link roundup

Link roundup is a weekly list of fun, weird, and just plain interesting things that you might not have seen before, from all corners of the classical music internet.

The opening scene of Opera North's production of "Trouble in Tahiti"
Opera North

Need some good news? Here are 6 stories to brighten your day... and someone playing Mahler on a rubber chicken.

Bolshoi Ballet dancers check in on the Russia-Spain match backstage during a performance of "Raymonda." Credit: Bruna Gaglianone/Bolshoi Theatre
Bruna Gaglianone/Bolshoi Theatre

This week's link roundup features a whale choir, a classical music love story, and a cat playing theremin. What more do you want?

Masary Studios; A Far Cry
Diana Hunt; Yoon S. Byun

This week in our link roundup, we highlight a few local musicians, share some inspirational stories, and ask: how mad do you get when audiences cough during concerts? We bet you don't get as mad as Riccardo Muti.

The world's been a pretty bleak place lately, so here's something that brought me a lot of joy this week: banjo music -- specifically, banjo and/or bluegrass arrangements of classical pieces I know and love. 

Here on our weekly link roundup, we've covered quite a few people who make music with unconventional instruments. This week: a few gems for you, including, yes, lightsaber toys.