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2008-10-07 00:00:18

Physicist who proved the existence of the Fermi surface and was the first President of Clare Hall, Cambridge Brian Pippard was a distinguished physicist and university teacher, a talented classical pianist, a historian of science and an able administrator. He enjoyed discussion and debate and he had an impressive knowledge and understanding of classical physics, quantum physics and statistical thermodynamics. He was the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University from 1971 to...

2008-08-31 15:00:31

The five siblings who make up a Utah classical pianist quintet say their musical efforts are meant to revitalize the classical music tunes they play. Deondra Brown, 28, says she and her siblings Desirae, 29; Greg, 25; Melody, 24; and Ryan, 22, all openly talk with the audience and shorten longer classical tunes to make the genre more appealing to the masses, the Deseret Morning News reported Sunday. "It's supposed to be entertaining," Deondra said of the group's classical style. "It's not...

2008-08-24 22:57:30

By Steve Voce Jazz composer and band leader ONLY THE best musicians succeed in Los Angeles. The pianist Bob Florence, who was born there, won on two fronts: he led one of the finest big bands in the city, Bob Florence's Limited Edition, and he was one of the most sought-after composers and arrangers of music for the city's commercial studios. His often complex compositions ranked with the finest jazz writing of the last 50 years. Yet, despite the fact that he was regularly called to work...

2008-08-09 21:00:10

By Mary Kunz Goldman From a Mozart scholar to a popular jazz crooner and an emphasis on new music, the 2008-09 concert season announced this week by the University at Buffalo Music Department includes a wide array of distinguished artists. Kicking off the series on Sept. 9 will be pianist Robert Levin, who is known worldwide for his expertise on Wolfgang Mozart. Jazz and popular music singer Michael Feinstein will serenade UB's Center for the Arts on Oct. 3. Spring 2009 brings another...

2008-07-28 06:00:00

By Ben Cohen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 27--When pianist Nancy Kilde Peabody of Minneapolis accompanied performers in the Twin Cities, she played so strongly it was as if she were playing two pianos, her friends recalled. Peabody, 76, who was known for her work at the Bloomington Civic Theatre, the former East Side Theater in St. Paul and the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, died of heart disease June 29 in Bloomington. Peabody grew up in Eau Claire, Wis. From 1948 to 1950 attended...

2008-07-25 15:00:47

By Steve Palisin, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 25--The 18th annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art will include a comedy troupe and a children's event with area dancers. The three-weekend fest in September will showcase a variety of arts and music at several sites. Sam Bush, known as the "King of Newgrass," will kick things off Sept. 12 at Brookgreen Gardens. Philip Powell, a pianist and Coastal Carolina University music professor, helped plan the festival in the...

2008-07-20 15:00:24

By Channing Gray After two decades at the helm of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, violinist David Kim, the event's founder, is bowing out. Kim will preside over this month's festival, which gets under way Tuesday, then hand the reins to pianist Natalie Zhu, who has been a familiar face in Kingston for the last four summers. "It's time to move on," Kim wrote in a letter to the board. But before he leaves, Kim will oversee a 20th-anniversary festival with twice the number of...

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...

2008-07-06 15:00:18

By Channing Gray If you missed last year's Newport Music Festival, not to worry. Acorn Media has just released a set of 10 DVDs featuring many of the best concerts from the 2007 season, along with commentary from festival director Mark Malkovich. Highlights include the Newport debut of then 20-year-old pianist Adam Golka, a program of piano selections for eight hands, an appearance by the dazzling organist Hector Olivera, and an evening with pianist John Bayless, who spins out...

2006-07-16 15:36:24

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Bill Miller, the pianist who accompanied singer Frank Sinatra for more than 40 years and played on many of his greatest records, has died at age 91, his daughter said on Sunday. Miller had been hospitalized in Montreal, where he had been performing with Frank Sinatra Jr., after breaking a hip and then suffering a heart attack. He died on Tuesday. Born in New York City, Miller started his long partnership with the elder Sinatra in 1951, and...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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