23. December 2014 · Comments Off on Advent ~ Day Twenty-Three · Categories: Advent

In Dulci Jubilo
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

22. December 2014 · Comments Off on Advent ~ Day Twenty-Two · Categories: Advent

Once in Royal David’s City
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

This is the first of the King’s College Carols from King’s 2013 program. I will continue with these until the program is completed.

21. December 2014 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Michael Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethlehem
Monteverdichoir Würzburg; Monteverdi Ensemble; Miatthias Beckert, Conductor

21. December 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

This one had to be shown WITH the picture. No choice!

Update
Clearly I made a mistake … I don’t post Twitter Quotes of the Day on Sundays! Since it’s already appeared, though, I guess I’ll just let it be.

TQODKermit

21. December 2014 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Christmas, Sunday Morning Music

Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd’s Carol
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury/Daniel Hyde

21. December 2014 · Comments Off on Advent ~ Day Twenty-One · Categories: Advent

Of The Father’s Love Begotten
Musaic

20. December 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

If anyone cares, a little 6th grade boy I used to babysit just started playing oboe…so my night has been made

20. December 2014 · Comments Off on Advent ~ Day Twenty · Categories: Advent

I Saw Three Ships, arr. Wolfram Buchenberg
USC Chamber Singers; Jo-Michael Scheibe, Conductor

19. December 2014 · Comments Off on Paul Renzi 1926(?)-2014 · Categories: Losses

I just read of former San Francisco Symphony’s principal flutist’s death. His was certainly a name all knew in this area. He was 88.

19. December 2014 · Comments Off on Trouble Elsewhere Too · Categories: Read Online

I have permission to post this (thank you, Kyle Lawson), and anyone in this area can probably name at least three groups here that have been dealt the death blow. I think this is something well worth reading. (I read it on Facebook):

It is Dec. 19, 2014. The apocalypse came today. It was limited in scope; only one theater company was involved. But that was Actors Theatre. Thirty years of priceless work. Thirty years of memories that will fade.
Leaving what?
The ground between the rock and the hard place is not fertile for the arts. Actors Theatre thrived there longer than most. But live theater comes with a hefty price. More than we were willing to pay. The work was never less than excellent, just as often it was superlative. Yet there were empty seats. The wallets of potential donors remained closed.
These are not good days for our country. We are beset by enemies without and within. Ideology rages, compassion wanes. We proclaim ourselves a religious nation, unaware of the irony that our lives are ruled by greed and bigotry, a travesty of our creed.
Art is the enemy of such ignorance. Why would the ideologists support it? An enlightened electoral base, a knowledgeable consumer community are dangerous. They are not easily led. Brainwashing is almost impossible.
Art is a second opinion. Invaluable. Destroy it.
One cannot blame Actors Theatre for its closing. If there is no money, there is no money. Artists must live, suppliers must be paid. The board and the company’s leaders, Matthew Wiener and Erica McKibbern Black, went beyond the extra mile.
One cannot blame the wealthy, either. Where would this community be without the Herbergers and their fellow philanthropists? Or the support that the municipalities have lent, if sometimes begrudgingly?
It is we who have changed. We no longer seem to care that our children are growing up intellectually and emotionally stunted. We no longer fight for what we believe. We let others vote. We let the media define our existence.
Actors Theater is just one casualty. There will be many more.
Until none are left to die.

For me this is a bit of a “Think again, girl”, kind of post. I tend to blame the wealthy individuals and companies who don’t support the arts. But we normal folk. Do we care? I wonder!

I have more to write (and I did), but being as I’m in a negative sort of mood right now I’m just going to leave this here. For now. Maybe forever. We’ll see!