valentine's day

Music + Culture
10:34 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Obsessive Berlioz Scares Off His Crush

Harriet Smithson caught the eye of the obsessive Berlioz. We imagine this is her telling him to chill out.
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The obvious real-life romance in the classical world is Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck, so for a change of pace I will talk about Harriet Smithson and Hector Berlioz.

Harriet was an Anglo-Irish actress. In one performance of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet in 1827​, in which Harriet played the leading ladies, Berlioz happened to be in attendance. He immediately fell in love with the beautiful and talented actress. 

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Valentine's Day
8:37 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Old Northwest Love Stories You Need To Know About

Credit Patty Colmer from Citrus Heights, United States / WikiCommons

Nothing says love like silk ties, long-distance correspondence, divorce and murder-suicide. OK, maybe a hug and kiss would do, but for your Valentine’s Day entertainment here are some historical Northwest stories that have something to do with love.      

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Valeintine's Day Music
6:32 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Here Are A Few Great Songs For Valentine's Day

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We already know that NWPR staff have great taste in music. You only have to listen to our Classical Service to know that. And so with Valentine's Day on Saturday, we once again asked our staff for recommendations. Here's what we got:

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