Monday, January 14, 2013

Oh Please Don't Miss This Production Available Through Wednesday 1/16 -- posted by Mom



This performance was gorgeous in so many ways: the fabulous music of Strauss and his contemporaries, the massive floral displays in the gilded Musikverein, the costumes, the clothing, and the fantastic Vienna State Ballet. It was spectacular.  Even the little boys were mesmerized, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic -- posted by Mom


Kids,

Laura Wood, at The Thinking Housewife (one of my weekly Internet haunts), has an entry reminding us that the PBS broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Day concert can be seen online until January 16.  Please read her current entry, plus a previous post on the Vienna Philharmonic resisting feminization and multiculturalism.

You have until January 16 to watch this performance from the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, conducted  by Franz Welser-Möst.  The broadcast is hosted by Julie Andrews.  The Young Guns are amazed at the timing of all this as our current read-aloud is The Story of The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Trapp.  We first started reading it when we began riding bicycles together, put it down inexplicably, and then didn't pick it up again until just prior to discovering this performance which, brace yourself, coincided with the chapter of Maria enjoying the theatre and opera in VIENNA.  If that don't beat all.

From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Opera vs Musical -- posted by Mom

The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2002/feb/09/classicalmusicandopera.artsfeatures

NYT:  http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/theater/musical-or-opera-the-fine-line-that-divides-them.html

Even after reading both these articles, I still couldn't tell you, really... maybe to say operas are music driven and musicals rely on the text, but that's not altogether accurate either. 

Your father picked up The Teaching Company's How to Listen to and Understand Opera with Professor Robert Greenberg, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He's the same guy from our classical music lectures we listened to years ago with The Big Four.  Sarah Grace and I will be watching these lectures with the Young Guns during the week, and the course will be in the den if you older gents are interested.

Sarah recommends the book she's reading called Opera 101.  Daddy picked up several other books on opera along with four operas on DVD.  Let me know if you want to watch any of them with us and we'll plan on watching them around your work schedule.  He's on the waiting list for HMS Pinafore, by the way.

Also, James and Spencer are at the new Les Mis right now.  I can't wait to hear what they think about the les miserables singer debate, especially after seeing it live at the Koger Center.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/01/04/in-defense-of-les-miserables/


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WWII Maneuvers -- posted by Mom



Since our camcorder died ages ago, we decided to purchase one for a family gift this year.  This is their first screen test.

Brett and Will at the Outback Bowl -- posted by Mom


And all I got was this lousy phone pic.