22,000 and Still Counting

by Suzanne Calvin

 

There is still time to mark your calendar and plan to be there at Cowboys Stadium for the first ever Dallas Opera Simulcast in a sports venue. The production is Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE, featuring an all-star cast, and it’s a great introduction to opera. Get more details from KERA’s Jerome Weeks here or Classical Music Critic Scott Cantrell of “The Dallas Morning News.”

On a related note: The Dallas Opera’s renowned Principle Oboist, Rogene Russell, sent a story I’d heard previously but never tracked down. A recent edition of the monthly magazine “Mental Floss” had a cover story on the “25 Most Powerful Songs”…including Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Here’s the deal: A sewage treatment plant in Treuenbrietzen, Germany, experimented with music to determine if it could help sludge-eating microbes do their job any faster and more efficiently. The answer, it appeared, was “The Magic Flute.” Mozart’s masterpiece evidently has extraordinary power -- at the cellular level -- and saves the plant money every month by keeping teeny, tiny critters excited and active. Now, if this music is that good for sludge-eating microbes, just imagine what it can do for you and your loved ones, blasting from the big screens of Cowboys Stadium!

And the concessions will be ever so much better than anything the microbes get to chow down upon.

(Image courtesy of the University of Arizona)

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media & PR

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