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Sunday, April 25, 2010

IT'S NOT EASY TO LIVE A LIFE AND BLOG AT THE SAME TIME


Playing Catch Up...

Rafa defeated Fernando Verdasco
Monte Carlo 2010 Final

April 18
6-0, 6-1
This was Rafa's 6th straight Championship win in Monte Carlo, a record.

Rafael Nadal (Spain) beats fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco (Spain) in straight sets, 6/0, 6/1in the final. Prince Albert de Monaco gave the trophies to the finalists. Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2010, an ATP Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament, held on the clay courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Photo by PacificCoastNews.com



Rafael Nadal answers questions from the media after announcing his decision to withdraw from the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2010 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 20, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe

Fernando Verdasco defeated Soderling
in the Final in Barcelona
April 25, 2010

Tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain attends the funeral of former president of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch at the Barcelona Cathedral on April 22, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Robert Marquardt/Getty Images Europe


Rome Masters Clay Tournament
Rafa has a bye in Round 1
He is seeded third
And he is in Federer's half
Round 2 Rafa will play Pablo Cuevas or Philipp Kohlschreiber

Website of the tournament:
www.internazionalibnlditalia.it

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NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE CHOIR ~ In honor of Paul Warren Allen, who was the head of the North Central College Music Department and Conductor of the North Central College Choir recorded here in 1968. Three years later the college eliminated the music department.
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Another song
from this album is at

A blog post
with the choir roster and more

I talked to Professor Paul Warren Allen's daughter in January 2010. If anyone wants to talk to me privately about Professor Allen or the NCC choir, go to my youtube channel page and on the left, click on "Send Message".

He is 96 years old.

I took the picture of the Native American painting in an underground space in Arizona.

At the end of this video is a movie clip taken by my dad and I forgot to credit him on the rolling credits. His name: Mark Hammel. The clip is of the choir boarding the bus after eating at my parents' house while touring the northeast of the United States. That is me running to the bus.

"The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee" composed by Jean Berger

From University of Colorado at Boulder:
"Guide to the Jean Berger Collection"

Jean Berger, composer and conductor, was born in Hamm, Germany, September 27, 1909. The son of Orthodox Jews, he grew up in Alsace-Lorraine and attended the universities of Heidelberg and Vienna. He studied musicology with Egon Wellesz and Heinrich Bessler, and received his PhD in musicology in 1931 from Heidelberg.

After serving briefly as assistant conductor at the Darmstadt Opera (1932-1933), he was forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1933. He moved to Paris, France, and studied composition and orchestration with Louis Aubert and Pierre Capdevielle. He also conducted Les Compagnons de la Marjolaine, a mixed choir, while in Paris. In 1937, his choral work Le sang des autres won first prize at an international competition in Zurich.

For several years Berger toured Europe and the near East as pianist and concert accompanist. In Brazil, he was assistant conductor and coach at the Teatro Municipal and also taught for two years at the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1941, he moved to the United States and became a citizen in 1943. During the war he served with the U.S. Army and produced foreign language broadcasts for the Office of War Information. In addition, he toured with the USO Camp Shows in all theatres of war. Subsequently, he spent two years as arranger, accompanist, and coach with the CBS and NBC networks.

He served on the faculty of Middlebury College in Vermont beginning in 1948 and then moved to the University of Illinois as assistant professor of music from 1959-1961. From 1961-1968, he joined the music faculty at the University of Colorado. In 1964 he founded the John Sheppard Music Press in Boulder, and later Denver, Colorado. As a musicologist, he has edited several 17th century works and has written on the Italian composer, Giacomo Perti.

Bergers compositions have been extensively performed by leading choral and orchestral organizations in Europe and the United States. His choral works constitute the bulk of his compositions, where he avoids an academic style, preferring a pragmatic blend of Franco-German folk music, South American melody and rhythm, and polyphonic modality. Brazilian Psalm (1941) has entered the standard American choral repertory, and it remains Bergers most popular composition.

Jean Berger died May 28, 2002, in Denver, Colorado.

Source: Jean Berger Composer


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The Fantasticks

Our local theatre company - Portsmouth Community Theatre just completed a successful run of The Fantasticks. I ran the spotlight, which was a lot of fun.

What I liked about our production, was that most of the acting was not over done.

And the songs keep running through my head.


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Last night, I attended a concert by Susan Werner at Common Fence Music

A little gem here in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

I had never heard Susan Werner before. I bought two of her CDs last night after the concert. Above is one of her songs, May I Suggest. She is now from Chicago, but grew up in Iowa.

Susan likes Red Molly's version of her song, May I Suggest:
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Susan talks about being an evangelical agnostic
The Gospel Truth

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DVD on Sale Now:

The Imaginarium Doctor Parnassus with Heath Ledger


It is clear now, Sony Classics Pictures bought the USA rights to this final movie with Heath Ledger for one reason. Sony didn't advertise the movie, when it was released in the theatres, but now that the DVD is coming out, I have seen the advertisement on different TV stations. Sony bought it to make money on the DVD. Shame because it should have been seen on the big screen.


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