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Visitors explore the Chopin Muzeum’s new Zelazowa Wola room, with a 3D wraparound map covering Chopin’s time in Poland.

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Marcin Czechowicz, courtesy of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute

A feature-length film documenting the founding and early years of the Louisville Orchestra is set for theatrical release in Louisville on May 20. Music Makes a City, the work of San Francisco filmmakers Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler, is a tale of artistic vision and civic commitment told through local voices, vintage photos (pictured here: the orchestra preparing to depart the city for a 1950 concert at Carnegie Hall; founding conductor Robert Whitney displaying a circa-1955 product from the orchestra’s First Edition Records label), and interviews with key figures including current Music Director Jorge Mester and composers Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, Gunther Schuller, and Joan Tower. A special screening of Music Makes a City will take place June 17 during the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference in Atlanta. To view a trailer from the film, visit http://www.youtube.com/ owsleybrownpresents.

Chopin Goes High Tech Marcin Czechowicz, courtesy of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Frederic Chopin’s cufflinks—as well as scores, manuscripts, letters, and other personal effects—are now on display in Warsaw, Poland at the revamped Chopin Muzeum, which opened March 3, two days after the composer’s 200th birthday. In contrast to its setting in the 17th-century Ostrogski Palace, the exhibit is ultramodern, using cutting-edge technology to provide customized audiovisual presentations based on preferences recorded electronically at the ticket counter. Designed by the Milan firm Migliore + Servetto Associated Architects, the exhibit’s four floors are divided into galleries with names like “Chopin in Paris” and “Women in Chopin’s Life.” One gallery simulates Chopin’s father’s drawing room; another, outfitted with colorful cushioned furniture, allows children to use touch screens to learn about the composer and his world.

Massachusetts Concert Honors Earth In February, the Orchestra of Indian Hill in Littleton, Massachusetts was at the center of

works chosen to “honor the earth and its people.” An evening concert at Littleton High School Performing Arts Center included selections from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Holst’s The Planets, an arrangement of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and music by Native American flutist/composer R. Carlos Nakai. Daytime activities included a hand-drumming workshop led

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“Peace and Harmony,” a daylong Native American festival that culminated in a concert of

by the Wolf Cry Singers and presentations by Native American storyteller Jennifer Lee.

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Hand-drummer Harry Robinson gives instruction during Indian Hill Music’s “Peace and Harmony” festival.

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The hand-drum group Wolf Cry Singers performed at Indian Hill Music’s Native American Festival, in Littleton, Massachusetts in February.

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Symphonyonline may jun 2010  
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