30. September 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

San Francisco Opera premieres John Adam’s Dr. Atomic tomorrow night. Dan and I will be attending the opera in 8 days. I’m counting down now. The Rest Is Noise blogger Alex Ross has an article in The New Yorker which gets me even more excited about the work, and aworks provides some good links to other information on the opera.

And then there’s an article begins with this:

Standing beneath the world’s first atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer falls to his knees as he sings the words of the poet John Donne: “Batter my heart, three-personed God.”

Alex Ross had mentioned this work too. It just so happens that this is my absolute most favorite poem. I hear that that particular part of the opera is stunning too.

Tomorrow night is also Symphony Silicon Valley’s opening night. No new works, but some pretty darn nice ones, and Beethoven’s fifth will have one moment that I can guarantee you’ve never heard before. I’ll explain why later. The conductor may explain prior to the performance. I wish he wouldn’t; I’d love to find out if anyone even noticed but since he’s forewarning everyone they will, of course, say they would have noticed even if they really wouldn’t. (No one wants to look as if they don’t know something … right?)

Support my child! The Performing Arts Department of Jameson’s school, Abraham Lincoln High School, is having a car wash tomorrow. (9:30-4:00 in the Lincoln quad.) Go get your car washed if you live in our area! Pretty please? Jameson sings in the Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, Estetica (a 12 member vocal jazz group), and he’s in Tour Group, which is the select group of actors. We’ll be seeing him in Midsummer Night’s Dream in a few weeks; he has the role of Nick Bottom. Don’t ass me how he got that role. ;-)

As you can see, there are lots of things going on that cause me to count down. Good thing I’m good at counting. Comes from all those years as an English horn player; I did more counting than playing, I suppose! (But when I did play, it was usually a solo. I sometimes miss that San Jose Symphony (RIP) life.)
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