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July 2008

Verbier Festival Online

July 31, 2008 23:59

The Verbier Festival, an annual, international music festival held in the mountain resort Verbier, Switzerland is ongoing now, and Deutsche Grammophone has put full concert video streams of some of their artists at Verbier online at I’ve been watching and listening to Mischa Maisky in concert, and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. The videos will be online until the end of August. I recommend that you take a break from your work, listen, and enjoy.

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Get Well Soon

July 29, 2008 21:17

That’s my message to me.

I’ve hardly written in my blog at all this summer, in fact, only twice this month. This has not been intentional. I have lots of things in my mind that I’d like to write about. Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with health issues. I’ve been in pain, and I’ve been very tired. I’ve gone to several specialists, each of whom runs tests on me, but nobody seems to understand what’s going on. The whole experience has been a bit scary. This week I started an intensive course of treatment involving exercises and soft tissue manipulations. I will go for treatment three times a week for a month and then taper down for another month. I’m impressed with my doctor. Several of the things he’s done have made me feel better already. I hope I’ll continue to improve. When I get a little more energy, I’ll start writing blogs again. I have a lot to say.

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Twelve Hours of Good Luck

July 23, 2008 18:22

When I checked my email this evening, I saw a new message with the subject “Moonlight Madness! $15 Tickets to Leon Fleisher Plays Mozart.” The message said that for 12 hours, from 6:30 PM, July 23 to 6 AM, July 24, the Baltimore Symphony would sell tickets for all currently unsold seats for $15. I looked at the time, and it was 6:32 PM.

The concert, called “Leon Fleisher Plays Mozart,” is a celebration of Leon Fleisher’s 80th birthday. He is both conductor and pianist for the occasion. The works on the program are Mozart’s Symphony #35 (Haffner), Piano Concerto #12 in A Major, and Symphony #40. The latter is one of my favorite pieces in the whole world and has been since childhood. I’m really looking forward to this concert.

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Fourteenth of July

July 14, 2008 21:20

I meant to post this earlier, but it's still the fourteenth of July in some time zones.

La Marseilliase

Allons, enfants de Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrive;
Contrenous de la tyranne,
L'etendard sanglant est leve,
L'etendard sanglant est leve,
Entendezvous, dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces feroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras,
Egorger nos fils, nos compagnes.
Aux armes, citoyens!
Formez vos bataillons!
Marchons, marchons!
Qu'un sang impur abreuve nos sillons!


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