Jay Nordlinger likes to point out that orchestral programmers are fond of anniversaries.
Why all this Mahler-ing? This year marks 150 years since his birth, and next year marks 100 years since his death. You get the impression that, without anniversaries, concert programmers would be paralyzed.
This year is the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, so I expect we’ll be hearing a lot of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”.
It’s a good year to be in the cannon rental business too.
If you’d like something a little shorter than War and Peace, you can celebrate the anniversary by reading this comic strip by Kate Beaton about the fine French cuisine provided to the French Army as it marched on Moscow.