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Postby shostakovich » Fri May 18, 2007 12:59 pm

Just got to this thread. The juggler was fantastic. Thanks, Haggis.

Great concert, Barfle. It's good to laugh.

Good lead in to the depressing story of Bartok and the Concerto for Orchestra. The Hartford Symphony ended its "Classical Conversations" series with a 1-hour talk by Robert Greenberg on Bartok's life and the circumstances under which the Concerto was written. There was also analysis with examples. After intermission came th full performance followed by a question-answer period. During that period Greenberg observed that the Concerto was the last piece of orchestral music of such quality. The conductor agreed. I was surprised to think of 1943 as the year of the last great orchestral work. I had thought (without a particular work in mind) of 1950 (because it ends in "50") as a likely date. After some more thinking, all I could come up with for counterexamples were Prokofiev's 5th and Shostakovich's 10th, both between 1943 and 1950. Any thoughts?
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Postby piqaboo » Fri May 18, 2007 1:07 pm

barfle wrote:Leonard Slatkin as conductor, and Peter Schickele as semiconductor.
:rofl: :D

I loved Figaro at the SDO last week. Sadly, I dozed. I havent been hit by the sleepies at an opera in a long time, but this time I got 'em bad*. I am pretty sure I heard the entire opera but I didnt see much over half of it, which is a pity because there were so many visual jokes going on. Every few bars, someone on stage would make a telling gesture or expression. It was hilarious.
* Can I get away with making this OT's fault? He was a wonderfully comfortable pillow! ;)
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Postby Marye » Fri May 18, 2007 2:00 pm

SHOS! You're back! :toast:
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Postby navneeth » Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:23 am

I will be missing these. It would've been nice if they had the Bangalore one a week later. :roll:
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Postby navneeth » Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:37 am

Woohoo! :owned:

http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/che/kue/mus/enindex.htm

Same ensemble, same genre, but as long as I get to hear some music live, I'm happy. :)
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Postby piqaboo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:59 am

Its SDO Chorus audition day today (7:30pmish).
Think good thoughts.
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Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:20 pm

piqaboo wrote:...SDO Chorus audition day today...

I shall cross everything I can, including my eyes.

Hey, OT! Break a (figurative) leg!

(You have to be specific with him. He's broken literal legs before. And he is a tenor.) :rolleyes:
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Postby Shapley » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:27 pm

Are we allowed to say "Good luck", or is that bad luck? I can never remember. Musicians and actors operate under different rules than the rest of us.

Break a leg, OT. (see Selma' post for legal disclaimer, etc., etc.) :D
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Postby OperaTenor » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:01 pm

I don't know. I think you have to throw a bag of iodized salt over your shoulder if you say "good luck", or something like that.

Thanks for the well wishes.

BTW, I *HATE* auditions.....

A friend refers to them as being fun like a root canal without anesthetic is fun.
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Postby barfle » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:13 am

How did it go? Legs both intact?
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Postby OperaTenor » Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:18 pm

I think it well enough I can say that's it's not so much a matter of if I'll get to wear silly costumes again this year, but how many.
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Postby OperaTenor » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:10 pm

According to last Sunday's voice lesson, I'll be wearing at least four silly costumes this season, barring costume changes. The chorus master told me I was literally a few notes from getting 5/5 shows instead of 4/5, and the first of my two arias in the audition was above criticism.

I like being employed....
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Postby jamiebk » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:24 pm

Well...congratulations OT!! Great news. I know I speak for all the other BBB regualrs when I say that I can't wait to see you in another ICBM costume! :rofl: :rofl:
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Postby Trumpetmaster » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:36 pm

OT,

Great News Indeed!!!

Congratulations....

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Postby Shapley » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:38 pm

Congratulations!
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Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:52 pm

Four, maybe more! Excellent! and Congratulations!

(Though none of the costumes could possibly be any better than that Hittite Hetaera getup...)
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Postby treebeau » Tue Aug 21, 2007 3:07 pm

Awesome, congrats, er, old chap? :D

Along the lines of opera, Winston-Salem is doing "La Traviata" in October and Greensboro is doing "Rigor Mortis" in November...both by "Joe Geen".

Some of my favorite tunes there...the libiamo from "Traviata", the "Cackle Nome" and the one about the mobile donna from "Rigor Mortis".

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Postby BigJon@Work » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:23 pm

OT, congrats!
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Postby Haggis@wk » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:32 pm

and the first of my two arias in the audition was above criticism.


It sounds like a punch line and...

Well......

I was going to say.........

Actually............

Trying not to snark...........

In all truthfulness......

If I had to guess......

(Ed. "Fuggedaboutit, he'll drop another golden opportunity and besides, I like the guy. It's nice to be employed"

Me.

Me.

Me.

Me. You going to put soda in that Scotch?)
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Postby OperaTenor » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:40 pm

Haggis, just remember, four fifths leaves a full fifth....

With or without the soda....

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