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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp

(Video Link) I’ve long found the Sugar Plum Fairy to be among the most enchanting parts of The Nutcracker. Here’s a performance by Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec, a duo that plays a glass harp so large that it covers five octaves. -via The Hairpin | Performers’ Website | Previously: Sugar Plum Fairy on Tesla Coils

The "Sunrise" Fanfare of "Also Sprach Zarathustra"

YouTube link. The performance here is by the Portsmouth Sinfonia – students in Portsmouth, England, directed by English composer Gavin Byers. The Sinfonia had an unusual entrance requirement, in that players had to either be non-musicians, or if a musician, play an instrument that was entirely new to them… The only rules were that everyone had to [...]