A study by the Internet-based market research firm Harris Interactive revealed that 57 percent of Americans ended 2011 with unused vacation time, working, on average, 11 of their allotted days off. Thatâ€™s 70 percent of their potential time to relax and spend time with family and friends!
Why do so many of us work rather than rest?
We might take a cue from classical musicians who find creative ways to combine work and pleasure, especially in the summer months.
Radio static in the dark. A bandstand shaped like a boom box. Sounds of different stations as this radio wandered the dial. The shadows of the band creating these radio sounds.
Then Esperanza Spalding strolled out onto the stage of Kodak Hall of Eastman Theatre, where she played bass, sang, and led her band through Saturday night's musical journey as part of the Xerox International Rochester Jazz Festival.
From the Topâ€™s first international show in BogotĂˇ, Colombia last week was a collaboration with the Batuta National Foundation (Colombiaâ€™s national youth music program) and the FilarmĂłnica Joven de Colombia (Colombiaâ€™s national youth orchestra), and was one of the most inspiring and rewarding journeys we have ever experienced.
You could own an original piece of visual art by composer Philip Glass. He donated a 6â€ť X 6â€ť piece to the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Avenue in Rochester. The galleryâ€™s director Blue Cease sent this picture of the back of the work: