Denon Giving Away Vinyl With Turntable Purchase – Consumers who buy any of the Denon entry-level turntables, priced from $140 to $329 during June or July are eligible for a free vinyl audiophile record from a selection of 100 Mobile Fidelity reissues, at a value of up to $30. Artists featured include Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, The Allman Brothers Band and the Cars.
LG Cinema 3DTVs Used in NYC Art Display – A window and inside-store display at Barney’s New York is showing contemporary installation pieces inspired by fashion and created by various artists. It uses the dual-play 3D technology of LG, which allows two viewers to see two simultaneous, yet separate screen images. The one-of-a-kind installation pieces create a unique sensory experience via the blending of technology and visual art.
Shaprio Talks Audio at Congressional Hearing – Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary Shapiro testified on the 6th before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Part of his statement: “Consumers have never before had more choice in how they listen to audio, whether that be streaming services, such as Pandora, Spotify or Livio Radio, or through SiriusXM, podcasts, MP3s or traditional broadcast services. And all this content is being shared over Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms. Along with video services, we have entered a golden age of content creation with any individual, entrepreneur or company able to create and distribute content to millions and millions of listeners.” He went on to urge Congress not to pick winners and losers in how this content is being distributed, since the market is clearly thriving.
Classical News – The current Mariinsky Theater production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace has create a stir. British director Graham Vick’s production shows how much his modern realization of a 16th century tsar resembles Putin’s leadership of today. A balding Boris makes his final case to the TV cameras, with red graffiti behind—presumably written in blood—saying “The people demand change.” Another study of dictatorship in action is the current English National Opera production of Detlev Glanert’s Caligula, which musically makes imaginative use of the percussion section. At the closing pages of the opera the evil emperor leaps to his feet after being murdered by the people, shouting “I’m still alive.” It is a reminder that bloody despots are as much a fact of 21st-century life as they were in ancient times. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has announced that it has resolved $54 million in loans owed to five banks on a real estate deal for the Max M. Fisher Music Center, allowing the 125-year-old orchestra to more confidently move ahead in its financial recovery.
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