Arts and Culture

Commercial Alert

They seem to come in waves.
 
Classical music pops up in commercial advertisements and disappears for awhile. Or maybe it’s just me. I don’t watch a lot of commercial TV, so when I happen to catch it in ads, I notice.
 
The other day, my ears perked at the sound of this ad featuring "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's Planets. Watch for the big bite in tempo with the music.
 
 
And how 'bout this classic?
 
 
 
What fun this must have been to put together! 
 
Thanks for checking out my blog. Incidentally, the opinions expressed concerning chocolate peanut butter cups ARE NOT endorsed by the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, underwriters, or staff.  ;)
 
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Marian Anderson

The next time you visit Philly, check out the birthplace of American singer Marian Anderson.
 
The modest, nineteenth century, two-story house has Art Deco touches and a small basement, which the singer remodeled for enjoying music and hanging out with friends. Conductor Arturo Toscanini said she had “a voice such as one hears only once in a 100 years.”
 
In 1939, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing at Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, Anderson performed for 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. 
 
 
 
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Hook and Hastings 1878 Organ

One of the oldest and most interesting pipe organs in town isn’t in a public space. It’s in a private home, a mansion on Mt. Hope Avenue near Highland Park.   Here are pictures!
 
 

 
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