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Which classical musician is known by the moniker "the Red Priest"?

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Answer: Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) initiated his studies to become a priest at the age of 15. He was ordained 10 years later and spent a good portion of his life working at an orphanage. The nickname "the Red Priest" was given to him due to the color of his hair.

Medium

Xiang Yu is the central character in which famous Peking opera?

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Answer: "The Hegemon-King Bids His Concubine Farewell"
Xiang Yu (232 BC - 202 BC), a warlord, is a popular figure in Chinese history. For instance, in addition to having his likeness grace videogames, comic books and movies, he is also the central character in "the Hegemon-King Bids His Concubine Farewell" (1918) as well as a couple of other Peking operas.

Easy

Which band released the song, "Hey There Delilah"?

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Answer: Plain White T's
The Plain White T's sang the hit song "Hey There Delilah". This song reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007.

Easy

In 2018, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay approximately $5 million to the estate of which late musician?

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Answer: Marvin Gaye
A judge ruled that Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines", which featured and was produced by Pharrell William, was a ripoff of Marvin Gaye's 1977 track "Got to Give It Up".

VeryHard

In 1981, which British city granted a street name respectively to each of the four classic Beatles?

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Answer: Liverpool
Paul McCartney Way, John Lennon Drive, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive are all streets you will find in Liverpool, England.

Medium

"Fidelio" is the only opera written by which legendary composer?

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Answer: Beethoven
Beethoven is better known for his 32 piano sonatas and 9 symphonies as opposed to his sole opera, "Fidelio" (1814), which centered on the tale of a woman who disguises herself as a prison guard to save her husband from an unjust prison sentence.

Easy

Which music diva lost both her brother and husband to cancer in 2016?

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Answer: Celine Dion
Celine Dion lost her husband, René Angélil and her brother, Daniel Dion, both to cancer, within the span of two days in January of 2016.

Hard

"Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" was the career-defining work in the life of which Black classical composer?

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Answer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
"Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" is the first and best-known part of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's trilogy "the Song of Hiawatha" (1900). "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast" in particular was well received, with Coleridge-Taylor being paid to write its sequel before the work was even heard in public.

Medium

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed a ballet in 1890 which featured music later used in which Disney film?

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Answer: Sleeping Beauty
The Walt Disney Company derived some of the music for its 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty" from the equally notable "the Sleeping Beauty", a ballet written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) that was first performed in 1890.



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