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61st Vienna Opera Ball & ‘Blue Danube’ Tiara

Today marks the 61st annual Vienna Opera Ball (Wiener Opernball) at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper). This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the premiere of ‘The Blue Danube’ (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314) by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). It was first performed on 15 February 1867, complete with lyrics by Joseph …


A Waltz for The Queen’s 90th & More

Earlier in February, André Rieu composed The Windsor Waltz in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. In this hilarious YouTube video, a Queen-lookalike (Mary Reynolds from Middlesex) dressed in bright pink matched with black gloves, a structured patent handbag, and black shoes arrives at André’s castle in Maastricht. There, André showers her with presents, lights …

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Period Dramas: Performing Arts

Did you know that there are a number of ballet, opera, and musicals in period films? Ballet Ballet Shoes (2007) – 1920’s Margot (2009) – 1960’s The Red Shoes (1948) – 1940’s Opera La Boheme (2008) – Victorian Io, Don Giovanni (2010) – Rococo Der Freischütz (2010) – Regency Musicals Annie (1999) – 1930’s Chicago (2002) – 1920’s Hallmark’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) …

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Cinderella (2015) Original Soundtrack

Dear readers, The Cinderella (2015) soundtrack has been released on iTunes today! There are 33 tracks for C/US$9.99 or C/US$1.29 per track. The album features two songs from the beloved Disney animation, ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ and ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’, sung by Lily James and Helen Bonham Carter respectively. It also features ‘Strong‘ …

My Favourite Period Drama Original Soundtracks;
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My Favourite Period Drama Original Soundtracks

Today’s recommendation is on music so sit back and enjoy the selection of my favourite original soundtracks (OST) from period drama films! I’ve listed each title alphabetically with the composer and added comments to some albums. Top Albums The Age of Innocence – Elmer Bernstein Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli Atonement – Dario Marianelli Braveheart – James …

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in AVX 3D & the OST;
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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in AVX 3D & the OST

Post from 14 Dec 2012: Today is 14 December 2012 and this is a very important date for us Tolkien fans. Many of us have waited years for ‘The Hobbit’, since the final instalment of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King‘ in 2003. 8 years later, ‘The Hobbit’ has turned into …