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Operatic interruptus

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of opera lovers at Victor’s Regal Theatre missed significant chunks of Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” during The Met at the Movies HD broadcast. The video broke up and the sound dropped out at the beginning of the second Act. We watched distorted faces and heard digitized squawks for about a minute. Then the screen went blue. We waited. A staff member rushed in and said they were working on the problem. About ten minutes later, the sound came back and the singers reappeared. Then it happened again. Audiences members groaned, since things were getting really interesting with the shocking disclosure of the Duchess’s illegitimate daughter!

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Repellent for.....Teens?

Today I stumbled across an article entitled High-Pitched Device Serves as Teen Repellent. Prior to reading the article, I honestly thought that it was either a) cleverly titled to attract attention but not exactly about repelling teens or b) an article about a device with some other role that teens- for some reason- don't care for. I was wrong on both counts.

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Boys Gone Wild

I made the questionable decision to bring two nine year-old boys to work with me yesterday, based on the idealistic assumption that exposing them to the world of music and ideas would fire their imaginations, expand their horizons, and change their lives.

By the end of the day, I needed a shot of whisky.

First, we set off for the suite of Entercom-owned commercial radio stations across the street, where my son and his friend met a bunch of charming, funny deejays. One guy put them on the air. This act turned out to be hard to beat.

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Exciting Young soprano receives Warfield Scholarship

Today I was honored to attend the William Warfield Scholarship Fund Luncheon where we were all treated to several selections sung by 2007-2008 Scholarship Recipient Julia Allyson Bullock, a Junior at the Eastman School of Music.

This dynamic young woman from St. Louis has a sparkling personality and a clarity of voice that was captivating. Her voice changed from powerful to beautifully sensitive as she expressed the changing character of the music.
Photo by Gerry SzymanskiPhoto by Gerry Szymanski

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Classical music is alive down under

Sometimes we can get spoiled by the wealth of classical music that is available in Rochester. We can tune in Classical 91.5 or 90.3 in our homes, cars, on our computers, or take it with us on headphones. We have more concerts available to us than we can possibly attend - at Eastman School of Music, the RPO, Hochstein, Nazareth, the Memorial Art Gallery, local churches and a multitude of other venues. We have such a reach classical community that we may not even realize what great things are happening in the classical world on the other side of the globe.

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Green Times 18

Hmmmm...

I was just thumbing through the transcript of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brook's State of the County address, and I counted 18 "greens." I did not count the number of times she said "sustainable,"" renewable," or "clean."

So, I'm left wondering...is Monroe County really a leader when it comes to being green? Or are we just on that green wagon, trying to look greener than everyone else? Is this political "greenology" or the real thing?

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Yo-Yo Ma

I have the chance to interview cellist Yo-Yo Ma this week. What should I ask him?

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21st Century Skills

As a teacher, parent or business owner, are you familiar with the phrase 21st century skills? 21st century skills refers to the key elements of learning and the thinking skills that are and will be needed for students to compete in a global and technological 21st century work place.

On the surface, this may seem like a simple concept- if students need X set of skills, then you do Y & Z to teach them, right? It's not that simple.

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Happy Earth Day

“Do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you? Do I want you because you're wonderful, or are you wonderful because I want you? Are you the sweet invention of a lover's dream, or are you really as beautiful as you seem?” - Oscar Hammerstein II

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Time flies like an arrow

Time flies like an arrow…
Fruit flies like a banana Eric Taylor 2Eric Taylor 2

It’s a luxury, both as performer and an audience, when a show stretches out like one long story. Everyone listening. Songs intertwined with tales of the road, lost weekends, lost friends, and lost love.

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