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March 6, 2004

Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra Golijov. Knussen, Rachmaninoff - Robert Spano, Garrick Ohlsson

March 10, 2004

Another new hole in my belt!

March 12, 2004

Sold Masi on consignment on ebay



March 13, 2004

Finally got the Rohloff hub for my Thorn Raven!

March 14, 2004

Performance: H.M.S. Pinafore

This 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.

March 17, 2004

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!

March 19, 2004

Revels Sing

Went 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.

March 20, 2004

Film: The Triplets of Belleville

This one was worth seing a second time!

March 21, 2004

St. Patrick's Day Parade

I 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.

March 27, 2004

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.

March 27, 2004

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.

March 28, 2004

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.

March 31, 2004

Harriet back home ;-)

April 1, 2004

Nanodrive! My annual April Fool page.

eBook: Miles Errant Lois McMaster Bujold

I 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.

April 2, 2004

Film: (DVD) Women vs. Men Chazz Palminteri 2002

Enjoyable war-between-the-sexes comedy.

April 3, 2004

Thespis put in.

Here are some pix of me in my makeup as Preposteros:
Sheldon Brown as Preposteros Sheldon Brown as Preposteros Sheldon Brown as Preposteros

Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra Vaughan Williams, Musgrave, Walton. Grant Llewellyn, cond, John Relyea, bass-baritone

This concert began with the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, shimmeringly beautiful. This was followed by the premiere of Thea Musgrave's Turbulent Landscapes, inspired by a number of Turner paintings. I'll need a few more hearings to make up my mind on this. Fortunately, my trusty Mac recorded the broadcast from WCRB, so I'll get the chance! It was good of the BSO to provide an insert for the program book with good color, sorry, colour images of the paintings.

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!

April 10, 2004

Thespis Doubleheader

Harriet 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.

April 14, 2004

New bike: Rivendell Quickbeam

Very cool new singlespeed bike, which I immediately converted to fixed gear...

Film: (DVD) Dangerous Beauty Marshall Herskovitz 1998

An entertaining bodice ripper, set in 16th century Venice. Entertaining story, very high production values.

April 15, 2004

Harried off to California to visit Tova in Santa Cruz. I would have gone too, except that Thespis conflicted with the dates.

April 20, 2004

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 1998

This 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.

April 24, 2004

N.E.F.F.A. Festival

I 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.

April 25, 2004

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, 2004

Another 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 1994

This 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.

April 26, 2004

Harriet finally back from California! 10 days is a looooong time to be parted from my love!

April 28, 2004

Film: (DVD) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Frank Oz 1988

Entertaining con-man comedy with Steve Martin and Michael Caine, set in the French Riviera.

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The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.

Books reviewed on this page:
Miles ErrantLois McMaster Bujold4/1/04
1634: The Galileo AffairAndrew Dennis and Eric Flint4/25/04


The overall film list has been moved to a separate page.

Films reviewed on this page:

April 10, 2004M.I.T.G.A.S.PGilbert & Sullivan: Thespis
April 3, 2004B.S.O., Grant LlewellenVaughan Williams, Musgrave, Walton
January 17, 2004B.S.O., James LevineMozart, Carter, Dvorak
December 10, 2003Australian Opera (DVD)La Bohème
November 13, 2003Kirov Ballet, St. PetersburgChopin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky
October 4, 2003B.S.O., Hans Graf, Claudio BohóquezTchaikovsky & Shostakovich
October 4, 2003B.S.O., Bernard Haitink, Dubravka TomsicBeethoven
March 8, 2003M.I.T.G.A.S.PBizet: Carmen
March 8, 2003B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkBeethoven, Harbison
March 7, 2003Arlo GuthrieNortheastern University
February 21-March 1, 2003Gilbert & Sullivan: PatienceSudbury Savoyards
January 18, 2003B.S.O., Ton Koopman, Andreas SchollBach, Haydn
December 7, 2002B.S.O., Marek JanowskiBartok, Strauss
November 29, 2002New York Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Pierre Laurent-AimardJanacek: Cappriccio; R.Strauss: Burleske; Brahms: Sym. #2
November 2, 2002B.S.O., Marek JanowskiBartok, Strauss
September 22, 2002Boston Folk FestivalBarachois, Bill Staines, Cheryl Wheeler, Richard Thompson
July 21, 2002London Philharmonic, RostropovichShostakovich, Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk
July 3, 2002Stan Rogers Folk FestivalOysterband, Fairport Convention, others.
May 3, 2002The Australian OperaWagner, Die Meistersinger
April 18, 2002B.S.O., Seiji OzawaMahler, Sym. # 9
April 13, 2002M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Gondoliers
March 7, 2002B.S.O., Hans Graf, M. Piccinini, A.HäfligerColgrass, Schubert
February 21, 2002B.S.O., James LevineDvorak, Wuoronen, Mozart, Ligeti,Schumann
January 10, 2002B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkBruckner: Symphony #7
December 9, 2001Brandeis University Symphony OrchestraBeethoven: Piano Concerto #3; Dvorak: Symphony #6
December 8, 2001Brandeis University Early Music SocietyVarious works
November 17, 2001M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore
November 3, 2001B.S.O., Federico CorteseIves: Ragtime Dances, Mozart Pf Conc #9 k271, Kurtäg: Grabstein für Stephan; Schubert, Sym. #4
Novembr 2, 2001Blue Man Group, Seiji OzawaBrahms: Symphony #1
October 6, 2001B.S.O., Seiji OzawaBrahms: Symphony #1
May 3-6, 2001M.I.Tl G & S PlayersGilbert & Sullivan: The Grand Duke
April 13, 2001Harvard-Radcliffe G & SGilbert & Sullivan: Utopia, Limited
March 4, 2001Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraHaydn: Missa in Tempore Belli; Symphony #49 "La Pasione"
March 3, 2001B.S.O., David RobertsonJanácek Sinfonietta,
February 18, 2001Theatre de Chatelet (DVD)Janácek, The Cunning Little Vixen
February 4, 2001M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Rowe & Sullivan, The Zoo
February 3, 2001B.S.O., James LevineMahler Symphony #3
February 3, 2001George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
December 27, 2000The Christmas Revels, CambridgeAppalchian/African-American Revels
December 23, 2000San Carlo Opera (DVD)Wagner, Tannhäuser
November 18, 2000M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Sorceror
November 16, 2000Harvestfest, Newton North High School
November 2, 2000B.S.O., Christoph EschenbachMozart: Piano Concerto #23; Mahler Symphony #5
October 24, 2000Leon RosselsonJohnny D's
October 7, 2000The Savoy-AiresGilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
June 18, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
May 21, 2000Small Ensemble Concert--Newton North
April 29, 2000Spring Revels
April 22, 2000B.S.O., André Previn, Pamela FrankPrevin: Diversions; Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony #39
March 10, 2000Revels, Inc/Shakespeare & Co.The Mysteries
February 26, 2000B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa, Christine Goerke, Ian Bostridge, Thomas QuasthoffBritten: War Requiem
February 19, 2000B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkMahler: Symphony #7
February 12, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
January 29, 2000B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle
Peter Donohoe, Piano
Dvorák: The Golden Spinning Wheel,
Bartók: Piano Concerto #1, Brahms: Symphony #2
January 8, 2000George on TromboneN.E. Regional Senior District Festival
December 19, 1999The Christmas Revels, CambridgeItalian Renaissance Revels
December 12, 1999Pierre Boulez, Met Opera (video)Wagner: Siegfried
November 19, 1999Matapat, Lexington
November 18, 1999Harvestfest, Newton North High SchoolSt. Sæns Danse Macabre
November 7, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe
November 4, 1999George and his band at Ryles, Cambridge
October 2, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa
Florence Quivar, Mezzo; Paula Delligatti, Sop.
Mahler, Symphony #2
September 29, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa,
Hildegarde Behrens, Soprano
Wagner: Tannhäuser, Götterdämmerung excerpts;
Strauss: Electra excerpt.
August 14, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Crichton
July 24, 1999David Mallett
June 19, 1999The Publick TheatreGilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard
April 13, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova at Watch City Brewery
March 7, 1999Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraMozart: Requiem, Symphony #38 ("Prague").
March 5, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova in Jazz recital at Newton Congregational Church.
March 4, 1999Newton North High School various groups.
February 6, 1999B.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, 1999B.S.O., Robert Spano,
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
Lindberg: Arena
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Symphony #3
January 16, 1999B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle,
Dawn Upshaw (sop.)
Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Weir Natural History
Mahler Symphony #4
Schumann Piano Concerto
December 23, 1998The Christmas Revels, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
December 12, 1998Caroling with Nym Cooke, Hardwick, Mass.
November 28, 1998B.S.O., Roberto Abbado,
Lief Ove Andsnes (piano)
Mahler Symphony #1
Schumann Piano Concerto
November 8, 1998M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado

November 29, 2002Lorraine BraccoThe Graduate
November 23, 2001Helen Mirren, Ian McKellnThe Dance of Death-August Strindberg
September 30, 2000Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell UniversityThe Maids-Jean Genet
May 30, 2000Kelsey Grammer/Colonial TheatreMacbeth
May 26, 2000The Huntington Theatre Co.King Hedley II
September 3, 1999The Publick TheatreNine
August 21, 1999Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sonata
August 13, 1999Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You
May 22-29Newton South/North High SchoolsRichard III
December 18, 1998Newton North High SchoolThe Bone Violin, May Flies
November 12, 1998Newton North High SchoolTo Kill a Mockingbird 052999

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