Classical & Opera | 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Our Classical & Opera section’s picks for new-music fans and Lyric regulars.
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Scarf ace Impress the opera lover in your life with Lyric Opera of Chicago�s silk scarf ($198). This elegant French import is emblazoned with the image of Lyric�s fire curtain, designed by American Art Deco master Jules Gu�rin, famous for his Plan of Chicago renderings. Available at lyricopera.org/operashop.
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Cage-bound John Cage is all the rage this year, with centennial celebrations around the world. The MCA Store gets in on the action with the Prepared Box for John Cage ($145), a rubber-band-bound ode to the avant-garde composer�s legacy, with submissions by 45 artists including Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, George Brecht and Alison Knowles. If you pick it up in-store, check out the museum�s excellent ongoing retrospective �MCA DNA: John Cage,� running through March 3. Available at MCA Store, 220 E Chicago Ave (312-397-4000). 
 (Photograph: Wesla Bay Weller)
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Photograph: Wesla Bay WellerRecycling center Give your retired instruments a new lease on life. L.A.-based jewelry designer and rookie marimba player Wesla Bay Weller repurposes cymbals, violin pegs and guitar strings as playful earrings and chokers. We love this African-inspired Tribal Violin Pegs necklace ($80), fashioned from wooden violin pegs, ocean jasper beads and black leather. Order from her website or commission a custom piece using your own strings and/or parts. A percentage of each sale goes to the Mr. Holland�s Opus Foundation, which donates instruments to schools in need. Available at upbeatjewellery.com. 
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