Born this day in 1836, he was the librettist, the storytelling half of the famous Victorian-era theatrical duo known as Gilbert & Sullivan. Gilbert came up with the stories, Sullivan put them to music, and audiences still flock to the theater in droves. Even folks who haven't seen them know many of the plays by name - The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Patience, and of course, The Mikado. Here are two versions of "Three Little Maids from School Are We" - the original and the "hot" one.
Born in Budapest, Hungary on this day in 1899, this violin prodigy is best known for conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and his many recordings featuring its signature sound. Here's a clip of Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a stunning visual presentation put together by Berka243.
I'm a storyteller whose background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
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