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Teatro Comunale (Ferrara)

The Teatro Comunale in Ferrara is an opera house, located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, built between 1786 and 1797 with seating for 990. Owned theatres with limited seating capacity had existed in the city for many years, but the arrival of Cardinal Spinelli, the new papal envoy, in 1786 spurred the construction of a new public theatre under the architects Cosimo Morelli and Antonio Foschini. However, their disagreements led to conflicting design concepts regarding the elliptical shape of the auditorium which were resolved through compromise; the theatre was ready for its inaugural presentation of Portogallo’s Gli Orazi e i Curiazi on 2 September 1798. The theatre is noted for staging the premiere of an early opera written by Gioacchino Rossini at the age of twenty, Ciro in Babilonia in March 1812. Between 1825 and 1826 some renovation work was required, followed by some more in 1850, creating the theatre as seen today. In 1928 an orchestra pit was added. During the Second World War the theatre suffered badly from Allied bombing and, although it opened in the immediate post-war years, it closed in 1956, not to re-open until further restoration took place in the early 1960s and once again between 1987 and 1989.

The present-day auditorium has 5 tiers, while the ceiling displays four scenes from the life of Julius Caesar. It now seats 890. Following the Second World War and subsequent renovations, performances were sporadic, but after the creation of “Ferrara Musica” in 1988, more operatic performances have been staged, some of obscure or little-known operas, other, more popular works alongside other theatres in the Emilia-Romagna region; the conductor Claudio Abbado presents one opera every season and the 2007 schedule shows four operas being staged between February and April, along with dance and theatre and other events of various kinds. Between January and April 2008 the four operas performed were Motezuma by Vivaldi, Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazolla, Tosca by Puccini and Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti; the theatre's 2013/14 season shows performances of four operas. List of opera houses Notes Sources Lynn, Karyl Charna, Italian Opera Houses and Festivals, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2005.

ISBN 0-8108-5359-0 Plantamura, The Opera Lover's Guide to Europe, Citadel Press, 1996, ISBN 0-8065-1842-1 Teatro Comunale official website, although most links lead to the Italian version

List of people from Plymouth

People from the English city of Plymouth are known as Plymothians, Legends or less formally as Janners. The definition of Janner is described as a person from Devon, deriving from Cousin Jan, but more in naval circles anyone from the Plymouth area; the Elizabethan navigator, Sir Francis Drake was born in nearby town of Tavistock and was the mayor of Plymouth. He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and was known by the Spanish as El Draco meaning "The Dragon" after he raided many of their ships, he died of dysentery in 1596 off the coast of Panama. In 2002 a mission to recover his body and bring it to Plymouth was allowed by the Ministry of Defence. Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Frank Bickerton both lived in the city. Many artists have originated in Plymouth. Joshua Reynolds, the famous 18th-century portrait painter and the first president of the Royal Academy was born in Plympton, more artists have included Beryl Cook whose paintings depict the culture of Plymouth and Robert Lenkiewicz, whose paintings looked at themes such as: vagrancy, sexual behaviour and suicide, lived in the city from the 1960s until his death in 2002.

In addition, George Passmore of Turner Prize winning duo Gilbert & George was born in the city. Famous politicians Michael Foot and David Owen are from Plymouth and notable athletes include swimmer Sharron Davies, diver Tom Daley, dancer Wayne Sleep, footballer Trevor Francis. Other past residents include composer Ron Goodwin, journalist Angela Rippon. Vanessa George AKA Britain's notorious child molester, who abused children in Little Ted's nursery was born in this city. Category:People from Plymouth List of people from Devon

Introspection (Greg Howe album)

Introspection is the second studio album by guitarist Greg Howe, released in 1993 through Shrapnel Records. Andy Hinds at AllMusic gave Introspection four stars out of five, calling it "a breathtaking showcase of one of the best rock/fusion players in the world" and praising Howe's guitar work: "Howe's wide-interval scale figures and inspired phrasing—delivered at light speed—are remarkable.... Howe's playing has evolved so much from his early Shrapnel days that it's hard to believe it's the same person." In particular he highlighted the stylistic shift from Howe's shred-oriented 1988 debut album to a more fusion-based approach on Introspection. However, he criticized the album's production values as "antiseptic" and described the triggered drums as "totally lame". All music is composed except where noted. Greg Howe – guitar, engineering, production Kevin Soffera – drums Alsamad Caldwell – bass Vern Parsons – bass, engineering Mike Rafferty – engineering Chris Midkiff – mixing Kenneth K. Lee Jr. – mastering In Review: Greg Howe "Introspection" at Guitar Nine Records

Atatürkist Thought Association

The Atatürkist Thought Association is a secularist organization that espouses the ideas of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. It was founded by Professor Hıfzı Veldet Velidedeoğlu, Professor Muammer Aksoy and Associate Professor Bahriye Üçok; the association is opposed to the Islamist tenets enacted by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran and wants to ensure that religion and state remain separate in Turkey. The organization is known for initiating court cases against web sites which insult Atatürk, or with links to sites that insult Atatürk, it is credited with organising the 2007 Republic Protests. People associated with ADD include former President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey Yekta Güngör Özden, former General Şener Eruygur and Tansel Çölaşan. Secularism in Turkey Kemal Kerinçsiz Association's official website

4015 Wilson–Harrington

4015 Wilson–Harrington is an active asteroid known both as comet 107P/Wilson–Harrington and as asteroid 4015 Wilson–Harrington. This near-Earth object is considered both an Apollo asteroid with the designation 4015 Wilson–Harrington and a periodic comet known as Comet Wilson–Harrington or 107P/Wilson–Harrington, it was discovered in 1949 as a comet and lost to further observations. Thirty years it was rediscovered as an asteroid, after which it took over a decade to determine that these observations were of the same object. Therefore, it has both a comet designation and an asteroid designation, with a name length of 17 characters it is the asteroid with the longest name, having one more character than the 16-character limit imposed by the IAU; the comet was discovered on November 19, 1949, by Albert G. Wilson and Robert G. Harrington at Palomar Observatory. Only three photographic observations were obtained and the comet was lost. On November 15, 1979, an apparent Mars-crosser asteroid was found by Eleanor F. Helin of Palomar Observatory.

It received the designation 1979 VA, when re-observed on December 20, 1988, received the permanent number 4015. On August 13, 1992, it was reported that asteroid 1979 VA and comet 107P/Wilson–Harrington were the same object. By enough observations of the asteroid had been accumulated to obtain a precise orbit, the search of old photographic plates for pre-discovery images turned up the 1949 plates with the images of the lost comet. Although the 1949 images show cometary features, all subsequent images show only a stellar image, suggesting it may be an inactive comet that undergoes only infrequent outbursts; the eccentricity is 0.624, somewhat higher than that of a typical asteroid-belt minor planet and more typical of periodic comets. Its Minimum Orbit Intersection Distance of less than 0.05 AU and its large size make it a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. There are only seven other objects that are cross-listed as both comets and asteroids: 2060 Chiron, 7968 Elst–Pizarro, 60558 Echeclus, 118401 LINEAR, 2003 BM80, 2006 VW139, 2008 GO98.

As a dual status object, astrometric observations of 4015 Wilson–Harrington should be reported under the minor planet designation. A flyby of 4015 Wilson–Harrington was planned by Deep Space 1, it was considered for the NEAR mission. Marco Polo List of asteroids visited by spacecraft Wilson–Harrington 4015 Wilson–Harrington at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 4015 Wilson–Harrington at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters

Crosby Kemper III

Rufus Crosby Kemper III was the Director of the Kansas City Public Library, a position he held from 2005 until 2020. Prior to his position at KCPL, he held a range of positions, including CEO/ Chairman, at UMB Financial Corporation During his tenure at KCPL, the library received the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an award given to American libraries and museums with outstanding service to their communities. Kemper is the son of Jr and Cynthia Warrick Kemper. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kemper attended Andover, Eton College and Yale University. In 2005, Kemper co-founded the Show-Me Institute with Rex Sinquefield, he chaired the Missouri Commission on the Future of Higher Education and additionally served on boards, including that of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the Kansas City Symphony, the Black Archives of Mid-America. In November 2019, Kemper was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for US libraries and museums.

The nomination has been supported by the American Library Association. He was voted into the position for a term of 4 years by the US Senate on January 9, 2020