Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cleveland is crazy for its symphony orchestra

From The Australian:

THE Cleveland Orchestra flourished in a recession worse than this one. A month after the Wall Street crash of 1929, it was given a blank cheque by a newly bereaved industrialist to build Severance Hall, one of the finest concert halls in America.

Its opulent Beaux Arts auditorium was John Severance's tribute to his late wife, Elisabeth DeWitt. It included a groundbreaking radio studio that was to build the orchestra's reputation far beyond northeast Ohio.

Today, as the industrial state suffers its biggest economic crisis since the 1930s, the orchestra is again appealing to the US spirit of benevolence. With ticket sales in long-term decline in a city that has shrunk by 17 per cent in a decade, the board is seeking benefactors with pockets deeper than Severance's to underwrite the orchestra's future.

Cleveland is a litmus test for the health of classical music in the US, where some of the world's greatest orchestras are struggling to make ends meet.

Cleveland, the 45th largest city in the US, has a smaller market than any of the top five orchestral cities, yet its citizens love their orchestra almost as much as their football team, the Browns.

In the prosperous post-war years, when Time magazine could claim that a town big enough to have a ballpark invariably had a symphony orchestra, the autocratic brilliance of conductor George Szell transformed Cleveland in his own image, "lean, precise, structurally lucid, severe and incredibly rich in detail".

Keep reading HERE
(note that the article is behind a paywall, but can be accessed for free via search engines)

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