The Friday Informer: Living the Music Life

  • Zac Bond (23 and a Sagittarius living in Blacksburg, Virginia) is listening to John Cage’s entire recorded catalog. The wonders of the Internet mean we can all follow along. [Glenn Freeman]

  • The gentlemen of the London Phil have been giving specially designed suits made of a sportsware fabric known as Coolmax a trial run. Though I wouldn’t mind dumping the dinner jacket dress code altogether, sounds like it might be the perfect gift for new music saxophonist/bike racer Brian Sacawa. [ArtsJournal]

  • About $1 million worth of cocaine was found on trucks carrying La Traviata sets and costumes en route from Germany to Dublin. Predictably, Opera Ireland CEO David Collopy told Reuters, “We don’t know how the drugs got in there.” Thus, another blow to the prim and proper image of classical life. Just wait until Jerry Springer The Opera tries to squeak through customs. [Reuters via Musical America]

  • Thursday’s NYT reports a “little-noted provision in the tax relief package to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina” which “allows donors who make cash gifts to almost any charity by the end of this year to deduct an amount equal to virtually 100 percent of their adjusted gross incomes, double the normal limit of 50 percent of income.” For readers in a position to be so generous, our operators are standing by.

  • In the spirit of the quickly approaching tricks and treats, what scary piece of music will you be listening to this weekend while downing handfuls of candy corn?

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