Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra Golijov. Knussen, Rachmaninoff - Robert Spano, Garrick Ohlsson
Another new hole in my belt!
Sold Masi on consignment on ebay
Finally got the Rohloff hub for my Thorn Raven!
Performance: H.M.S. PinaforeThis afternoon I got a call asking whether I'd like to sing the role of Dick Deadeye in a rather ad hoc sing through of H.M.S. Pinafore. Would I! It was at a church in Arlington, with a number of other MITGASP folks as soloists and in the audience/chorus. I didn't know the ensemble parts, but managed to struggle through without totally disgracing my self.
I'm a Redhead!I had mentioned to Harriet that I was interested in dyeing my hair red, and she found some Clairol #80 Auburn. I did it, and now I'm a redhead! Looks good to me, I think I'll stick with the look for a while!
Revels SingWent to the Revels Spring Sing at the church in Watertown. Lots of fun, nice to see lots of old friends. I'll be missing the summer show this year, as Harriet and I will be in England or France when the show goes up in June.
Film: The Triplets of BellevilleThis one was worth seing a second time!
St. Patrick's Day ParadeI rode the Thorn in to Southie for the parade, haven't been to it for a few years. Harriet was too busy to come along, would have been more fun if she had been able to come. 26 miles.
With my new red hair I actually look Irish, for the first time in my life. (I actually am either 3/8 or 5/16 Irish by ancestry (there's this one great-grandmother I'm not sure about.
Concert: Boston Symphony OrchestraMahler/Britten, Sibelius - Paavo Berglund"What the Wild Flowers Tell Me" Britten's reduced orchestration of the second movement of Mahler's 5th. Not sure what was the point of scheduling this, but it was enjoyable enough. Then Britten's Violin Concerto, which I'd never heard before. I actually couldn't hear it as well as I might have, due to less than wonderful seats under the second balcony. Later, listening to the recording I made from the radio, I enjoyed this more. After the intermission, they played Sibelius's 6th and 7th Symphonies in succession. This was excellent.
Went for a nice ride on the Thorn, down to and around Cutler park, out through Dover and back through Wellesley. Listened to Die Schöne Müllerin and Beethoven's 9th on my iPod. Weather was warm enough to wear shorts, a very pleasant ride.
Harriet off to Washington DC for a few days.
Bob came over do do a rehearsal of the video, didn't go well, though, I think I need to work from an outline, rather than a script.
Harriet back home ;-)
Nanodrive! My annual April Fool page.
eBook: Miles Errant Lois McMaster BujoldI didn't get into this right off the bat, but it grew on me, and I think I'll need to get the whole series . This is a space opera centering on Miles Naismith/Vorsigan, an interstellar intelligence operative with a couple of different identities.
The characters are well drawn, and the respective planetary societies are interesting in their contrasts. Highly recommended for SF fans.
Film: (DVD) Women vs. Men Chazz Palminteri 2002Enjoyable war-between-the-sexes comedy.
Thespis put in.Here are some pix of me in my makeup as Preposteros:
The concert concluded with a wonderful performance of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. This has long been a favorite of mine, but I'd never heard it live before. Quite a treat!
Thespis DoubleheaderHarriet took photos of the show.
She left before the second show. Afterwards, when I got out to the Pontiac in the parking lot, I found that the battery was stone-cold dead! Turns out the lock is worn out, and I had accidentally shut it off leaving it in reverse, so the backup lights drained the battery. Took almost an hour for AAA to come and give me a boost.
New bike: Rivendell QuickbeamVery cool new singlespeed bike, which I immediately converted to fixed gear...
Film: (DVD) Dangerous Beauty Marshall Herskovitz 1998An entertaining bodice ripper, set in 16th century Venice. Entertaining story, very high production values.
Harried off to California to visit Tova in Santa Cruz. I would have gone too, except that Thespis conflicted with the dates.
Drove out to Sudbury with the Thorn Raven and rode out to the Wachusett reservoir. Very pleasant ride, about 32 miles. I'm really enjoying the Rohloff 14 speed hub.
On the way back, as I was approaching Sudbury and still feeling good, I detoured onto an abandoned road into the woods for half a mile or so. A group of 3 young dear bounded across the road in front of me, probably not more than 15-20 feet away!
Film: (DVD) The Harmonists Joseph Vilsmaier 1998This German film deals with the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a hugely popular pop music group in Weimar Germany. 3 of the 6 members were Jewish, however, so the group was forced to disband by the Nazi regime. A rather grim film, but a good one, very well made.
I actually own one of the original 78s by this close-harmony group.
N.E.F.F.A. FestivalI cycled out to this on the Thorn Raven, a pleasant 22 mile round trip. I'm definitely getting my mileage up this year, compared with the last few. I have to give a lot of credit to the Atkins diet. I'm now down to 215 pounds, from a peak of 270, and am still descending gradually.
CRW Ride, Bolton Mass, 32 miles on the Thorn Raven, gorgeous countryside, beautiful weather. I hit 41 mph in one descent in Harvard! The bike is really solid and secure feeling, even at high speeds.
eBook: 1634: The Galileo Affair Andrew Dennis and Eric Flint, 2004Another in the series begun with 1632, this one is mostly set in Venice, and involves various machinations among Richelieu, Mazarin and Pope Urban III. Good fun, but should be read in sequence.
Film: (DVD) In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan 1994This film recounts the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the Guildford 6, Irish people imprisoned for a pub bombing they had nothing to do with. As grim a story as one might expect, I probably would have given it a miss except for the fact that it featues Emma Thompson, alas, in a fairly small part.
Harriet finally back from California! 10 days is a looooong time to be parted from my love!
Film: (DVD) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Frank Oz 1988Entertaining con-man comedy with Steve Martin and Michael Caine, set in the French Riviera.
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April 10, 2004 M.I.T.G.A.S.P Gilbert & Sullivan: Thespis
April 3, 2004 B.S.O., Grant Llewellen Vaughan Williams, Musgrave, Walton
January 17, 2004 B.S.O., James Levine Mozart, Carter, Dvorak
December 10, 2003 Australian Opera (DVD) La Bohème
November 13, 2003 Kirov Ballet, St. Petersburg Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky
October 4, 2003 B.S.O., Hans Graf, Claudio Bohóquez Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich
October 4, 2003 B.S.O., Bernard Haitink, Dubravka Tomsic Beethoven
March 8, 2003 M.I.T.G.A.S.P Bizet: Carmen
March 8, 2003 B.S.O., Bernard Haitink Beethoven, Harbison
March 7, 2003 Arlo Guthrie Northeastern University
February 21-March 1, 2003 Gilbert & Sullivan: Patience Sudbury Savoyards
January 18, 2003 B.S.O., Ton Koopman, Andreas Scholl Bach, Haydn
December 7, 2002 B.S.O., Marek Janowski Bartok, Strauss
November 29, 2002 New York Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Pierre Laurent-Aimard Janacek: Cappriccio; R.Strauss: Burleske; Brahms: Sym. #2
November 2, 2002 B.S.O., Marek Janowski Bartok, Strauss
September 22, 2002 Boston Folk Festival Barachois, Bill Staines, Cheryl Wheeler, Richard Thompson
July 21, 2002 London Philharmonic, Rostropovich Shostakovich, Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk
July 3, 2002 Stan Rogers Folk Festival Oysterband, Fairport Convention, others.
May 3, 2002 The Australian Opera Wagner, Die Meistersinger
April 18, 2002 B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa Mahler, Sym. # 9
April 13, 2002 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Gilbert & Sullivan, The Gondoliers March 7, 2002 B.S.O., Hans Graf, M. Piccinini, A.Häfliger Colgrass, Schubert
February 21, 2002 B.S.O., James Levine Dvorak, Wuoronen, Mozart, Ligeti,Schumann
January 10, 2002 B.S.O., Bernard Haitink Bruckner: Symphony #7
December 9, 2001 Brandeis University Symphony Orchestra Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3; Dvorak: Symphony #6
December 8, 2001 Brandeis University Early Music Society Various works
November 17, 2001 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Gilbert & Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore November 3, 2001 B.S.O., Federico Cortese Ives: Ragtime Dances, Mozart Pf Conc #9 k271, Kurtäg: Grabstein für Stephan; Schubert, Sym. #4
Novembr 2, 2001 Blue Man Group, Seiji Ozawa Brahms: Symphony #1
October 6, 2001 B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa Brahms: Symphony #1
May 3-6, 2001 M.I.Tl G & S Players Gilbert & Sullivan: The Grand Duke
April 13, 2001 Harvard-Radcliffe G & S Gilbert & Sullivan: Utopia, Limited
March 4, 2001 Newton North High School Chorus
and Orchestra Haydn: Missa in Tempore Belli; Symphony #49 "La Pasione"
March 3, 2001 B.S.O., David Robertson Janácek Sinfonietta,
February 18, 2001 Theatre de Chatelet (DVD) Janácek, The Cunning Little Vixen
February 4, 2001 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Rowe
& Sullivan, The Zoo
February 3, 2001 B.S.O., James Levine Mahler Symphony #3
February 3, 2001 George and his band at
Harvey Finstein School of Music
December 27, 2000 The Christmas Revels,
Cambridge Appalchian/African-American Revels
December 23, 2000 San Carlo Opera
(DVD) Wagner, Tannhäuser
2000 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Gilbert & Sullivan, The Sorceror November 16, 2000 Harvestfest, Newton North High
School November 2, 2000 B.S.O., Christoph Eschenbach Mozart: Piano
Concerto #23; Mahler Symphony #5
October 24, 2000 Leon
Rosselson Johnny D's
October 7, 2000 The
Savoy-Aires Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
June 18, 2000 George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
May 21, 2000 Small Ensemble
April 29, 2000 Spring Revels
April 22, 2000 B.S.O., André Previn, Pamela
Frank Previn: Diversions; Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony
March 10, 2000 Revels, Inc/Shakespeare & Co. The Mysteries
February 26, 2000 B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa, Christine Goerke, Ian
Bostridge, Thomas Quasthoff Britten: War Requiem
February 19, 2000 B.S.O., Bernard Haitink Mahler: Symphony
February 12, 2000 George and his band at
Harvey Finstein School of Music
January 29, 2000 B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle
Peter Donohoe, Piano
Dvorák: The Golden Spinning Wheel,
Bartók: Piano Concerto #1, Brahms: Symphony #2
January 8, 2000 George on
Trombone N.E. Regional Senior District Festival
December 19, 1999 The Christmas Revels,
Cambridge Italian Renaissance Revels
December 12, 1999 Pierre Boulez, Met
Opera (video) Wagner: Siegfried
November 19, 1999 Matapat, Lexington
November 18, 1999 Harvestfest, Newton
North High School St. Sæns Danse Macabre
November 7, 1999 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Gilbert &
Sullivan, Iolanthe November 4, 1999 George and his band at
October 2, 1999 B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa
Florence Quivar, Mezzo; Paula Delligatti, Sop.
Mahler, Symphony #2
September 29, 1999 B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa,
Hildegarde Behrens, Soprano
Wagner: Tannhäuser, Götterdämmerung
Strauss: Electra excerpt.
1999 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Gilbert & Sullivan, Crichton July 24, 1999 David Mallett June 19, 1999 The
Publick Theatre Gilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard
April 13, 1999 Harvey Finstein School of Music
student groups George and Tova at Watch City
March 7, 1999 Newton North High School Chorus
and Orchestra Mozart: Requiem, Symphony #38 ("Prague").
March 5, 1999 Harvey Finstein School of Music student
groups George and Tova in Jazz recital at Newton Congregational Church.
March 4, 1999 Newton North High School various
February 6, 1999 B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa,
Jacques Zoon (flute)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande "Symphony"
Mozart: Flute Concerto #1 in G, K.313
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps.
January 30, 1999 B.S.O., Robert Spano,
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Symphony #3
January 16, 1999 B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle,
Dawn Upshaw (sop.)
Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Weir Natural History
Mahler Symphony #4
Schumann Piano Concerto
Christmas Revels, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
December 12, 1998 Caroling with Nym
Cooke, Hardwick, Mass.
1998 B.S.O., Roberto Abbado,
Lief Ove Andsnes (piano)
Mahler Symphony #1
Schumann Piano Concerto
November 8, 1998 M.I.T.G.a.S.P. Gilbert &
Sullivan, The Mikado Plays:
November 29, 2002 Lorraine Bracco The Graduate
November 23, 2001 Helen Mirren, Ian McKelln The Dance of Death-August Strindberg
September 30, 2000 Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell
University The Maids-Jean Genet
2000 Kelsey Grammer/Colonial Theatre Macbeth
May 26, 2000 The Huntington Theatre Co. King
September 3, 1999 The Publick
August 21, 1999 Orange
Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y. Sonata
1999 Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For
May 22-29 Newton South/North High
Schools Richard III
1998 Newton North High School The Bone Violin, May Flies
November 12, 1998 Newton North High School To
Kill a Mockingbird
December 22, 2003 Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 27, 2003 Florida
October 31, 2003 Potomac, Maryland
October 10, 2003 Las Vegas, Nevada
September 21, 2003 New York, N.Y.
November 27-30, 2002 New York, N.Y.
October 8-13, 2002 Evanston, Illinois
October 4-8, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada
July 3-9, 2002 Canso, Nova Scotia
May 24-27, 2002 Long Island, New York
November 21-24, 2001 New York City
October 16-19, 2001 Cape Cod, Massachusetts
September 29-October 3, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada (Interbike Show)
June 16-23, 2001 Nags Head, North Carolina
October 5-14, 2000 Evanston, Illinois
September 30-October 2, 2000 Ithaca, New York
June 22-25, 2000 Urbanna, Virginia
October 7-13, 1999 Chicago/Evanston,
August 19-28, 1999 Ithaca, New
August 12-13, 1999 Ithaca, New York
July 23-25, 1999 Bridgeton, Maine
November 25-28, 1998 Fort Lauderdale,
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