Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fabulous

The pulchritudinous Monty thinks I'm fabulous and handed me one of these:

The rules are the usual:
Pass
it on to some other fabulous folks.

My Fabulous People
(You're ALL fabulous! But I have to put some names down)

Cara is fabulous in many ways. She has been an inspiration. I love her!

G-Whiz, Karen is fabulous! I love her! Her poetry, photography, sense of humor and friendship has meant the world to me.

My dear friend, Merle. I love her! She is warm, loving and caring with a sense of humor to boot. I enjoy reading her posts very much. She tells us a little about what is going on in her world. Now she has added some pictures to her postings. Then she gives us some words of wisdom, advice, or a moving/touching tidbit. Then she gives us some jokes and finishes off each post with some quotes. The effort she puts in each post is amazing. She covers all of these areas in every post. I adore her.

The talented and gorgeous Naomi. She is awesome! I love her! She lives in the hills and shares her wonderful memory of times past with us. She shares her wonderful garden in pictures and words. She shares her theatrical wisdom with us and lets us in on the scoop. She knows some pretty fancy people and has shared them with us. You are FABULOUS DAHLING!



Finally, (drum roll please!)


One of the most fabulous people I know, Hoss. I lubbs ya babe! You rock! Enjoy you vacation!





Thank you, Monty! And right back atcha, sweetie.


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Monday, October 08, 2007

Itzhak Perlman


“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”
~Santiz



Itzhak Perlman
from Wikipedia

Itzhak Perlman (born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue. He is one of the most distinguished violinists of the late 20th century.


Biography
Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, Palestine, now Israel, where he first became interested in the violin when he heard a classical music performance on the radio. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon afterward he began to tour extensively. In addition to an extensive recording career, he has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting in the 1970s on shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.

Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with the use of crutches. Today, he generally uses crutches for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
In 1987, he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for their concerts in Warsaw and Budapest, as well as other Eastern bloc countries. He toured with the IPO in the spring of 1990 for their first-ever performance in the USSR, with concerts in Moscow and Leningrad, and toured with the IPO again in 1994, performing in China and India.

While primarily a solo artist, Perlman has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including with Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman and Yuri Temirkanov at the 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningrad in December 1990.

As well as playing and recording the classical music for which he is best known, Perlman has also played jazz, including an album made with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and klezmer. Perlman has been a soloist for a number of movie scores, notably the score of the 1993 film Schindler's List by John Williams, which subsequently won an Academy Award for best score. More recently, he was the violin soloist for the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha, along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Perlman played selections from the musical scores of the movies nominated for "Best Original Score" at the 73rd Academy Awards with Yo-Yo Ma, and at the 78th Academy Awards.
Perlman plays on the antique Soil Stradivarius violin of 1714, considered to be one of the finest violins made during Stradivari's "golden period", as well as the Sauret Guarneri del Gesu of c.1743.


In recent years, Perlman has also begun to conduct, taking the post of principal guest conductor at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He served as music advisor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2004.

In 2003, Mr. Perlman was named the holder of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair in Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, succeeding his teacher, Dorothy DeLay.
Perlman played during the entertainment at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2007, in the East Room at the White House.

Itzhak Perlman resides in New York City with his wife, Toby, also a classically trained violinist. They have four children, Noah, Navah, Leora, and Rami. In 1995, the Perlmans founded the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York, offering gifted young string players a summer residential course in chamber music.

Wieniaswky Concerto no2 - Young Itzhak Perlman (1964)



This clip was so cute!
Itzhak Perlman - I Know I Played Every Note (Masterclasses)



Itzhak Perlman - Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo op 23



Perlman in Russia Violin Concerto in D Opus 35



Perlman returns to Cracow



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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sunday October 7, 2007

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.

May the soft winds freshen your spirit.

May the sunshine brighten your heart

May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.

And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

~Irish

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