Sunday, July 27, 2014

lessons from Section 18

What you learn from the rear-shed jumbotrons at Tanglewood during the Mahler 2nd:

 1) Choristers' friends and family sit back there so they can shoot phone pix of their peeps on-screen during their close-ups.

 2) The BSO violins really like playing that pizzicato section of the Ländler, and you can see them collectively dreaming about forming a ukulele orchestra.

 3) The audience is every bit as fidgety during the slow bits with the action in their face as when our sad lack of multi-media technology left us solely at the mercy of our ears.

And yes, dude sitting next to me, yes! the horns of Judgement are blowing in the distance! now is the time to crack your knuckles!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

unconfirmed report

I had to bail on the curtain calls of today's Proms Rosenkavalier broadcast, so I asked the Special Envoy, who was listening on the far coast, about audience reaction:

"The announcer did state that the stage was covered in a thick layer of underthings, and that the audience were in various states of undress."

This may or may not be true.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday posting from the Ministry of Noise

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

noyse alert

Almost missed this, but Hesperion XXI's peri-mediterranean program Kalenda Maya, recorded live at this year's York Early Music Festival, is archived on iPlayer for a couple more days.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nadine Gordimer 1923 - 2014

It was fun reading July's People in a Postcolonial Lit class with a professor who didn't believe there was any value in talking about politics in literature. Good times! Read the obituaries everywhere.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

another smoking gun


From Daniel Deronda, one of those rare but crucial Schiller references that make geek life worth living:

"...But you know her, Mirah -- you can always say something descriptive. What do you think of Mrs. Grandcourt?"
     "I think she is like the Princess of Eboli in Don Carlos," said Mirah, with a quick intensity. She was pursuing an association in her own mind not intelligible to her hearers -- an association with a certain actress as well as the part she represented.
     "Your comparison is a riddle for me, my dear," said Mrs. Meyrick, smiling.


Yeah, that pretty much sums up every conversation I ever had with a VicLit professor.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catone Approximately Thirty Miles Southeast of Utica (As the Crow Flies)

Wasting no time whatsoever, Glimmerglass has announced its 2015 (and 40th anniversary) program here. Psyched for the return of baroque opera, the return of Eric Owens, the return of Melody Moore, and the return of John Conklin. Also psyched for the opportunity to hear more from Jacqueline Echols, and reasonably enthused for the idea of getting The Magic Flute lost in the woods.