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 features 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.
|November-December, 1998||April-May, 1975|
|Books reviewed on this page:|
|Miles Errant||Lois McMaster Bujold||4/1/04|
|1634: The Galileo Affair||Andrew Dennis and Eric Flint||4/25/04|
|Music reviewed on this page:|
|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|
|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|
|May 30, 2000||Kelsey Grammer/Colonial Theatre||Macbeth|
|May 26, 2000||The Huntington Theatre Co.||King Hedley II|
|September 3, 1999||The Publick Theatre||Nine|
|August 21, 1999||Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.||Sonata|
|August 13, 1999||Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.||Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You|
|May 22-29||Newton South/North High Schools||Richard III|
|December 18, 1998||Newton North High School||The Bone Violin, May F lies|
|November 12, 1998||Newton North High School||To Kill a Mockingbird|
|November 21-24, 2007||Plantation, Florida|
|September 25-28, 2007||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|August 18-25, 2007||Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts|
|November 22-26, 2006||Plantation, Florida|
|September 25-28, 2006||Las Vegas (Interbike)|
|June 10-20, 2006||Santa Cruz, California|
|May 5-7, 2006||Aurora, Indiana|
|November 23, 2005||Plantation, Florida|
|September 26-29, 2005||Interbike, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|August 26-28, 2005||'Bentride 2005, Bath, N.Y.|
|July 21-24, 2005||Family Reunion, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.|
|April 29, 2005||Cirque de Cyclisme, Greensboro, N.C.|
|February 16, 2005||Indianapolis|
|November 24, 2004||Plantation, Florida|
|October 8, 2004||Santa Cruz, California|
|October 4, 2004||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|June 8, 2004||France, England|
|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, Illinois|
|August 19-28, 1999||Ithaca, New York|
|August 12-13, 1999||Ithaca, New York|
|July 23-25, 1999||Bridgeton, Maine|
|November 25-28, 1998||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|