Saturday, January 20, 2018
I love the ballet so Grupo Corpo, an internationally acclaimed Brazilian dance company that mixes ballet with other dance forms like samba, bossa nova, and modern dance piqued my interest. Pittsburgh Dance Council recently brought this company to the Byham Theater. The company preformed Suite Branca, a monochrome white dance piece and Dance Sinfonica. This contemporary melting pot of dance styles was a new visual experience that I would describe as cool and breezy, and then hot and fiery!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
The Pittsburgh Symphony 2018 session opened this weekend with Juanjo Mena conducting. I have ventured to the POPS in the past but I was now ready to experience the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in the more "classical sense". I love the ballet, The Firebird (I even saw the movie), so I was ready to enjoy the flight in Stravinsky's composition for his first ballet in 1910. There also was a lot more to this program and I was excited to also experience my first flute concerto with Principle Flutist Lorna McGhee in this classical musical evening.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
In this empty- nest period, I have made experiencing art a staple in my life (see Days 88 and 188) but I never envisioned that I would be viewing undergarments as the subject of an art exhibit! The Frick Art and History Center always brings interesting art shows to this town and Undressed, about the design of underwear, seemed too unique to pass up especially when The Frick Art and History Center is the exclusive North American venue for this exhibition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum! When you think about it, an undergarment is the closest thing to our body and wearing "granny panties" or "a lacy something" from Victoria Secret says something about you, so why wouldn't the evolution of underwear design say something about our society?
Sunday, January 7, 2018
The story and music from the musical, The Phantom of the Opera, brought me to tears about 20 years ago. The new musical, Love Never Dies, is a sequel to that show and continues the story of the Paris Opera Phantom who now in 1907 orchestrates the music behind a burlesque/freak show, Phantasma, on Coney Island in New York City. He continues to long for his love and to hear his protegee opera soprano, Christine Daae', sing again. I was excited to experience my first sequel to a beloved musical and hear Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new composition telling the unique story of love between two people bonded by the beauty of music and not physical aesthetics.
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Since this blog is all about keeping a forward trajectory in midst of change and reaching your personal best, I wanted to preview some of my planned experiences in the hope that it will inspire some to join in. As Dale Carnegie once said, "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Let's all get busy!