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Monday, November 24, 2008

A few random things...

As follow-up to the last posting on Buster Keaton, I attended the show last Thursday, and quite enjoyed it! As a film, The General is rather entertaining, and it's quite interesting to me to trace the roots of physical comedy through vaudeville, to silent film, to what we know today. Certainly performances from Steve Martin (or even Adam Sandler) are an homage to these earlier times. Of course, the movie also predates blue/green screens and digital effects, so there's something wondrous about the stunts and special effects on screen achieved through camera tricks and altering your perceptions of what you're seeing, rather than through computer modeling.

As you may know, we post program notes for upcoming concerts on our website, and they are formatted like a blog, in that you can post comments on the articles.  I was amused last week to read a particular comment:

this site sux!!

Nothing like classical music heckling.

In other orchestral news, Pinchas Zukerman has been named the principal guest conductor at the Royal Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has been named the world's best by classical music magazine Gramophone - the top twenty are listed here.


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