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October 30
Can You Guess? In 1962 a classic Halloween-themed dance tune was #1 in the charts. (Pass the potatoes please.)  Can You Guess what that song was?

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1522 - Jean Mouton, Flemish composer, died in St. Quentin, France.

1830 - Premiere of Hector Berlioz's Sardanapale in Paris, a cantata that won his the Prix de Rome.

1854 - Julia Rive-King, US composer, was born.

1883 - Death of German composer Robert Volkmann.

1896 - Premiere of Amy Beach's Gaelic Symphony in Boston.

1939 - Grace Barnett Wing (aka Grace Slick), vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, was born.

1944 - Premiere of Aaron Copland's ballet Appalachian Spring .

1946 - Premiere of Aram Khachaturian's cello concerto.

1957 - Premiere of Dimitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 The Year 1905. USSR State Symphony, Natan Rakhlin in Moscow.

1984 - Michael Jackson's Thriller was certified at 20 times Platinum by the RIAA.
Shlomo Mintz
Violinist Shlomo Mintz was born October 30, 1957 in Moscow.  His family emigrated  emigrated to Israel two years later to Israel, where, starting in 1964, he studied with the renowned Ilona Feher. At age 11, he made his concerto debut with the Israel Philharmonic.  Soon thereafter Zubin Mehta called on him to substitute for Itzhak Perlman on Paganini's Violin Concerto #1 on just one week's notice.
In 1973, Mintz left Israel for the United States to continue his studies at the Juilliard School of Music under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay, who helped him with both technique and interpretation.  He also made his Carnegie Hall debut in a concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 16.

At the age of eighteen, Shlomo Mintz added the role of conductor to his artistic endeavours
An extensive European tour in 1977 brought recognition in numerous venues as Mintz performed with leading orchestras directed by many of the finest conductors. A series of recordings for Deutsche Grammophon followed. First, a 1980 release of the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos with Claudio Abbado leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the two Prokofiev concertos with the same forces. Two years later, an all-star Vivaldi The Four Seasons placed Mintz in the company of Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Isaac Stern.

Mintz served as conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 1989 to 1993.  He also led such symphonic ensembles as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (United Kingdom), the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan), and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1994, Mintz became music director of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra in Maastricht (The Netherlands), while still continuing to perform as a guest soloist around the world. His St. Louis performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto was hailed as a classic.  Mintz is a member of the Golan/Mintz/Haimovitz Trio and Mintz also plays recitals.  He has made numerous recordings and has received prizes and awards worldwide.

Mintz is one of the founders (and remains a patron) of the founders of the
Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel.  This is an advanced-level summer program for young talented violinists from all around the world.  He also gives master classes worldwide. He has been a member of the jury of several important international competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1993) and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels (1993 and 2001). In October 2001 Mr. Mintz was President of the Jury of the International Henryk Wieniawski Competition for the Violin in Poznan, Poland. In 2002 Mintz was named President of the Jury of the Sion Valais International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland.

In addition to conducting, Mintz continues to perform on both violin and viola. His violin is a Guarneri del Gesł dated 1700, while his viola is by Carlo Giuseppe Testore from 1696.
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