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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 ClevelandClassical.com 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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Tonya Rising

April 18, 2017 On Christmas Day in 1959, a Twilight Zone episode entitled “What You Need” appeared for the very first time on television. The episode focused upon a kind, but mysterious, elder gentleman who peddled odd items from his suitcase in traveling salesman fashion in an unnamed large city. …

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Up In the Air

February 1, 2017 For my colleagues who travel a great deal for a living, and for the many young hopefuls who desire an international career in the arts; this post is worth scanning: 2017 surely started off with a bang with the continuation of a multi-year performance/recording project with the…

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Is Trump a modern day 'Loge'??

October 12, 2016 Politics can surely be as entertaining as it is enraging, and 2016 has proven to be an exceptional year for both. But putting basic politics aside; I believe I have stumbled on a great example of 'Life Imitating Art' for the modern era.  When Richard Wagner wrote…

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Twenty years? Really??

September 6, 2016 Many years ago I recall reading an article about the legendary Baritone Sherrill Milnes when he noted that his time with Boris Goldovsky's Opera Theater was when things really started happening...but he had by then already been thoroughly participating in the operatic art form.  As I think…

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Countdown Ring

April 1, 2016 With an historic 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' just one month from opening at the prestigious Washington National Opera, I am both tired and excited. Rehearsals have been intense, compressed, and thrilling. Immediately post 'Ring' performances here in our nation's Capital; I will head to Boston with two…

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From Vann to Wagner

February 19, 2016 With the 9th anniversary of the Vann Vocal Institute in Montgomery AL now storied history; I look ahead to the stunning Washington National Opera production of Francesca Zambello's 'American' Ring Cycle.  To move from "Vann to Wagner" in one fell-swoop may be a bit jarring but, with…

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