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Snow Place Like Home

The forecast called for snow, followed by freezing rain on Friday night into Saturday morning. It was supposed to switch to liquid rain after that. My wife had a performance with the Knoxville Choral Society on Friday night and I was … Continue reading

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Saw Her Standing There

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Choral Society missed a rehearsal earlier this week due to the ice storm. You wouldn’t have known it based on their excellent performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at the Tennessee Theatre. I was ready … Continue reading

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Carmen Declaration

The priest in one of the later scenes of Knoxville Opera’s production of Carmen looked especially authentic. There’s a reason for that. The supernumerary part was played by Fr. Rich Andre of St. John XXIII University Parish. The music was wonderfully familiar, … Continue reading

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Bangor Galore

Maestro Lucas Richman is in his final season as music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He will conduct performances of Stabat Mater on February 19 and 20. His final concerts will be on May 14 and 15. Since 2010, … Continue reading

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Hello, Folly!

The 2015 Front Page Follies are over five months away but David Lauver has been hard at work developing concepts for parody songs that poke fun at local events. He invited last year’s cast members to a meeting to discuss his … Continue reading

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Carmen at Work

To promote Knoxville Opera’s production of Carmen, I interviewed Zulimar López-Hernández and Ryan Kuster, who play Micaëla and Escamillo. The opera will be performed on February 13 and 15 at the Tennessee Theatre. Knoxville Opera’s director of marketing Michael Torano … Continue reading

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Loh and Behold

Parts of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony are so loud, I could feel sound waves on my face. I loved it. My wife and I attended the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Thursday night. In addition to the Tchaikovsky opus, the program … Continue reading

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Faulty Seasoning

Before the Christmas season ends on Sunday, I dialed up some Christmas music on my WiFi clock radio. My wife and I heard some favorites and a few less familiar tunes tonight. They played “I’ve Got My Love to Keep … Continue reading

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Green Hot Peppers

As a GMU alumni, I was happy to hear the latest good news about my alma mater. The Green Machine, George Mason University’s pep band has been named the best in the nation by the NCAA. The band, under the … Continue reading

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Juju’s Mettle

Walking into the Carlyle Club felt like walking onto the set of a 1930s or ’40s movie. I half expected the Haynes Sisters to show up and do a number. The art-deco themed club is located in Alexandria, Virginia. In a … Continue reading

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Pas des Oeufs

After the funeral Mass for my mother-in-law, my wife and two of her sisters went to their mother’s house to pick up a few things. In one box, they discovered a music box shaped like an egg. When you wind … Continue reading

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Funeral Directed

On Friday morning, my wife and her sisters gathered at the funeral home to make the arrangements for their mother’s wake and burial. I went along, as did another sister’s husband. Two of the women had been through the process … Continue reading

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For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth

The past two weeks have been a lesson in life and death for my family. My wife’s mother was in declining health. She died on Christmas Day, one week after her 90th birthday. The family had planned to gather prior to Christmas … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Darlene

The first version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” that I knew was a cover by U2 that was on the 1987 album A Very Special Christmas. I loved the song even though I was unaware of Darlene Love’s masterful … Continue reading

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