Global Hit

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Why a Hungarian orchestra had to borrow seven violin bows from friends

The Budapest Festival Orchestra came to New York to play an all-Dvorak concert at Lincoln Center in New York. But the musicians were shocked when US Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows belonging to the orchestra's string section. New federal regulations ban the commercial import of any and all elephant ivory - including the tips of classical violin bows.

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What's it like to portray Nelson Mandela in an opera? Amazing!

If you're in Pretoria, South Africa, one show you won't be able to see is a new opera about Nelson Mandela. That's because the show, "Madiba: The African Opera," was cancelled after just three nights because of a lack of funding. The opera depicts Nelson Mandela's early years in his native home of Qunu, on South Africa's Eastern Cape. Thabang Senekal is the well-known South African baritone who played Mandela in the production. He describes what it's like to play Mandela on stage.

Arts, Culture & Media

What's it like to portray Nelson Mandela in an opera? Amazing!

If you're in Pretoria, South Africa, one show you won't be able to see is a new opera about Nelson Mandela. That's because the show, "Madiba: The African Opera," was cancelled after just three nights because of a lack of funding. The opera depicts Nelson Mandela's early years in his native home of Qunu, on South Africa's Eastern Cape. Thabang Senekal is the well-known South African baritone who played Mandela in the production. He describes what it's like to play Mandela on stage.