The Week in Review: November 25
Need A Lozenge? Ask the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
At a recent performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, Conductor Tilson Thomas was irked by coughing fits from the audience. His solution? Toss two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges into the audience. Luckily, the audience responded in a happy, good-natured spirit with laughter and applause.
Bay Psalm Book Sells for $14.2 Million
On Tuesday at Sotheby’s auction in New York, the price tag was a hefty $14.2 million for the first book ever written and printed in the United States. This valuable book – a translation of biblical psalms – was purchased by Philanthropist David Rubenstein and will be loaned to libraries across the United States.
Public Dreams Society Disbanding
While the Vancouver-based arts organization responsible for the Parade of Lost Souls is closing its doors, fans of the popular event shouldn’t fear. The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society, co-producer of the procession, plans to carry on the annual tradition in addition to taking over the Public Dreams studio space in Mount Pleasant.
Ian McKellen Done with Broadway… Probably
Audiences keen to catch Ian McKellen on stage better act fast. McKellen, 74, has suggested that his current Broadway production – a double bill of Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land with actor Patrick Stewart – could well be his last production on New York stages.
Catch a behind-the-scenes peek of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in rehearsal for the production.
Acid-Attack Trial Update
This week, dancers in the Bolshoi Ballet were unexpectedly called to the witness stand in defense of artistic director Sergei Filin, who was nearly blinded when sulphuric acid was thrown in his eyes. The dancers were called in rebuttal of witness testimony from the defence who claimed Filin had abused his powers as a leader.