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Swift-enstein or Franken-Swift?

Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to enjoy several theatrically oriented Chicago events in between my own performance and teaching obligations. Included among these are: Bravo Broadway (Grant Park Music Festival) Clouds in My Coffee (Ravinia Festival) South Shore Dance Company (Auditorium Theater), To Kill a…

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

In 1966, or 1970--depending upon which release date you choose--music lovers of a certain age will remember a tuneful little song with a simple message. That message being: “Just enjoy the moment”.  (In this particular case, the ‘morning time’ specifically…but we can broaden that inspiration to encompass the entire day…

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New York (Up) State-of-Mind

I'm busy putting the finishing touches on Das Wunder der Heliane (Korngold) which will have its U.S. Premiere in August at the Bard Music Festival ('SummerScape') under the baton of Maestro Leon Botstein. The cast will star several colleagues/friends of mine, including Daniel Brenna (my favorite Siegfried), Nathan Berg (one…

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The San Francisco Treat

June 28, 2018 San Francisco was officially incorporated in 1850, well after it’s founding by Spanish colonists in 1776, and only shortly after the population explosion that erupted at the time of the Gold Rush in 1848. While becoming a city-county a few years thereafter in 1856, those “Miners, 49’rs”…

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"The Cunning Little Opener"

September 26, 2017 As reported in by Mike Telin: The Cleveland Orchestra begins its landmark 100th season this week with a revival of Yuval Sharon’s critically acclaimed, made-for-Cleveland production of Leoš Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen. Franz Welser-Möst leads the Orchestra and a cast that will include Martina…

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Let Us Return To…

"Common Sense", "Civil Discourse", "Intelligent Conversation", "Patience", "Gentle Demeanor", "Truth", "Love" and "Dignity".  The highest form of "Wisdom" is "Kindness", and the greatest positive energy signature is "Gratitude". Do allow yourself to be "Kind", and do let us be "Grateful". August 16, 2017 djc  

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