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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.
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U.S. says 'Happy Birthday' to pope

U.S. says 'Happy Birthday' to pope

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- A 21-gun salute rumbled and a crush of well-wishers crowded the White House lawn Wednesday as U.S. President George Bush officially greeted Pope Benedict XVI.
China to open new performing arts center

China to open new performing arts center

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. soprano Kathleen Battle and Chinese pianist Lang Lang have agreed to perform at the opening of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 13, 2007.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2006 with 140 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2005 with 140 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 13, the 226th day of 2004 with 140 to follow.
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'Molto Agitato' -- much ado at the Met

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- I was familiar with the terms Iron Curtain, which described the communist countries in Eastern Europe, and even Bamboo Curtain, a term applied to communist Chin
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2003 with 140 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2002 with 140 to follow.
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Kathleen Battle (born August 13, 1948), is an African American operatic soprano known for her agile and light voice and her silvery, pure tone. Battle initially became known for her work within the concert repertoire through performances with major orchestras during the early and mid 1970s. She made her opera debut in 1975. Battle expanded her repertoire into light lyric soprano and lyric coloratura soprano roles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Although she no longer appears in operas, Battle remains active in concert and recital performances.

Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, USA, the youngest of seven children. Her father was a steelworker, and her mother was an active participant in the gospel music of the family's African Methodist Episcopal church. Battle attended Portsmouth High School where her music teacher and mentor was Charles P. (Phil) Varney. In a Time Magazine interview with music critic Michael Walsh, he recalled first hearing the eight-year old Battle sing, describing her as "this tiny little thing singing so beautifully." "I went to her later", Varney recalled, "and told her God had blessed her, and she must always sing." In that same interview, Walsh described Battle as "the best lyric coloratura in the world".

Battle was a good student and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied voice with Franklin Bens and also worked with Italo Tajo. She majored in music education rather than performance in undergraduate school and went on to get a master's degree in Music Education as well. In 1971 Battle embarked on a teaching career in Cincinnati, taking a position at a Cincinnati inner-city public school. While teaching 5th and 6th grade music, she continued to study voice privately.

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