20. December 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Quotes

Coronation Mass Rehearsal, performance Sunday

2 rehearsals, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

Christmas Cantata Rehearsal, performance Christmas Eve

As I type this I am watching The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny and there live and in person I see Mel Ulrich. He sang in Opera San Jose as an artist in residence. I hear that he’s now retired from singing completely. I always enjoyed him a lot. Great voice! I do wonder what he is up to now.

(I’ll watch the whole opera at a later date since I came in late due to Nutcracker. Rumor has it that it will be under the Christmas tree.)

… and no, this entry doesn’t “count” for an entry. It’s just my countdown entry. Okay? ;-)

Well, yes, I know I said I it was possible that I might not be blogging much. But notice the “possible” and notice, too, that what I’m putting up—so far anyway—are merely concert announcements for your perusal. (Or perfusal, as I wrote first. And I think that might be appropriate for this one … you can peruse and then refuse. And I think that makes it a “perfusal”. ;-)

What a Doll at Orchestra Hall! It’s princess power Sunday at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward in Detroit) as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents “Barbie at the Symphony.” The DSO will play popular pieces from “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake” and other classics while showing scenes from Barbie movies on the big screen. 3 p.m. Tickets start at $19. Arrive early (1 p.m.) and attend a tea party with Barbie for $5. Come in costume for the Best-Dressed Barbie Contest. 313-576-5111.

What I want to know is … how many regular members of DSO will be on stage, and how many subs are there in their place?!

20. December 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Concert Announcements

I think Janet Popesco is one fine oboist and English hornist. If you are anywhere Martinez you could enjoy her playing.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE LOWELLS: Feeling fatigued by the Christmas crunch? Consider spending the evening with the Lowell Trio. Led by S.F. Opera oboist Janet Popesco Archibald, the trio got rave reviews for its appearance at Armando’s in Martinez earlier this year; they return to the intimate club Dec. 20 with a program of holiday-themed chamber music, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” Handel’s “Messiah” and works by Bach and Vivaldi. 8-11 p.m. at Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez. $8, or two for $15. www.martinezvibes.com/armandos.

Found here. (Other concerts are listed as well.)

I’ll be sitting in a “Nut Pit” tonight, so of course it doesn’t work for yours truly.