Posted 13 August 2001 - 06:59 PM
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Posted 14 August 2001 - 11:01 AM
I like to think that my other past times include reading and listening to (classical) music, but for the past ten years, everything I've read or heard has been ballet related -- not really by choice, but because I have so little time, and I need to keep my attention focused on what I'm working on.
Posted 14 August 2001 - 12:31 PM
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Posted 15 August 2001 - 12:08 AM
Posted 15 August 2001 - 01:11 AM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls. I watch plenty of other shows (I'm a TV junkie), but those are top-notch.
Film-- summer is not the time for great film. It's popcorn movie time (my fave movie of the summer being Legally Blonde-- haven't seen Shrek). Again, here, too, TV has good movies-- HBO and SHO, that is, e.g., a recent movie (I forget the name) with Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands, I believe.
Also, books. I highly recommend (though it's not new) A Short History of a Prince by Jane Hamilton. It's not without plenty of ballet mentions.
Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:39 AM
choral repertoire except Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, which I managed to miss. I am very interested in the music of Benjamin Britten, and also anything by Bach. I really loved singing in different languages - Russian, Czech and Hebrew among them in addition to the standard English, German and Latin.
I'm also very keen on poetry, both reading it and writing it, though I have never been satisfied with anything I've written. I would love to be more creative - especially I'd love to be paint, draw and design for the theatre, for which I have no talent whatsoever, but I enjoy looking at the work of people who can do it.
Posted 15 August 2001 - 04:56 PM
Tonight is the beginning of the third week of the Philly Orch. It is a perfect summer night and we'll be leaving soon to sit on the SPAC lawn, have a bottle of wine, and listen to Tchaikovsky. Friday night is Joshua Bell playing Brahms.
Tomorrow night we're going to Washington Park in Albany for a performance of "Oklahoma". Next week we'll be in NY. What a summer!
Posted 15 August 2001 - 05:50 PM
As for film, I recently rented the Three Colours trilogy ( Blue, White, Red) and they are all very good. A bit slow paced for some, but excellent detail. I really liked "Crouching Tiger.." too. Of the other Oscar nominees for foreign language film I saw "Malena" ( I found it boring) and "Amores Perros" which was incredibly real and honest- there's a lot of violence but it's not used in the same way as say Mission Impossible. You feel for each character. For Canadian film, this year "Maelstrom" won a lot of awards, but it was a dissapointment for me. The comedy "waydowntown" was hillarious though I haven't been to the movies this summer, except for when I was dragged to "Planet of the Apes"- don't get me started... All the movies right now are those summer blockbusters, and too many sequels and remakes to count. I'd rather go to the video rental and catch up on movies I missed earlier.
I'm also starting an interest in flamenco dance and music. I took a few classes. It's great, the guitarist follows the dancer, she controls the tempo,when it finishes, etc. If only in ballet it were so easy...
Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:19 PM
Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:56 PM
Posted 15 August 2001 - 07:05 PM
I saw "Moulin Rouge" six times this summer and would like to see it six more. The first two acts--essentially from the first time "the Sound of Music" is heard in the garrett until the end of the scene in the Elephant with everyone convincing the Baron to fund "Spectacular Spectacular" is as thrilling as anything I have ever seen on the screen.
It also is the only movie I can imagine that used the vocal gifts of Kylie Minogue and Placido Domingo in close proximity.
I taped and watched two hours per day of the Tour de France bicycle race every day during the last three weeks of July.
My wife is much more creative. She is a skilled water colorist and draw beautifully.
Like Alexandra I enjoyed the Cuban Missile Crisis movie (Thirteen Days) and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which we saw a few times. CTHD is a hyper-romantic movie that hits all the right notes.
Currently reading David Cairns biography of Berlioz and John Dryden's prefaces.
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