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Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon is a German classical music record label, the precursor of the corporation PolyGram. Headquartered in Berlin Friedrichshain, it is now part of Universal Music Group since its merger with the UMG family of labels in 1999, it is the oldest surviving established record company. Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft was founded in 1898 by German-born United States citizen Emile Berliner as the German branch of his Berliner Gramophone Company. Berliner sent his nephew Joseph Sanders from America to set up operations. Based in the city of Hanover, the company was the German affiliate of the U. S. Victor Talking Machine Company and the British Gramophone Company, but that affiliation ended with the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Though no longer connected to the British Gramophone Company, Deutsche Grammophon continued to use the "His Master's Voice" trademark featuring the dog Nipper in Germany until the late 1940s. In 1941, Deutsche Grammophon was purchased by the Halske electronics company.

In 1949, Deutsche Grammophon sold the German rights of the His Master's Voice trademark to the Electrola unit of EMI. The dog and gramophone were replaced by the crown of tulips, designed by Siemens advertising consultant Hans Domizlaff. In 1962 Siemens formed a joint venture with Netherlands-based Philips to create the DGG/PPI Record Group, which became PolyGram Records in 1972. By this time, DGG had built a reputation for high-quality recording in the classical field as well as a notable roster of contracted singers and conductors. Through its subsidiary label Archiv Produktion it stimulated interest in Western medieval and renaissance music, 15th–16th century choral polyphony, Gregorian chant, pioneering use of'historical instruments' and performance practices in recordings. DGG/Polydor's entrance into the US market in 1969 came at a time when the big US classical music labels RCA Victor Red Seal and Columbia Masterworks were dropping their unlucrative classical artists and pressing poor-quality records.

The fine quality both of recording and of pressings helped DGG succeed in America and attract artists such as Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra to DGG/Polydor. In 1987 Siemens sold off its interest in PolyGram, Philips became the majority shareholder. In 1998, the Seagram company of Canada purchased Deutsche Grammophon and PolyGram on behalf of its Universal Music Group subsidiary. Since UMG was sold and became a division of Vivendi. Deutsche Grammophon pioneered the introduction of the compact disc to the mass market, debuting classical music performed by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic for sale in the new medium in 1983, the first recording being Richard Strauss's Eine Alpensinfonie. Deutsche Grammophon has a huge back catalogue of notable recordings; the company is reissuing a portion of it in its Originals series. It is releasing some of American Decca Records' albums from the 1940s and 1950s, such as those that Leonard Bernstein made for Decca in 1953, the classic Christmas album that features Ronald Colman's starring in A Christmas Carol and Charles Laughton's narrating Mr. Pickwick's Christmas.

Along with the American Decca Records classical music catalogue, Deutsche Grammophon manages the classical music catalogue of ABC Records, including Westminster Records which, along with American Decca, were part of MCA Records. Although Deutsche Grammophon acquired the reputation of releasing mainstream classical recordings, from the 1960s onwards it released an increasing number of avant-garde recordings, including Bruno Maderna, David Bedford, Cornelius Cardew, Luigi Nono and improvisations, it released the majority of the compositions of Karlheinz Stockhausen until the composer bought the rights to the recordings and re-released them on his own label. Other German composers associated with the label included Hans Werner Henze. Contemporary composers whose works were released by Deutsche Grammophon include Sofia Gubaidulina, Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Mohammed Fairouz, Péter Eötvös, Luigi Nono, Sven Helbig, Jonny Greenwood, Bryce Dessner, Witold Lutosławski, Philip Glass and Max Richter.

The conductor most associated with the label is Herbert von Karajan. Other conductors under contract included Ferenc Fricsay, Carlos Kleiber, Karl Böhm, Karl Richter, Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelík, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado, Christian Thielemann. Recent signings include Long Yu, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Myung-whun Chung. Media related to Deutsche Grammophon at Wikimedia Commons Official website

Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi

Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi, is an athletic and football stadium in the town of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The stadium's capacity is 49,133; the crescent-shaped roof extending past the edge of the stadium is meant to evoke images of Date Masamune, a daimyō of Mutsu Province, which included the present-day Miyagi Prefecture. Miyagi Stadium hosted three matches in the 2002 World Cup, hosted the 56th National Sports Festival of Japan in 2001, it is one of the planned football venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In addition, Miyagi Stadium hosted six matches at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and it would become the first stadium to have hosted matches at both a men's FIFA World Cup and a women's FIFA U-20 World Cup; the football field is surrounded by a nine-lane track. A large video screen and scoreboard is installed in the northern end. Besides the game against Turkey, Miyagi Stadium has hosted three friendly matches involving the Japanese national football team: A 1-1 draw against Slovakia on June 11, 2000, a 5-4 victory against Honduras on September 7, 2005, a 2-4 loss against Uruguay on August 14, 2013.

J. League club Vegalta Sendai has held home games at Miyagi Stadium, pop-music group SMAP has held two outdoor concerts at the venue as well. Rifu Station is the closest train station. For major events, bus transportation is available from Izumi-Chūō and Sendai Stations. Before the World Cup, a spur from the Sanriku Expressway was built, which provided easier access for travellers by car from Tokyo and other locales. Sekisui Heim Super Arena Stadium information

Matt Davies (cartoonist)

Matt Davies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, children's author. Davies was born in London, England in 1966 and lived there before relocating with his family to the United States in 1983, he graduated from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut in 1985, subsequently studied Illustration and Fine Art at The Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he began doing freelance cartoons, before being hired full-time to draw for The Journal News in April 1993, he is the staff cartoonist for Newsday in NY and his cartoons are syndicated nationally by Universal Press Syndicate, UClick.. In the past Davies has drawn for The Journal News in Westchester, NY, the Hearst Connecticut Newspaper group, the nonprofit online policy journal Remapping Debate.org His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times & USA Today. His work has been featured in Newsweek, Time Magazine, U. S. News and World Report, CNN, The Week and Mad Magazine.

In 2004-05 he was the President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Along with penning political cartoons, Davies is an author and illustrator of children's picture books, he is represented by Rodeen Literary Agency and was signed with Neal Porter, of Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan to write and illustrate his first two picture books. The first book titled Ben Rides On was released to wide critical acclaim in the Spring of 2013, was a Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2013 and a Kirkus Reviews "Best Book" of 2013, his second book Ben Draws Trouble will be released in 2015. He was signed by Neal Porter Books to illustrate the forthcoming book Nerdy Birdy, written by NY Times Bestselling author Aaron Reynolds, due for release in spring of'15. Davies has given talks about cartooning and politics at many venues including the UN, The Library of Congress, The National Press Club in Washington DC, Columbia University, The British Library in London, The National Archives in Washington DC and the Tribeca Film Festival.

He was the 2004 Writer-in-Residence with the Journalism and Art departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served on the advisory board of the National Cartoon Museum. Matt Davies updates his website "Ouch." with projects or illustrations he is working on. His work displays a multitude of political cartoons which reflect his views on the current state of the political landscape and state of the world. Davies and his wife, live in Connecticut with their three children. 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning 2004 Herblock Prize 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartooning five-time winner of the Deadline Club Award from the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, * five first-prize awards from New York Associated Press Editorial Cartooning Competition. 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist "Are We Witnessing the Dusk of a Cartooning Era?", Nieman Reports "Cartoonists Reach Out to Educators", Nieman Reports Matt Davies' Blog Matt Davies' website