I heard a lot of memorable concerts in 2007. One concert I still think about featured a guy with an electric viola. A few months ago, when I heard violist John Graham playing, I wrote,
“Graham moshed his way from a grinding, heavy-metal sound into a yearning, vaguely Middle Eastern mode. I was astonished by the range of sounds he made. He cranked out violent, robotic rhythms. He dug in, stripped horsehair strands off his bow, and played on even more forcefully. Later his instrument broke out in bluesy laughter. “Viola Sketches” proves composer Andrew Colella has struck a rich vein. More from him, please.”
If you happen to feel that the penny is not a very useful coin, a group of 29 students at Readington Middle School in New Jersey would certainly beg to differ with you. The article entitled Students Punished After Buying Lunch With Pennies intrigued me, so I decided to give it a read. The best way state my feelings upon finishing the article is "I have thoughts."
Have you ever read something that just stuns the living daylights out of you? This morning, during my normal news perusal, I ran across an article titled What High Schoolers Don't Know by Bonnie Goldstein. After reading the article, I was just completely flabbergasted. I would even go as far to say that I was at a loss for words- which for me, is a major accomplishment. If there is nothing else you read today, I urge you to read the study on which this blog and referenced articles are based.
Rochester’s first crazy busy concert week in March begins on a lamb-like day. Tomorrow, look for a cultural announcement from WXXI. On Wednesday, Eastman prof John Graham will pick up his electric viola to reprise Andrew's Colella's powerful Viola Sketches. More later. Tonight, the Rochester Oratorio Society sings at Roberts Wesleyan College in a concert unfortunately named “Choral Triptychs.” I’m singing in it. The music falls a little on the heavy Germanic side with music by Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Rheinberger as well as the flowing, inscrutable Lux Aeterna by contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen.
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Poet E. E. Cummings goes to Harvard. Makes friends with guy from Rochester, New York. Cummings paints a whole bunch of paintings and gives them to friend.
Cummings dies. Friend dies. 70+ drawings and paintings wind up at local college in 1978. Nobody knows what to do with them. They sit around in a closet (about half a mile from my house) for about 30 years.
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