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Barbican, London

First Night: Baryshnikov wins hearts with Oak company

White Oak Dance Project Sadler's Wells

Critics Chioce: Opera

Opening this week

Six Of The best; Champagne Flutes

Niro stemmed hand-blown flute, pounds 6.50, Habitat (call 0645 334433 for details)

Classical: Going strong; and on and on

La Monte Young: 'The First Blossom of Spring' Barbican, EC2 Chicago Adelphi, WC2 John Rutter Cambridge Clare College

First Night: Music, but not as we know it

Original Harry Partch Instruments Newband Barbican, London

Obituary: Wilfred Smith

WILFRED SMITH was a musician of many parts; in the profession he was recognised as an accomplished solo flautist, teacher and editor of studies for his instrument. He was also a skilled draughtsman who set up a highly successful harp workshop.

Classical: All square after extra time

MORTON FELDMAN PLANET TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL CONWAY HALL LONDON

First Night: Stockhausen's Zen tapestry

London Sinfonietta Queen Elizabeth Hall London

First Night: A fine start to Finnish career

CBSO Sakari Oramo

Proms: Bruckner's soaring soul brought down to earth

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC BRUCKNER AND MOZART ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Obituary: Alain Marion

ALAIN MARION was one of the finest flute players of modern times. Both as a performer and as a respected teacher of his chosen instrument, he helped to ensure that the style and traditions of French flute playing - broadly speaking, the international style of today - will be heard and observed well beyond the dawn of a new millennium.

First Night: White witches' musical rite

Mediaeval Baebes The Jazz Cafe London

Review: Taking the rough over the smooth

New Queen's Hall Orchestra Barbican, London

Health : The rhythm of life

When members of an orchestra invite young patients to make music, the subdued sounds of the hospital give way to joy.

Football: Gascoigne awaits SFA verdict over Old Firm flute antics

Paul Gascoigne will discover today if he is to face disciplinary action by the Scottish Football Association over his controversial flute- playing gesture at the New Year Old Firm game.
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