I read somewhere that Wagner once said "Rossini is to opera what a pimp is to sex" or something along those lines. Whatever. I still love Rossini's overtures. Since he was born on February 29, 1792, I thought I would honor his birthday by posting my favorite: La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie). You've heard this piece a thousand times even if you don't realize it. I love it.