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Classical music connections

We in Rochester are so blessed to have lots of resources right here in our area to enjoy great classical music.  The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Youth Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music and all of its ensembles, the Hochstein School, Madrigalia, Rochester Oratorio Society -- those that we all think of immediately are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are so many other great regional orchestras, choirs, operas, church and school music...too many to name individually. 
 
And now, as if this is not enough, satellite technology
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Jack Leax interview, National Poetry Month

Poet Jack Leax is retiring after more than 40 years of teaching at Houghton College. Click below to hear an extended interview with him about the astounding changes he’s seen in the Genesee Valley. He also reads some poems.
 
My sister and I were talking about poetry the other day and how the random status updates of our Facebook friends sometimes read like verse. So here’s a poem for National Poetry Month from today's updates.
 
Status Update
 
My oldest friend says, “Good Morning All!
Wasn't Adam Lambert great last night? That boy can SING!”
Another old friend laments the end of the chocolate cake
but smiles at the thought that the chili is still in the fridge.
A co-worker has totally lost his voice but is finally feeling better.
A writer I admire is dreading the whole car situation.
The wife of a friend is trying to decide on a menu for Easter,
and the guy who organizes board games is feeling contemplative.
Denes is at the hospital with Leonard and Esther,
and an old boyfriend writes,
“I have nothing profound to say at this time.
Really. Nothing.”

HD Opera lovers invited to join the group discussion

If you love the Metropolitan Opera in HD - Met @ the Movies - you are invited to join a group of like-minded individuals on Facebook.  Check out the new group "Rochester Met @ the Movies Fans" where you can connect with others and even join a discussion.  Go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2726805992#/group.php?... to join the group!

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Gigs to watch out for at Eastman

The other day, a friend warned me to avoid the new Facebook game, Scramble. Too addictive, he said. If you use the online social networking site Facebook, you know it contains many such delightful ways to avoid work.

But it’s useful, too.

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Facebook is not evil!

Even though one of our bloggers might have some doubts... :-) some of us are leaning the other way.

WXXI's Interactive Services team is exploring a variety of social media and social networking tools including Facebook! If you're on Facebook, you can become a fan of WXXI here: WXXI Public Broadcasting on Facebook

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Facebook is evil?

My friend Carl Pultz pointed me to The Idler’s website. Tom Hodgkinson (a.k.a “The Idler”) writes about his efforts to -- as he beautifully puts it -- “return dignity to the art of loafing.” But I don’t believe Tom is a great idler. He’s too productive. His recent article about Facebook in The Guardian newspaper is long and well researched. It explains why Tom despises Facebook, the online social networking site with 59 million current users and 2 million new ones each week.

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