While trying to decide upon a focus for this week's blog, I browsed through my holidays and observances calendar for inspiration. Lucky for me, a few related themes quickly jumped out, so here I am writing about.....writing. And reading. And families. Being a bit of a bibliophile, I am quite excited to share some ideas, resources and thoughts on reading, writing and family. I read a lot, I write a lot and I have a LOT of family. This is as good as combining chocolate and peanut butter!
Monday night. Off to Oratorio Society to practice singing Handel’s Messiah.
I’m not alone. Hundreds of local singers all over Western New York are preparing for what’s become a holiday ritual. Adding up the performances from my group, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, The Publick Musick, and dozens of smaller choirs, you could probably hear Messiah live twice a week until Christmas. Beats shopping.
In a feeble effort to live a more mindful existence, I recently started taking notes during rehearsals.
My notes look like this:
“All WL Sheep like NBC theme.”
“Poor Eric w/ broken arm!!”
“Gates have no heads.”
This blog builds upon the previous message that highlighted the importance of making your mark in life. Now that you have made a decision to solve a problem in your community, the next logical step is to figure out where your passion lies and the specific problem you want to solve.
According to today’s Toronto Star, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plan to establish a major new summer music festival. Presently, they’re calling it Project Niagara. The Shaw Festival folk are thrilled.
The performances would be held on a covered stage area with lots of seating on the lawn.
From May to September, this “Tanglewood North” would be a place to hear the NAC Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and the TSO, led by Peter Oundjian.