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2008-08-03 00:00:17

By WORDS BY MICHAEL CHURCH Four more classical stars from China Virtuoso pianist or 'flashy' showman? On Friday, millions of people can decide for themselves as Lang Lang performs at the Olympic opening ceremony Love him - or loathe him? I actually quite like Lang Lang, who, as China's pre-eminent classical pianist, is now flamboyantly girdling the globe. Having interviewed him several times over the past few years, I've watched his metamorphosis from callow youth to debonair...

2008-07-14 15:00:34

By Channing Gray No performer at the Newport Music Festival has been more anticipated than Wai Yin Wong, the 15-year-old Chinese piano prodigy who last year took the gold at the Horowitz Competition in Ukraine. Reports of her considerable talent were circulating at Friday's opening-night concert, and festival director Mark Malkovich, a judge at the Horowitz, called her "astonishing," and predicted she would have a big career. Well, Saturday night at The Breakers, Wong, making her...

2008-07-12 15:00:17

By Channing Gray The Newport Music Festival, the annual chamber music marathon set in the city's lavish mansions, picked one of its own last night to open season number 40. Eduardus Halim, the Indonesian pianist who has appeared at many a festival, was back at The Breakers for an evening of Chopin and Liszt -- a long evening of Liszt. The rail-thin Halim, the last student of piano legend Vladimir Horowitz, spent an hour and 20 minutes making his way though Liszt's Evenings in Vienna, a...

2008-07-02 21:00:14

By Catherine Garcia REDLANDS - Proving that age is not a factor when it comes to talent, the Young Artists Audition winners gave a stellar concert Tuesday night at the Redlands Bowl. Now in its 57th year, the Young Artists Auditions were held in April. More than 50 auditioned, and eight won. The performance began and ended with piano selections from Frederic Chopin. Edward Gao, 15, of Redlands, played "Nocturne in C# Minor, Op. posth." with much emotion, swaying to the music and...

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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.