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History unfolds in a circus of tweets and surprises, with Mr. Trump playing all the roles: roaring lion and trapeze artist, clown and calliope.
His ideas here duke it out for attention with collage effects reminiscent of Charles Ives and Luciano Berio, including fragmented bits of folk fiddle, circus calliope, Wagnerian climaxes, and an endless variety of outbursts from the organ.
Just as the calliope music entices young children to chase such trucks on summer streets, the burly Bearcats swarmed around the vendor as if Earth's last cones were being served.
The calliope is playing on the Mark Twain riverboat while visitors cheer the frog-jump competition.
Such as Saturday morning’s Double Take Parade, in which costumed twins and their family members walk alongside themed floats as an old calliope plays carnival tunes.
Calliope Popolizio died at an area hospital from injuries from the crash at the intersection of State Road 50 and Fifth Street in Clermont, Sgt.
Calliope music blared from the kiddie rides just a few hundred feet from the area where bleating sheep were being judged for best in show.
Road closures will be set at these intersections: Calliope and Carondelet St. Charles and Calliope Howard and Carondelet St. Joseph and St. Charles Camp St. and Andrew Higgins Drive.
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Did You Know?
With a name literally meaning "beautiful-voiced" (from kallos, meaning "beauty," and ops, meaning "voice"), Calliope was the most prominent of the Muses-the nine sister goddesses who in Greek mythology presided over poetry, song, and the arts and sciences. She is represented in art as holding an epic poem in one hand and a trumpet in the other. The musical instrument invented and patented in the 1850s, played by forcing steam or compressed air through a series of whistles, was named after the goddess. Because its sound could be heard for miles around, the calliope was effective in luring patrons to river showboats, circuses, and carnivals, which is why the instrument continues its association with such attractions today.
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