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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra released its 2008-09 season yesterday. I'm sure the local paper will publish all the dates and details.
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Life is so random.
Poet E. E. Cummings goes to Harvard. Makes friends with guy from Rochester, New York. Cummings paints a whole bunch of paintings and gives them to friend.
Cummings dies. Friend dies. 70+ drawings and paintings wind up at local college in 1978. Nobody knows what to do with them. They sit around in a closet (about half a mile from my house) for about 30 years.
For the past two weeks, I've been visiting family in England.
What are folks there talking about over the dinner table? Here is an unscientific sample summarizing our evening conversations:
Check out this picture of North Korea taken by satellite at night. It says a lot about the country’s insular, repressive regime. This morning I got the chance to interview clarinetist Robert Dilutis of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s traveling as a sub with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
I was asked to comment on access to our candidates specifically to their websites. For several weeks I have been browsing their websites. My specific area of interest lies with Captions as I am Deaf.
In general the websites are interesting and sometimes I wish there was more. For example and this applies to all of them thus far, There is a button to change to Espanol and none to add Captions. It is easy to add a button that would be more accessible rather than searching for it. I have not easily been able to find Video with Captions on any of the websites. I have received Links to those that are captioned and they are at their websites.
I will be reviewing one candidate at a time and commenting on their own websites and links.
I recently received a letter from my cousin's daughter, Kyla. Kyla's letter was on purple lined paper, written in her best cursive (which is way better than most adults that I know), and was dotted with glittery stickers, hearts and other various designs that are the passion of third grade girls. At the bottom of the note, amidst the decorations was a post script: Save the Whales.
Tonight: Occasional snow, heavy at times. Low around 18. Feed the birds.
Wednesday: Occasional snow, mainly before 9am. Bela Fleck's Blue Spruce at 6:15 a.m. Sunny Mozart at 7:05. Frosty the Snowman in the style of Mozart at 8:55 a.m. Really. Temperature falling to around 14 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -2. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Stream it or tune into Classical 91.5 and see for yourself.
For decades, classical DJ Simon Pontin worked in a radio studio with no window. He complained about it. On the air. So the last time WXXI’s radio studios were renovated, he got his window. It looks out onto the parking lot of the Kodak world headquarters.
It’s my privilege to fill in for Simon this week. My alarm goes off at 4:00 a.m. I love feeling ahead of the world, cozy in the dark with very little traffic and the office all to myself.
Word on the street is that Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra clarinetist Robert DiLutis is in North Korea with the New York Philharmonic. He was tapped to sub for someone who couldn’t go.
On Tuesday, the orchestra will play in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. This is the first visit by an American cultural group to that country since President Bush lumped it into the “axis of evil.” According to the State Department, President Bush is encouraging the visit.