway noise

Nothing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's repertoire calls for 135-ton trains. The orchestra aims to keep it that way when Metro light rail cars start rumbling through a subway tunnel near Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Los Angeles Times

Top Five Summer Music Festivals in Historic Settings

In the competitive field of international summer festivals, spectacular sightseeing often combines with beautiful sounds. With stages in Roman amphitheaters, 17th century palaces, and churches where Mozart played, these five festivals should delight both history buffs and classical music fans.


The 10 best music documentaries

As films about Ginger Baker and the Stone Roses are released, here's our pick of the movies in which film-makers focus on the drama behind the songs.

The Guardian

Six-hour opera wins music and theatre award

A six-hour long opera streamed live from four flying helicopters has been honoured at the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) music awards.


Over 100 million viewers watch Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Final and Semi-Finals

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced today that 64 million television viewers tuned in for the 2012 Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest ; 19.4 million for the first Semi-Final and 19.6 million for the second Semi-Final making it once again the most watched entertainment programme on television screens in Europe.

European Broadcasting Union

How does the oldest grand piano sound?

The oldest-surviving English grand piano, one of the first ever made, was built by the piano maker Americus Backers in London in 1772 and has now been returned by English Heritage to the home of its former owner, the Duke of Wellington.


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