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Olympic Figure Skaters Love "Boléro." Here's Why

Japan's Shoma Uno dressed in all blue, smiling and skating at speed. Uno won the bronze medal in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Men's Single Skating, with Ravel's "Bol´ero" as his soundtrack.
Japan's Shoma Uno, who won the bronze medal in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Men's Single Skating to Ravel's "Bol´éro."

It's been an eventful few weeks in the music world. From the Olympics to Valentine's Day, plus some local curiosities, here's what's been going on!

  1. Music is always a big part of an Olympic opening ceremony. But this year, there was a distinctly classical flair at the Beijing Games, and Twitter took notice...
  2. Valentine's Day is always a good day for classical music. But is it a good day for classical musicians? Here's what the The Violin Channel found out about the pros and cons of making music with your spouse!
  3. Here's a cool story from former GBH News Producer Amanda McGowan on the curious history, traditions, and mathematical intricacies of playing the bells at Boston's Old North Church.
  4. The Winter Olympics means figure skating, and as sure as night follows day, one work is almost guaranteed to make an appearance: Ravel's Boléro. But what makes it so compelling? Composer Melissa Dunphy investigates.
    I Know, But: “Boléro”
Chris Voss is the Weekday Afternoon Host and a Producer for CRB.