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Skitty's Arts Round-up

Blogger-pianist Jeremy Denk imagines conversing with Sarah Palin about Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata.  Composer John Adams says he's been blacklisted.  Madrigalia is commissioning American composer Libby Larsen to write a new work to be premiered in Rochester next season.  Musicians had high praise for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s soon-to-be released CD at a listening party in New York City this week.  Skitty is looking exceptionally fluffy as we head into a cold spell, and a Dubai radio station fired a DJ for impersonating God on the air on Monday morning.

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The year of musical thinking

In a recent interview, American writer Philip Roth told a story about his Romanian friend Norman Manea.

“Under Ceausescu, Norman went to an older writer from the Party to complain about his readership. The man said, ‘Norman, all a writer needs are eight readers. Think about it. Why do you need more than eight readers? That's enough.

[Pause.]

You, unfortunately, have only three.’”

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Secret Confessions from Skitty


Skitty says, “I had a fab time hearing the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra play for visiting U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi this week.”

See video here!

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Secret Confessions from Skitty

Skitty says, "I SO dig Gnarls Barkley."

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New voice for the arts

The WXXI Public Broadcasting Council is proud to introduce an important new voice for the arts: Penny, the Artsy Hamster.

Born in a plastic bin in Petsmart, she recently accepted a new post as family pet, relocating to a cage in a private Western New York home. Inspired by Skitty, the popular author of “Secret Confessions from Skitty,” Penny now offers to share her considerable knowledge about the arts with you.

Her first question comes from Anonymous in Hightstown, New Jersey:

Dear Penny,

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Secret Confessions from Skitty

Another short and sweet post. I’m in my second week of getting up at 4:00 a.m. to host the local classical music morning show, and I’m a little tapped out. (I'll have some richer material for you, including a bizarre RPO-related story that landed in my e-mail this week. But I can’t get to it until later.) So I’ll stoop to cat-blogging with this message from Skitty and a picture taken this morning in our muddy garden.

Skitty says, “Spring rocks!”

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Secret Confessions from Skitty

Skitty has cabin fever. She's been pulling her fur out. The vet recommended she wear an "Elizabethan collar" for a few days.

Skitty says, "This stinks."

She confesses she's very curious as to the contents of the classical music CD Eliot Spitzer allegedly wanted to use to set the mood in his hotel room on February 13th. What was he thinking of? Samson and Delilah? Inquiring minds want to know.

Read more.

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Secret Confessions from Skitty

Skitty says, “I like High School Musical, High School Musical 2, and the song 'Ruby Blue' by Roisin Murphy."

Skitty would also like to squash the urban legend that the Cookie Monster (seen on WXXI-TV’s Sesame Street) will evolve into the Veggie Monster. Not true, though sources close to the puppet say Cookie is diversifying his diet to include the occasional broccoli spear. Skitty is not sure what to make of Lindsay Lohan posing as Marilyn Monroe in New York magazine. She’s wholly vegetarian, but not for kids.

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Secret Confessions from Skitty


Skitty says, “I like Andrea Bocelli.”

Skitty purred when she heard that Bocelli sang at the Metropolitan Opera earlier this week. But the purring stopped when someone explained to her that he was only testing the acoustics. Bocelli, the blind pop star tenor whose reedy voice is much-maligned by classical music critics, is friends with Met general manager Peter Gelb. Bocelli might perform an out-of-season recital.

How bad can he be? Well, he’s no Elvis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btfBQQNk8Q8

Read on for miscellany.

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