A Masked Ball

My first official concert of 2013, and my first performance with New York Opera Exchange (NYOE). Entitles ‘The Masked Ball’, it was an enjoyable evening of excerpts of French opera. Taken from four operas (Faust (1869) by Charles Gounod, Tales of Hoffman (1881) by Jacques Offenbach, Manon (1884) by Jules Massenet, and Romeo and Juliet…

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The ‘Which Downton Abbey Job is Right For You’ Test

Lady Edith Crawley Job-hopper, Edith’s numerous jobs are right for you. You like helping out and the feeling of self-worth derived from good work, and you are excellent (and impeccably dressed), whatever your responsibilities. But whether it’s impulsive behavior, romantic inclinations, or global circumstances beyond your control, something always spurs you to move on. Try…

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A Winter Weekend in Woodstock

What a wonderful weekend spent with my contradance community in Woodstock, Connecticut. This was the 2nd Winter Weekend Retreat of the Lavender Country Folk Dancers (LCFD). Three nights and three days of smoozing, dancing, game-playing, eating, relaxing, and bonding. About thirty men and women descended upon the Senexet House, a retreat center that started out…

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Hello, Dropbox!

So after some major data storage disasters (5 in the last two years!), I have decided to go the route of cloud-storage. I should have changed my ways when the first flash drive failed in Oct 2010. But no, I bought a new one (exact same brand) and it worked pretty well until I lost…

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A Night of Romance

My second performance of the 2012-2013 season with the Queer Urban Orchestra. It’s also probably my last of the year. At this chamber music concert, I chose to perform only with the brass ensemble. We played that old Leroy Anderson chestnut “A Christmas Festival”. This concert was  much easier for me since I only had…

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A Night at the Ballet

My first performance of 2012-2013 with the Queer Urban Orchestra, on trombone. This was the first concert with officially appointed music director Nolan Dresden. The program consisted of the following: Lully : Ballet des Muses Stravinsky : Circus-Polka Copland : Scenes from Rodeo (Saturday Night Waltz, Corral Nocturne, Hoe-down) Bedford : Persephone, 1930 Debussy :…

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