I’m calling this my “good morning, no get out on your walk” music!

Fasch: Concerto in D, 3rd Movement
Philadephia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare

Who knew? Certainly not I, until I received the following email:

The Royal Opera House teams with Twitter to tell the stories of opera and ballet using emojis on World Emoji Day


World Emoji Day on Monday 17 July 2017 marks the first time that the Royal Opera House has teamed up with a digital platform like Twitter to tell the stories of some of the world’s best-loved operas and ballets, engaging new audiences at giant scale for the first time.

Throughout World Emoji Day, the Royal Opera House will share a series of tweets via its Twitter handle @RoyalOperaHouse, each one telling the story of a famous opera or ballet using only emojis.

Emoji clips for Carmen and The Nutcracker

Twitter will support the Royal Opera House’s content, encouraging the initiative to trend. The Royal Opera House will support with additional activity on Instagram and Facebook throughout the day.

The public will have the chance to win a pair of tickets if they identify any one opera or ballet told as emojis in any one of the tweets. With a new tweet for a new ballet or opera every 30 minutes throughout the day, there will be many opportunities to enter.

Jeremy Paul, Head of Marketing Communications, Audiences and Media at the Royal Opera House, said: “We grab any opportunity to tell narratives and teaming up with Twitter means we do this at unprecedented scale. It’s part of a strategy to pivot into dialogue-platforms like Twitter”.

Twitter’s UK MD, Dara Nasr said “Every year we see emojis used billions of times on Twitter and this is such a fantastic and unique way for the Royal Opera House to both reach a new audience and also celebrate World Emoji Day”

The public are encouraged to follow the Royal Opera House on Twitter on World Emoji Day and take part here: twitter.com/RoyalOperaHouse


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Dan and I had a great time at our local park, hearing three singers from Opera San José. Bravi tutti to Katharine Gunnink, Mason Gates and Colin Ramsey, and the wonderful pianist Veronika Agranov-Dafoe. Veronika’s daughter Miranda did the page turning … something I’ve vowed NEVER to do after having done it once. It’s too stressful! I’d rather play an oboe solo.

Here are a few photos. I wound up with a pole right in my way, but so it goes ….

Eriks Esenvalds: Trinity Te Deum
UNT A Cappella Choir; Allen Hightower, Conductor; Robert Garrison,Amanda Bateman, Harold Sedano, trumpets; Daniel Chevallier, Carlito Chavez, Ross Shone, trombones; Leanna Johnson, harp; Michael Crawford, timpani

Today is going to be one hot day here in San Jose. I suggest heading out to Bramhall Park (Willow Street Park to us oldsters) to enjoy some opera later on today. I’m hopeful that it will be cooling off by then.

Sunday, July 16, 2017: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Pack a picnic basket and some lawn chairs! OSJ residents and guest artists will present a free concert featuring highlights from the upcoming 2017-18 season at Willow Glen’s Bramhall Park, located at 1320 Willow Street in San Jose.

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: Mass in Eb, Cantus Missae
UNT A Cappella Choir; Richard Sparks, Conductor

Daniel Hughes: Irish Blessing
The King’s Singers, The Choral Project and the San José State University Choraliers

(The opening with The King’s Singers seems to be something else, having looked at the score to Hughes’ work, but I don’t know what it is: perhaps it’s an intro he wrote to go with his Irish Blessing, but I’ve no clue.)

Really … this is gorgeous!

Josquin Desprez: Nymphes des bois
Cappella Pratensis

From Wikipedia:”Nymphes des bois, also known as La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem, is a lament composed by Josquin des Prez on the occasion of the death of his predecessor Johannes Ockeghem in February 1497. The piece, based on a poem by Jean Molinet and including the funeral text Requiem Aeternam as a cantus firmus, is in five voices. In the first of its two parts Josquin cleverly mimics the contrapuntal style of Ockeghem. This chanson is one of Josquin’s best-known works, and often considered one of the most haunting and moving memorial works ever penned.”

English translation

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Wood-nymphs, goddesses of the fountains,
Skilled singers of every nation,
Turn your voices, so clear and lofty,
To piercing cries and lamentation
Because Atropos*, terrible satrap,
Has caught your Ockeghem in her trap,
The true treasurer of music and master,
Learned, handsome and by no means stout.
It is a source of great sorrow that the earth must cover him.

Put on the clothes of mourning,
Josquin, Pierre de la Rue, Brumel, Compère,
And weep great tears from your eyes,
For you have lost your good father.
May they rest in peace.

Thoreau was born July 12, 1817. I didn’t know anything about his flute until tonight’s Jeopardy mentioned the Louisa May Alcott poem.

We sighing said, “Our Pan is dead;
His pipe hangs mute beside the river
Around it wistful sunbeams quiver,
But Music’s airy voice is fled.
Spring mourns as for untimely frost;
The bluebird chants a requiem;
The willow-blossom waits for him;
The Genius of the wood is lost.”

Then from the flute, untouched by hands,
There came a low, harmonious breath:
“For such as he there is no death;
His life the eternal life commands;
Above man’s aims his nature rose.
The wisdom of a just content
Made one small spot a continent
And turned to poetry life’s prose.

“Haunting the hills, the stream, the wild,
Swallow and aster, lake and pine,
To him grew human or divine,
Fit mates for this large-hearted child.
Such homage Nature ne’er forgets,
And yearly on the coverlid
‘Neath which her darling lieth hid
Will write his name in violets.

“To him no vain regrets belong
Whose soul, that finer instrument,
Gave to the world no poor lament,
But wood-notes ever sweet and strong.
O lonely friend! he still will be
A potent presence, though unseen,
Steadfast, sagacious, and serene;
Seek not for him — he is with thee.”

Louisa May Alcott

Opera San José announces that it is launching a new corporate concert series called Arias in the Office. This is a fun and easy concert experience tailored to the active, creative companies in Silicon Valley. These concerts will feature professional singers from Opera San José’s resident company who will perform operatic arias and ensembles to engage, inspire, and introduce the art form to Silicon Valley employees.

Opera San José will provide singers and an accompanist, for 40-minute concerts designed to pop-up on any corporate campus location. These sponsored concerts are provided at no cost to the company and require little set-up time. Opera San José will also provide the company with preview materials that can be disseminated to staff announcing the concert along with information about Opera San José.

Arias in the Office officially kicks off on August 1st with a concert at Adobe, followed by a concert at Oracle on August 2 and another at Nvidia on August 3. Opera San José will also take Arias in the Office to Cisco, Applied Materials, SmartMod, and other Silicon Valley companies in September.

“I am very excited about the Arias in the Office program,” said Development Director Aaron Nicholson. “Breaking down the imagined barrier between opera and the community is crucial, and taking opera into to the

workplaces of those who make up the heart of industry here can only help engage audiences and foster an appreciation for the art form to which we are so dedicated at Opera San Jose. I believe that opera and creative expression are core to our quality of life and bringing them to the workplace is a natural result of that belief.”