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September? You can have it

Sit down. Please don’t be mad, okay? But… I’m taking September off.

Yes, all of it. AB is almost four years old and in that time the longest vacation I’ve taken has been two weeks. In 2010. So – it’s time to refresh! Recover! Re-evaluate! Rejuvenate! Renew! Other words that begin with re-!

The concert season is only just beginning; make sure you check out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and Strathmore websites to keep abreast of the latest concerts and events.

If you’re feeling bereft without me (and who wouldn’t?) you’ve got almost four years of archives to investigate!

Or you could listen to this playlist over and over. It’s practically the same as hanging out with me.

Me me me me (Carmen)

Um… hi. So… sorry about the whole going AWOL without notice thing last week. I was at a conference and had planned to throw you music jokes all week, but the work laptop I was given was so wildly ancient and ponderous to work with I just said the hell with it and went back to sulking about the San Francisco weather. Which is cold. If you didn’t know. Thanks to Matthew Hodge for rescuing me from what might have otherwise been a very lonely existence at the Wordfly party!

Anyway. Right. Apologies. Here’s a video to make it up to you. I think you’ll find it sufficient.

Oil can! Oil can!

Got some interesting news in my email the other day:

Dust off your instruments, start practicing and mark Tuesday, September 20 on your calendars! Music Director Marin Alsop and the musicians of the BSO invite you to perform with the BSO on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

This once in a lifetime opportunity, led by Maestra Alsop, will feature the following repertoire:

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
Bizet: Selections from Carmen Suite No. 2: Habanera and Danse bohème

Check out this YouTube clip of our very first “Rusty Musicians” event!

Deadline has been extended to Friday, September 2. Space is limited and very few remain for winds and brass.

Click here to sign up now!

This program has proven super popular in the past — I still sometimes get hits to former posts on the subject — so if you’re on the fence, I say hop it. You’ll have fun. Personally, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet is the one piece of his that I could stand never to hear again, but most people like it, and Carmen is always welcome here.

Oh, and I have good news and bad news. Bad news first: you still have to be 25 or older to participate. Good news: general admission to the concert is free this year! It’s $50 to register, though; if you make it, let me know! There’ll be an interview in the offing if you’re willing.

Somebody up there loves me

The new BSO season came out on March 1. Well send me to Austria and call me Maria von Trapp, because I must have done something good to deserve this — there are a full thirteen concerts I want to attend, AFTER removing a few because the list was getting out of hand. And just WAIT until you see how the season ends!

My ticket wishlist:

And finally, the piece of resistance, the season closer,

  • TCHAIKOVSKY’S VIOLIN CONCERTO – WITH NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG AND THEN STRAVINSKY’S RITE OF SPRING!!!!! EEEEEE!!!!111!!!!111! I will be planning my entire life around this, believe.

Uh, yeah. Someone loves me.

Updated to add: This week’s BSO concert is “Music of the Emerald Isle.” Couldn’t really stretch that into a full post; I don’t know much about Celtic music. But go see it and report back.

Up we go

I watched Up last night, and was struck once again by the brilliance of a movie scene paired with classical music. So I dug it up, and was delighted to discover at the top of the video’s comments the following message:

(WDanai) Great filmmaking to seamlessly incorporate such a phenomenal piece of music. With Habanera’s motif starting in a minor key (after the sadness of Ellie’s passing) and progressing into a major optimistic tone, I think that shows the strength of Carl to carry on, stubbornly. This transition is so important for the film.

My work here is done, and I hardly even had to do any work.

The south of France! His satin pants!

Good morning! Oh, don’t yawn at me like that. I have just the Monday video to perk you up.

Using classical music as a soundtrack to cartoons is a long and storied tradition, opera parodies doubly so. While it was far more prevalent in old shorts like Bugs Bunny or Disney bits, the tradition is not entirely dead today. There a few examples, but today I’d like to highlight a particular magical moment that my brother and I enjoyed so much in our Nickelodeon days. It’s from the Hey, Arnold! segment “What’s Opera, Arnold?” and I think you’ll agree that Bizet and Wagner together never made more sense.