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By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 24, 2010

. . . to Larry Rachleff and the Rhode Island Philharmonic whose Barber, Ravel, and Muhly program last Saturday (with featured violinist, Jennifer Frautschi) was a beautifully structured program, excellently played. The orchestra performed a rousing "From Here on Out," a piece commissioned by the American Ballet Theater and composed by Providence's prodigal (for an evening, anyway) son, Nico Muhly. Muhly's melodic sensibility and unique and sometimes quirky sense of arrangement showed why he is considered by many in the music world to be an exceptional, original talent.

. . . to President Obama for the wise decision to award the great Stan Musial (who turned 90 on Sunday) and the visionary basketball and civil rights pioneer Bill Russell with Presidential Medals of Freedom. These guys were the real deal, authentic role models in a way that few sports stars of the present will ever be.

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