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39 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 2, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Birdwatching |
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
Free
Birdwatchings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Fall Birding Tour
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
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9:30 am
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City Walks, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
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9:45 am
Free
Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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9:45 am
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City Walks, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Lecture |
In this talk, Dr. Yulia Kleiman of the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts will bring insight to the contemporary Russian theatre in the context of Western theatre tradition, and explore the following questions: What are the origins of Russian Theatre art? What are modern theatre trends? How are forms and ideas of the theatre in Russia connected to its social and political life?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Russian Theatre Art at the Crossroads of Culture
Workshop |
Exercise your mind with the New York Times crossword puzzle. Start with the easiest of the week (Monday) or try your luck with the most difficult (Sunday). Collaborate with fellow participants or work on your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Sunday/Monday Crossword Solving
Workshop |
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Juggling in the Park
Lecture |
With: Annette Magnusson, Secretary General, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:10 pm
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Lectures, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Climate Disputes and Sustainable Development in the Energy Sector: Bridging the Enforceability Gap
Festival |
1:00 PM — Reading / Craig Pospisil / The NOW Collective - Featuring the work of Lynne Halliday, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton and Craig Pospisil   2:00 PM — Acting in American, Panel DiscussionKathleen Chalfant   3:00 PM — Directing in America, Panel Discussion. Moderated by David FinkleMark Brokaw   5:00 PM — Playwrights in America, Panel Discussion. Moderated by Steven McCasland   6:00 PM — Mayor's Proclamation 7:00 PM — Bill Moyers and Robert Schenkkan, Livestream on Facebook 8:00 PM — The Story Pirates, AFTER DARK 8:30 PM — Eli Bolin, FOUND 6:00 PM -- Ellen Novack — Taming the Cyclops: How to Do Your Best Work in an On-Camera Audition
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1:00 pm
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Festivals, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Open House: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary
Other |
This exhibition will feature items of archival materials. Be the first to get up close and personal with selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. The records of the NEC, 1967-1993, document the work of the most successful African-American theatrical company in the United States to date.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Others, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Open Archive: Negro Ensemble Company, most successful African-American theatrical company in the US
Tour |
Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Film |
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford. Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death. 70 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Albert S. Rogell's The Black Cat (1941): Widow vs. Greedy Relatives
Master Class |
Barry Harris is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University. He has received the Living Jazz Legacy award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Association, and an American Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Dr. Harris received the Manhattan Borough President Award for Excellence. This award was given for recognition of his devoted public service and in honor of excellence in the field of music. He received the 1999 Mentor award for his work with youngsters at the Manhattan Country School in NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Barry Harris, Jazz Pianist of International Renown
Lecture |
Speaker: Thomas Rudel
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4:00 pm
Free
Lectures, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Sustainable Development in the Amazon
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Kanae Minato.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Penance: Chilling Thriller
Reading |
The public reading will showcase the newest works of fiction, poetry and prose by up-and-coming authors. The general public and arts community are invited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Readings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, An Evening of New Fiction and Poetry
Workshop |
Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Body Blast: Dance and Sculpt
Dance Performance |
Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts puts Agon, Balanchine’s masterwork of abstraction, in the context of its time and ours, in a one-hour rehearsal style lecture-demonstration focusing on the central pas de deux, featuring Unity Phelan (New York City Ballet) and Calvin Royal III (American Ballet Theatre).   
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Seeing Ballanchine's Agon: A Lecture-Demonstration by Ballerina Heather Watts
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, High Line Tour
Opening Reception |
Rick Jaques is an American artist born in Palm Beach Florida. Since founding his studio in 2017, he has directed several short films and created several commercial and branded content for Google, Droga 5 and Anomaly. Based in New York, he has photographed branded content, commercial advertisements, portraits and architecture for clients all around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Sun Worshiping Photography by Rick Jacques
Forum |
This event will explore innovative strategies for creating a more inclusive economy by supporting impact entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds who are transforming complex challenges into opportunities. While the benefits of diversity are well-documented, entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds continue to face persistent barriers limiting their access to social, intellectual, and financial capital. Speakers will include entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds who are creating positive impact in myriad ways, as well as leaders endeavoring to build a more inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem. Panelists: - Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Angels; Creator & Host, Pitch Makeover - Chike Ukaegbu, Founder and Lead Executive, Startup52 - Porter Braswell, Co-founder and CEO, Jopwell - Christina Sass, Co-founder and President, Andela - Moderator: Michele Kahane, Associate Dean of Educational Innovation and Social Engagement, Schools of Public Engagement; Faculty Director, Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative.
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6:00 pm
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Forums, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Creating an Inclusive Economy: Pathways for Impact Entrepreneurs
Lecture |
Speakers: Prof. Deva Woodly, Assistant Professor, Politics, Albert and Vera List Academic Center. Shanelle Matthews, Director of Communications for the Black Lives Matter Global Network | Activist-in-Residence
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Race in the United States: Race and Movements
Book Reading |
In this transnational study, Gaines explores the legacies of leftist theater in performances of the 1960s. Attention to the roles played by Afro-German actor Günther Kaufmann in the early films of R.W. Fassbinder and Nina Simone’s revisions of Brecht/Weill materials offer examples of German engagement and influence in the era’s black politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Book Readings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Malik Gaines discusses his new book Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible
Discussion |
Healthcare policy is one of the most complex and highly politicized issues in America today. Learn more about what is at stake as Margot Sanger-Katz (New York Times) hosts a panel of experts with diverse points of view. Participants include Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at MIT; Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and GC distinguished professor; Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity; and Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government relations at Planned Parenthood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, The Future of Healthcare in America, Featuring Times Columnist Paul Krugman
Lecture |
In today’s world, the contexts of public spaces are very often marked by processes of migration; and they have been further intensified by globalisation and digitalisation. The effects of such developments range from positive dynamics of self-fulfilment, employability, creativity and innovation, to more challenging experiences of tension and conflict. Yet processes of integration can also be a form of constraint, limitation, or further discrimination. This talk takes as its case study the relationship between Jews and Christians in the early modern age. Italy is, in this regard, a strikingly important historical laboratory, since its bi-millennial Jewish presence is the oldest in the world outside the Holy Land. Conflicts and coexistence have alternated for many centuries, forcing members of the Jewish minority to negotiate their survival in the face of attempts of control and exclusion, culminating in the actions of the religious tribunals and the Inquisition. With: Germano Maifreda, Università degli Studi di Milano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Negotiating Coexistence and Exclusion: Religious Courts, Papal Inquisition and the Shaping of a ‘Jewish Economic Identity’ in Early Modern Italy
Screening |
This screening features three films which portray the lives and times of NYC youth through oral history and moving image. Eugene and Carols Marner's 'Phyllis and Terry' (1965 16mm) focuses on two African American teenage girls and their unique friendship on the Lower East Side. Steve Seigel's 'Dream City' (1986 digital) gives us a harrowing, erie montage of NYC in the '80s against a backdrop of teenagers reflecting upon life in NYC. Vicky Lee's 'The Missing Question Mark' (2016 digital) is a creative portrait of a reticent teenager's battle with depression and her fragile connection with the evolving world around her.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Screenings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Oral History and New York City Youth: Three Short Films
Poetry Reading |
Kaveh Akbar celebrates the launch of his highly-anticipated, debut poetry collection. He will be joined by Patricia Smith, Jean Valentine, Angel Nafis, and David Tomas Martinez, who will all give readings in conversation with his work. After the reading,
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Kaveh Akbar read from his book Calling a Wolf a Wolf
Book Reading |
From the day it opened, on October 1, 1907, the lavish 19-story French Renaissance building on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South was simply the grandest hotel in the world. It's no wonder that the Plaza's lavish interiors and exteriors have remained sought-after settings for films, TV shows, commercials--even music videos--as well as home to the most significant social events of their day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Patty Farmer reads from her book Starring the Plaza: Hollywood, Broadway, and High Society Visit the World's Favorite Hotel
Book Reading |
The book revisits Perry’s mother’s murder, it also explores the public’s fascination with violence and trauma towards women, and the psychic and social damage that results from the overuse of convenient and simplistic narratives in these cases. Perry gives the book a queer and feminist lens by redirecting the conversation to be about the town and media’s mishandling of a murder.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Sarah Perry discusses her book After the Eclipse
Gallery Talk |
Christoph Niemann, recipient of the 2017 Masters Series Award, discusses the illustrations, magazine covers, animations and digital works that have built his reputation as one of the most renowned creative talents in the field today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Artist Talk: Christoph Niemann
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
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7:30 pm
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Tours, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Dance Performance |
A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church. Featuring: Tingying Ma Kensaku Shinohara Ea Torrado (pictured) Zhaxi Wangjia                          
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Dance Performances, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Experiments in Dance
City Walk |
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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City Walks, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Classical Music |
Program: Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” Adam Glaser, Conductor Justin Junsang Wong, Piano, 2017 Steinhardt Piano Concerto Competition Winner Pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM by Professor Jonathan Hall.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, October 02, 2017, 10/02/2017, NYUO1 performs works by Berlioz, Elgar, Grieg
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