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With "Mountain," director Jennifer Peedom has done for the mountaineering film what Marks & Spencer's did for food advertisements years ago: taken the concept and beautified it to such an extent that it provokes a visceral response. Salivating over the movie's visual perfection is the only appropriate reaction.

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A TOWN centre street cleaner with a spring in her step has become an internet sensation after a film of her dancing has gone viral. More than 100,000 people have watched the clip on Facebook of Blackburn with Darwen Council street sweeper driver Hayley Metcalfe showing off her moves as a busker plays the Andy Williams hit Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

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Composer Max Richter will bring his overnight performance of "SLEEP," one of the longest single pieces of classical music ever to be recorded and performed, to Grand Park in Los Angeles on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Composer Max Richter doesn't want a boisterous standing ovation or to hear loud cheers during the live performance of his album, "Sleep." He prefers the quiet sounds of breathing - or even a bit of snoring.

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Carl Grapentine's broadcasts have been a balm to Chicago's classical music listeners for decades. For the past 22 years, music lovers across the Chicago area have awoken to the sounds of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms a and Grapentine.

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When Gottfried von Einem 's "Der Prozess" takes the stage this summer, the Salzburg Festival will pay homage not only to one of Austria's most important 20th-century composers but also to a crucial figure in its rebirth after the Second World War. His opera "Dantons Tod" in 1947 became the first opera - other than those by Richard Strauss - to have its world premiere at the festival.

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TURKU, Finland - Sergey Avilkin, one of the hundreds of Russians now sheltering in Finland to avoid arrest as "extremists" in their home country, has no interest in politics or politicians and says that he has always followed the biblical injunction to "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's."

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The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors, will give you a night to remember at Trinity-on-Main at 69 Main Street in New Britain on Sunday, July 21. Whether playing a neighborhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam or Shanghai, the group offers professional, sparkling and most of all, good humoured performance. They genuinely love what they do, and you'll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs, exhilarating classics, a capellas and popular contemporary songs.

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Husson University's Gracie Theatre will host Blue Hill Bach on Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. The ensemble will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's "Mass in B Minor." Written in 1749, Bach's "Mass in B Minor" was his last completed work.

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Harvey Granat, singer and a historian of The American Songbook, will perform a four-part series at 7 p.m. Thursdays, July 19 through Aug. 9, at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road. Billed as an homage to the Golden Age of Broadway, the four performances will pay tribute to a specific composer or lyricist who contributed to Broadway's most fertile period.

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Sofya Tsygankova, the estranged wife of renowned classical pianist Vadym Kholodenko, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Monday in the killings of their two young daughters at her home in Benbrook. Tsygankova will be committed to a state hospital for evaluation and treatment, state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez ordered.

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