Sunday, March 18, 2018

More Music

We drove to Newark again today for another terrific concert.  This one was Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.  I love the chamber orchestra, with fewer strings that allows the woodwinds to stand out.  They played

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
  • Edgar Meyer - Overture for Violin and Orchestra
  • Henryk Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2 - I couldn't have told you I knew this composer but the piece was familiar
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Wonderful Day of Music

We went to two concerts today.  This afternoon we drove to NJPAC in Newark to hear the NJSO and Montclair State University Singers.

  • Mozart - "Ave verum corpus"
  • Rheinberger - "Abendlied" for a cappella chorus
  • Ben Parry - "Flame" for a appella chorus, a very moving piece.
  • Mozart - "Requiem"
Then this evening we drove to Princeton to hear Tenebrae.  They sang

  • Owain Park's "Footsteps", sung along with ensembles from the Princeton University Glee Club and Morse Chorale
  • Joby Talbot's "Path of Miracles"- a truly wonderful piece where they made excellent use of the acoustics in Princeton's chapel.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Another NJSO Concert

This time in State Theater in New Brunswick.

  • Tchaikovsky - Selections from "The Sleeping Beauty"
  • Danielpour - "Carnival of the Ancients" with pianist Sara Daneshpour
  • Haydn - "Sinfonia concertante" in B-flat Major
  • Tchaikovsky - "Francesca da Rimini"

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rootstech 2018

You can possibly tell from the above that I am in Salt Lake City.  You can just see the gold statue of Angel Moroni on top of the temple in Temple Square.  I took the picture while rushing to the light rail train to take me back to my hotel from the Salt Palace Convention Center where I am attending Rootstech.  Today's sessions were very informative so I'm glad I came, despite the crowds.  I stood in line for 2 hours to check in yesterday, the day before the conference.  Apparently wait times were shorter today.  There are over 30,000 people registered for the conference.  I was lucky that I managed to get into all the sessions I wanted to.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

NJSO Concert

We just went to another wonderful New Jersey Symphony Orchestra concert in Newark.

  • Wagner - Prelude to Die Meistersinger
  • Mahler - Songs of a Wayfarer with an amazing mezzo-soprano, Marianne Beate Kielland
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 1

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chamber Music Concert

We heard the Brentano String Quartet, plus pianist Jonathan Boss, at Princeton last evening.  The program was

  • Mozart String Quartet No. 19
  • An interesting mixture of Webern 6 Bagatellen for String Quartet and Schubert Minuets
  • Elgar Quintet in A Minor for Piano and String Quartet

Sunday, February 11, 2018


We went to a fun concert last evening at McCarter Theatre in Princeton.  It was given by the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia.  They consist of 20 accordions of at least 3 different types, percussion, a couple of electric guitars, a soloist playing the electric violin, which I had never seen before, and an eclectic mix of music.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Trip to NYC

We had an interesting trip to NYC yesterday.  We have signed up for a Life Long Learning course called "Technological Change and Society" run by Swarthmore College.  The course will meet weekly for two months and is held in New York City in the area I now know is the northern portion of Chelsea.  The building is one of many new ones in the area between Penn Station and the Hudson River.  The view is quite spectacular from the 27th floor.

We took an earlier train than necessary because we weren't sure where we were going and were concerned about train delays, which are becoming all too frequent.  The building we were meeting in is on the High Line, so we used our extra time walking along it and enjoying the views.  We even got to see the sunset across the river before heading back for class.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Play at McCarter

I went to McCarter Theatre in Princeton to see the play "Stones in His Pockets" last evening.  It was good but not what I had expected.  Two amazing actors played a total of about a dozen roles.  But it was not a comedy as I had thought.  Still, it was a nice night out.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Yamato Drummers

We saw a great show in Princeton's McCarter Theatre last evening.  The Yamato Drummers of Japan was a very entertaining group.  They have a contemporary twist on traditional taiko drumming.  They include female drummers and sprinkled in some comedy that was really fun.  And the drumming was fantastic.