CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2017

From Bob and Elizabeth Here's our Christmas Message 2017 video which we made on Saint Nicholas Day - Dec 19, 2017 - at our Scottsdale home. https://youtu.be/Zf5x7VhF-ss PHOTO ALBUM Here are also some still shots from that recording session.       --- Christmas Message 2015: Merry Christmas! Mele Kalikimaka!  * * * UPDATE DEC …

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“CAPRICCIO ITALIEN” ALLA “AIDA:” TCHAIKOVSKY’S MUSIC, VERDI’S OPERA

"CAPRICCIO ITALIEN" ALLA "AIDA:" TCHAIKOVSKY'S MUSIC, VERDI'S OPERA A musical phantasy born in the Arizona desert While doing a memorial hike on May 12, 2017 for my friend Michael Morrison, who passed recently, in the McDowell Mtns above Scottsdale, I was listening to this Spanish rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien" over and over again. And the …

EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK WITH ROMANZE ANDANTE AS MUSICAL “DESPACHO”

A Musical Despacho for Santa Tierras (land fairies) of Rainbow Shower MOZART'S ROMANZE ANDANTE, SECOND MOVEMENT FROM "EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" Eight days ago, while washing some new dishes I had bought, I received a download of divine-sounding music. I figured it was Mozart. But I wasn't sure what piece it was. So I recorded some opening …

“IL TROVATORE” (TROUBADOUR) WEEKEND IN HONOLULU

"IL TROVATORE" (TROUBADOUR) WEEKEND IN HONOLULU Plus an early birthday dinner at our favorite Honolulu restaurant Our 2015/2016 opera season started in Santa Fe with "Salome." It ended this weekend in Honolulu with Verdi's "Il Trovatore" (Troubadour). In between, we had also attended performances of Mozart's "Magic Flute" in Honolulu (http://wp.me/p3R16m-297), and of "Carmen - http://wp.me/p1jFeo-1JK," "Don Giovanni" …

TRIOVERTURES IN ONE: WILLIAM TELL (LONE RANGER), LIGHT CAVALRY, CARMEN

DUSTING OFF CREVICES OF MUSIC MEMORY LEADS TO SURPRISING DISCOVERIES On February 2nd of this year, I woke up with a powerful tune in my Third Ear.  It was trumpets, horns, drums.  And it was very fast.  It could have been a theme song for a western movie.  Or an opera theme. When I started playing it after breakfast, Elizabeth thought …

“MAGIC FLUTE:” AN ASCENSION STORY WRITTEN OVER TWO CENTURIES AGO

"MAGIC FLUTE:" AN ASCENSION STORY WRITTEN OVER TWO CENTURIES AGO Mozart makes another appearance in my life, this time through "Magic Flute" About three weeks ago, I wrote the following passage about Mozart's music and its effect on my current lifetime (see HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ASCENDING? - Sep 21, 2015): So now …

HAPPY THREESOME: LONE RANGER, WILLIAM TELL & CARMEN RIDE IN MAUI

DUSTING OFF CREVICES OF MUSIC MEMORY LEADS TO SURPRISING DISCOVERIES This morning, I woke up with a powerful tune in my Third Ear.  It was trumpets, horns, drums.  And it was very fast.  It could have been a theme song for a western movie.  Or an opera theme. When I started playing it after breakfast, Elizabeth thought it was a …