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The Next Round is on Me...ndelssohn

Image of a sweating tumbler of whiskey poured over ice, sitting on a wooden table with a brick wall in the background
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It's been a fairly quiet few weeks on the fun-and-funky-classical-news front as organizations ramp up for their summer festivals. Nevertheless, here are some interesting things that have been happening around the classical world, followed by a small list of festivals happening around our region.


Legendary composer and conductor John Williams has suggested that, at age 90, after completing a few more scores, he's probably going to call it a day. Probably.


In 1968, a scientist named Spencer Silver came up with an adhesive that was not-so-sticky, but could be used again and again. It didn't have any practical use to his mind, but there it was.

A wall covered in a variety of colorful post-it notes
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Post-it Notes on a Wall

Then, according to ClassicFM, he met a choir singer, who needed a bookmark that wouldn't fall out of his scores.


If you find yourself in Portland, OR this summer with a craving for cocktails and live classical, check out "Mendelssohn's"! The new cocktail bar features chamber music three nights a week, and is the brain child of musician and distant Mendelssohn relative Lisa Lipton. Perhaps a similar joint will open in Boston sometime soon?


North, South, East, and West, here are some festivals you should be aware of this summer to close out this week's roundup:

  • WEST: Tanglewood Music Festivalkicks off this Friday, and will be the summer home for the Boston Symphony through August 25. We'll have all the concerts for you if you can't make it to the Berkshires, and you can find out more here.
  • NORTH: The fabulous young musicians of Marlboro Music are waiting in the wings, performing from July 16-August 14 in beautiful Marlboro, VT.
  • SOUTH: The Newport Chamber Music Festival, down in Newport RI, is running through July 17.
  • EAST: The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival enters it's 43rd season this summer, and hosts concerts all over the Cape from August 2-19.

Also, if you hurry, you can still catch the last concerts of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which runs through July 10 (with an "August Annex" running August 12-14).

Marlboro Music Festival
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Marlboro Music

Chris Voss is the Weekday Afternoon Host and a Producer for CRB.