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Saturday, March 2, 2019 Permalink

The Carnival Connection

Carnival in Rome (Johannes Lingelbach)


In America, we know it as Mardi Gras, but in much of the world it's called Carnival.

Whatever the name, it’s an opportunity to celebrate before Lent--that time in the traditional Christian calendar when the faithful are to abstain from the pleasures of life.

Which is why Carnival typically involves a public festival, combining elements of a circus, masked ball and street party.

In this hour, carnival-inspired music from the Renaissance to the modern era, including works by Berlioz, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky.

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