July 14th 2012 marked Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday. Woody Guthrie wrote songs that became not only the sound-track of an era, but permanent fixtures of our American Identity. Guthrie's more than 3,000 songs covering countless subjects and appealing to all ages represented the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war.
Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra died on Monday after nine days in a coma following motorcycle in Southern Sicily in August, just days after his 43rd birthday. Considered by many as one of the leading tenors of his generation, Licitra was scheduled to sing the lead tenor role in Aida in the Lyric Opera’s 2011-2012 season.
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