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Keeping Classical Cool: Oldest US Arts Group Turns 200

Associated Press
Northern Kentucky University Infomatics Auditorium (viewing the seats)

Before Beyonce, there were the Beatles. Before the Beatles, there was Brahms. And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society.

America’s oldest continuously operating arts organization — which introduced the nation to composers like Chopin and Strauss, the 19th century editions of Top 40 hitmakers like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga — turns 200 on Tuesday. But the Boston-based society says its bicentennial isn’t just about looking back — it’s about figuring out how to make classical and Baroque music cool for the iTunes generation.

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