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Mission Chamber Orchestra Season Finale at Examiner.com

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Mission Chamber Orchestra Presents – Passionate Finale for a Great 15th Season!

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Star Trek Meets Monty Python

For those of you not on my Facebook – I thought this was good for a laugh. Hope you agree.


A Marching band plays Tango – complete with cello and violin.

Tango in a new scenario.


Andrea Bocelli re-do.

Go listen to this again. I am. I am just into lusciousness these days. What can I say?


Composer born on October 12. (Yes, I know – I’m late) Ralph Vaughan Williams

Aw, heck. I missed Ralph’s birthday. It was the 12th. He was/is one of my favorite composers. I wrote about him here last May. He was a violist as well as a composer which explains his luscious viola parts.  See the earlier blog at https://carolyndonnell.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/ralph-vaughan-williams-played-viola/

Here’s a “duet” with two small string orchestras. I don’t know a better example of lush.


Ralph Vaughn Wiliam from Wikipedia:

12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958 was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song which influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, containing many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, in addition to several original compositions.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Revd Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name), was vicar. Following his father’s death in 1875 he was taken by his mother, Margaret Susan née Wedgwood (1843–1937), the great-granddaughter of the potter Josiah Wedgwood, to live with her family at Leith Hill Place, a Wedgwood family home in the North Downs. He was also related to the Darwins, Charles Darwin being a great-uncle. 

South Valley Symphony Autumn Concert.

The South Valley Symphony will open it’s 37th season this weekend. The orchestra continues the tradition of community involvement begun back in the early 70’s, going from a class  in the Morgan Hill Schools Continuing Education system to the full blown symphony orchestra of today. Current conductor, Dr. Anthony Quartuccio took over the podium from conductor and composer Henry Mollicone in 2006.  Dr. Quartuccio is also an assistant conductor at the San Jose Opera.


Rossini, Overture to an Italian Girl in Algiers
Bruch, Violin Concerto in G minor with Gretchen Miescke, soloist
Beethoven, Symphony #2

Saturday, October 9 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Location Gavilan College Theater, Gilroy, CA

Season tickets are available at www.southvalleysymphony.org

Listen to the orchestra playing at the San Juan Bautista Mission last May


Cathleen Candia, Mezzo-Soprano: Habanera from Carmen (Bizet)
Kenneth Mattice, Baritone: Toreador from Carmen (Bizet)
Christopher Bengochea, Tenor: La Donna Mobile from Rigoletto (Verdi)
Rochelle Bard, Soprano: O Mio babbino caro from Giani Schicchi (Puccino)

A notable birthday today, October 7. Yo Yo Ma.


Ma plays the cello during the "Presentation of the Crystal Award" at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2008.


Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer, and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music. His family moved to New York when he was five years old. Ma began his musical career on the violin and viola before mastering the cello. He studied music at Julliard School in New York, and later completed his studies at Harvard University.

So many wonderful recordings. Just go to YouTube and enter Yo Yo Ma. You won’t run out of choices for a very long time.

This is still my favorite though.

Send in the Clowns

Story of my life, I fear.

A question and say goodnight.

I will say good night on this one. Maybe tomorrow.