The Nutcracker in March?

Why would a classical music radio station play music from The Nutcracker—a ballet with a Christmas theme—in March?

Are radio stations trying to get a jump on Christmas advertizing by starting Christmas music in March instead of October?

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Berlin Philharmonic’s new maestro: did they ask the ticket buyers?

Did you follow the Berlin Philharmonic's process for selecting a new conductor?  It's been called a conclave because of the secrecy it's shrouded in.  After eleven hours of voting there was no "white smoke."  Berliners speculated that someone may have, God forbid, declined the job!  One usually doesn't say no to the BP.

In the end, the ballots favoured Kirill Petrenko.

The conclave approach is intriguing and it's a good marketing because it attracts lots of attention, but did anyone think of asking the ticket buying public who they would like to see as maestro?


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