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Monster Mash: Alleged Mozart discoveries revealed; frustrated Dudamel fans; Merce Cunningham's last dance

August 3, 2009 |  9:02 am

Mozart --Classical canon: Scholars in Salzburg, Austria, have unveiled the two recently discovered pieces that they say were written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

--Frustrated fans: All tickets to the free Gustavo Dudamel concert on Oct. 3 were gone in just 1 hour, 20 minutes. Scalpers are suspected of snagging large quantities of seats online.

--Last dance: The late Merce Cunningham's dance company debuts a new piece, titled "This Event," in New York.

--More Merce: The choreographer's relationship with composer John Cage is explored by Times critic Mark Swed.

--Budget battles: Pennsylvania faces a crisis in arts funding as lawmakers threaten to cut dollars for the state's Council on the Arts to zero.

--Stage celebration: The National Black Theatre Festival, now in its 20th year, opens today for a weeklong run in Winston-Salem. N.C.

--New music: Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and Steven Stucky are among the 31 composers to receive grants for new commissions from Meet the Composer.

--Busy summer: Hope Davis, currently on break from Broadway's "God of Carnage," will portray Hillary Clinton in an HBO movie filming during the play's summer hiatus.

--The Dane is coming: British actor David Tennant is bringing his acclaimed stage performance in "Hamlet" to PBS in 2010.

--DIY fundraising: Artists learn to crowdsource their own funding via KickStarter.

-- David Ng

Photo: Scores for the recently unveiled works attributed to Mozart. Credit: Associated Press

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