An open letter to Michael Brockman, and the board and musicians of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Dear SRJO Board and Musicians: My husband and I, who are grateful donors and audience of Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, attended today's pre-concert virtual get-together, and the (supposed to have been) live-streamed concert, and we noticed a few things.  First of all, at the Zoom meeting, when you were discussing the logistics of putting on …

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A little something for all you cat-lovers out there

First of all, a favorite scene from the animated movie The Secret of Kells. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32DM5tNeHBA Next, an interesting explanation, and translation of an Old Irish Poem, about a boy and his cat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9YijEdOIsM Enjoy! The animated movie is captivating, and should be in everyone's home library. Loved by adults and children alike.

Is this the future of classical music performance?

The reaction of governments and their subjects to the Wuhan Coronavirus have been very depressing, in all ways.  Few performing arts groups have been holding performances with any audience, for fear of spreading the deadly (0.13% mortality-rate, similar to seasonal flu) virus.  Entire economies locked down by government edict, small businesses and their owners ruined, …

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What I learned from watching the movie The Bowmakers, by Ward Serrill

This past week, I was invited by the Curtis Institute of Music, one of the world's premier music conservatories, to watch a movie about the people who make bows used by string-instrument players.  Specifically, the movie profiled bow makers who live right in my neck of the woods (the Pacific Northwest), in and around Port …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #112, Pick a Word

For this week, bloggers pick one or more of the following words, to illustrate with their photos.  The words are: Growing, Crowded, Tangled, Exuberant, and Comfortable. I think I can find at least one photo that illustrates each word for the week. Let's start with Comfortable. People who are owned by a cat know that …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #111 Everyday Objects

When I saw the topic for this week's challenge, the first thought I had was "Ooh, this one is going to be fun!".  And I think it will be.  I hope my readers think my choice of said objects is fun. My first two everyday objects are items that are precious to me.  The first …

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What now for the performing arts?

Due to Government Edicts all over the United States and the entire world, performing arts organizations have essentially been prevented from staging their symphony concerts, big-band jazz concerts, chamber music performances, choral concerts, and even rock concerts, due to fears of spreading the Wuhan Coronavirus.  They range from world-class orchestras like the Seattle Symphony, the …

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2019 It was a (mostly) Very Good Year

As 2019 ends, and 2020 approaches, I have to say that it was a pretty fine year for our little family (Me, Hubby, and Kitty).  There were no disasters, no serious illnesses, only a few bumps in the road.  Our Country has been wracked and torn by the disgusting DemocRATS impeaching President Trump, but he …

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Christmas Music, and celebrating Independence

Less than a year ago, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was granted Independence from the main body of Russian Orthodoxy. There is now an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, with its own hierarchy, free of the Russian yoke. Even though I am a Jew, I love Christmas music, and one of my  main favorites has a new …

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A Trip to Hillsdale College, 175 years!

The first week of October, Hubby and I flew to Michigan, to attend the Hillsdale College 175th Anniversary Gala, and the dedication of the new Christ Chapel.  The weather was fine on the flight out, and we got to see Mount Rainier from above. We arrived in Detroit, picked up the rental car, and headed …

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