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Whatever happens next, this premiere production, a memorable swan song for Kwei-Armah, is bound to be a hit at Center Stage for a tuneful, soulful month.
So even though the election returns aren’t in yet, this garden party is a swan song.
The 323rd Army Band paid homage Tuesday to the heroes of the Alamo with a performance that many assumed would be its swan song — the storied unit’s last big gig in a civilian setting.
As far as swan songs go, Tom Hickman’s is right up there with the best of them.
The very capable hands of Ensemble LPR, a group of inventive musicians devoted to bridging all forms of music, give David Bowie’s swan song the orchestral treatment with Maya Beiser as the soloist.
Raf Simons’s swan song at Christian Dior was an all out homage to the 1975 film.
Its presence in the fleet available for auto writers’ test drives affirms speculation that the 3-Series will be fully redesigned for 2019, and that the Bavarian brand is making a swan song with this sixth-generation 3-Series.
Meanwhile, in her swan song race, fan-favorite Danica Patrick will start on the inside of Row 3.
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Swans don't sing. They whistle or trumpet, or in the case of the swan most common in ponds, the mute swan, they only hiss and snort. But according to ancient legend, the swan does sing one beautiful song in its life-just before it dies. References in English to the dying swan's lovely singing go back as far as Chaucer, but the term swan song itself didn't appear in the language until the 1830s, when Thomas Carlyle used it in Sartor Resartus. Carlyle probably based his "swan song" on the German version of the term, which is Schwanengesang or Schwanenlied.
SWAN SONG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of swan song for English Language Learners
: the last performance or piece of work by an actor, athlete, writer, etc.
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