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Shostakovich: The Nose

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Tweet Below is a complete performance of Shostakovich’s first opera The Nose. I have previously written about he opera – here. As I mentioned in that earlier post the opera needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. This 1979 staging has English subtitles. The 21 year old composer’s exuberance explodes off of the stage. The…


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Lubbock Symphony orchestra Video

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Tweet Below is a 5 minute video outlining the activities of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.  


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Michael Fabiano – 2104 Richard Tucker Award Winner

Tweet Michael Fabiano received the 2014 Richard Tucker Award a few months ago. The 30 year old tenor has already sung at many of the world’s major opera houses. The great American tenor after whom the award is named had never performed in any opera house when he was 30. The Richard Tucker awardee sings in a gala…


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Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:4-11

Tweet The text of this section is below in italics. There shall be no needy among you, since the Lord your God will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you as a hereditary portion. If only you heed the Lord your God and take care to keep all this…


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Commentary on Numbers 32:1-25

Tweet Only the Dead have seen the end of war – George Santayana Si vis pacem, para bellum – Vegetius Numbers contains some pretty unsavory stuff, which I’ll skip. I’ll concentrate on chapter 32. This is the section where the Reubenites and Gadites come to Moses and Eleazar the priest to tell them that the east…


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Metropolis Elektro at the LHUCA

Tweet Fritz Lang’s silent movie epic with an original soundtrack was performed live to two sold out audiences on March 22 and 23 at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. The music was written by Scott & Amy Faris. The film was the opening work of the 2013 Flatland Film Festival. Metropolis is a landmark in the…


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Placido Domingo’s Birthday

Tweet This is a repeat of last year’s observance of Placido Domingo’s birthday To mark the 72nd anniversary of Placido Domingo’s birth (January 21, 1941), here are eleven photographs of the great artist taken by Robert Cahen. There is little to say about Domingo’s career that isn’t self evident. He’s had more roles than Parker House. He’s…


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Giuseppe Di Stefano – Candid Photos

Tweet The photos of Pippo were provided to me by Robert Cahen. The one, just below, with the late tenor and his cigarette holder is priceless. Note the gloves.


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On Climate

Tweet July of this year was the hottest July in US history. This  heat, as usual, was attributed by some to man-made global warming. Interestingly, this July was substantially cooler than last July in Lubbock where I live. Go here for all the data. What does this prove? Nothing other than selectively choosing data can give you almost any…


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Site Back Up

Tweet The site was unavailable for about 42 hours. I’m working hard to prevent a recurrence of this glitch. This cause of the outage is still not known to me, but I will get to the bottom it. New material will shortly be posted.


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