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Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, How to listen to a symphony, black paint controversy, 14th August cultural events

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio discuss their roles in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Sakari Oramo gives tips for how to listen to a symphony, the importance of the colour black.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio discuss their new film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. In the ninth film directed by Quention Taratino, set in the late 1960s, DiCaprio plays an actor in the twilight of his Hollywood career, with Pitt as his buddy and stunt double.

The Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, guides Stig Abell in on what to listen out for when listening to a symphony. Oramo will conduct the annual Proms performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony next Monday evening.

In a row over colours the Turner Prize winner Sir Anish Kapoor has been banned from an art shop which is employing a full-time security guard with orders to keep him out. The artist and art shop owner Stuart Semple is angry that Kapoor secured the exclusive rights to Vantablack, that in response he's created his own blackest black paint, available to everyone, except Anish Kapoor. Stig Abell made it through the security checks and into his shop to talk to Stuart Semple about why the colour black is so important to artists, and why access to it raises fundamental issues about art and democracy.

It's August 14th which seems an ordinary sort of day but, as Front Row reveals, over the last 1,000 years many events of cultural and artistic significance have occurred on this date, so August 14th isn't so nondescript after all.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Julian May

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28 minutes

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is in UK cinemas from 14 August 2019, certificate 18.

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Main image above: Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth (Left) and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton

Images credit: Sony Pictures

 

How to listen to a symphony

How to listen to a symphony

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Choral), part of Prom 43 at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 19 August 2019.  It can be heard live on BBC Radio 3 at 19.30.

Image: Sakari Oramo

Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega

Black paint controversy

Black paint controversy

Image; Stuart Semple, creator of Black 3.0 in his studio

Image credit: Nadia Amura

Black paint controversy 2

Black paint controversy 2

Two unicorns, one white, and one painted in Black 3.0 (left)

Image credit: Stuart Semple Studio

 

14th August cultural events

14th August cultural events
Image: Cologne Cathedral , the gothic building started in1248, but which was finished on 14th August 1880.

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