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The firebomb lobbed into the Friday Musicale burnt down the old building, but couldn’t end the music.
Claudia L’Engle Adams, singer and pianist, founded the Ladies’ Friday Musicale in her downtown home in 1890 and died there on East Monroe Street five years later, 29 years old. Newspapers listed no cause.
Across the next century, vampires with violins melted clocks, sopranos commanded, with voice alone, the worldwide night, and frog heartbeats replicated the Music of the Spheres.