Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vancouver, October 20, 11 Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, Canada

Strauss Metamorphosen – transported me to a wonderful place

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1- OVER THE TOP! Brilliant and knocked my socks off!

Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Major  – big smiles on my face and warmed my soul.

VALERY GERGIEV you are brilliant and so is Stradivarius Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre – I was so fascinated by the change in seating for each selection – such a sound…thank you for one of the most memorable orchestral music experiences in my life!

BRAVO and BRAVISSSSSSIMO!

The #GIFF2015 countdown is on! This incredible film festival begins in San Miguel de Allende on July 17, 2015.

Entrance to all film screenings is FREE.

Big note for all foreign language challenged film lovers: MOST OF THE FILMS ARE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH.

Here is an important link, (for all the #GIFF2015 programming, music, activities in English), so copy and paste it: http://www.giff.mx/?page_id=9350

#MoreFilmPlease

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The #GIFF2015 countdown is on! This incredible film festival begins in San Miguel de Allende on July 17, 2015.

Big note for all foreign language challenged film lovers: MOST OF THE FILMS ARE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH.

Here is an important link, (for all the #GIFF2015 programming, music, activities in English), so bookmark it: http://www.giff.mx/?page_id=9350

And, on another note, in San Miguel de Allende, the Aldama Cinema will not be a venue this year, so do get to this years venues early.

A new theme in #GIFF2015

Méxicomorfosis is a social, cultural and political platform that we are very interested in, because we speak of a better Mexico, where we show how citizens can participate, and speak out and be present. Beyond reporting or complaining, it is proposing.”

Stayed tuned for more…..#MoreFilmPlease

 

The #GIFF2015 countdown is on! This incredible film festival begins in San Miguel de Allende on July 17, 2015.

The invited country for #GIFF2015 is Turkey. Imagine, seeing films from this country, right here, in San Miguel de Allende!!!!

Big note for all foreign language challenged film lovers: MOST OF THE FILMS ARE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH.

Here is an important link, (for all the #GIFF2015 programming, music, activities in English), so bookmark it: http://www.giff.mx/?page_id=9350

And, like all great events it begins with a Press Conference. Pictures are worth many words and follow posts here daily to the opening of #GIFF2015 and while I enjoying the festival!

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Stayed tuned for more…..#MoreFilmPlease

This will be a fantastic event in Vancouver, Canada. Get you tickets soon!

VSO New Music Festival is live!.

VSO New Music Festival is live!.

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That’s all!

My most simple, and, direct question: Premier Christy Clark:

Have you responded to Justine Taylor, Grade 12 Student, Delta Secondary School questions?

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=821472801199055&id=100000090293697

Premier Christy Clark, are you the problem, or, the solution?

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My take away from Premier Christy Clark’s “Mandate Letter” http://www.gov.bc.ca/premier/cabinet_ministers/peter_fassbender_mandate_letter.pdf to BC Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender:

And excerpts from: http://tomkertes.ca/does-christy-clark-want-to-break-teachers-union/ )

“Clark’s letter kicks off the next round in the education debate by attempting to frame collective bargaining as the issue, not adequate funding for education.”

“Clark seems committed to invest less in public schools“……

“She needs to deflect the issue, especially if she can do this while discrediting the public education system’s greatest advocates – its teachers.”

“It’s time for Christy Clark to focus on public education, not weakening the present collective bargaining system.”

“The BCTF has time and again conducted itself within the system”:

Respecting the rule of law, following essential service levels, bargaining in good faith,”

“And focusing on doing what’s needed to defend the interests of students, teachers, and the community at large.”

“It’s time for government to recognize the value of tension and share power in a pluralistic democracy.”

“It’s time for government to bargain in good faith”

“And to get real about reaching a fair and reasonable agreement that meets the needs of BC’s students and families through quality public education for all.”

In my honest and humble opinion, it is our Public Schools and our Public Education that holds our province, British Columbia, and our nation, Canada, together.

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Michael Kaiser,

I concur with the last sentence of your post http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5472397

“Wouldn’t the future of the arts in America be brighter if we dedicated our efforts to creating more and better art rather than bigger and fancier buildings?”

It is a burning question; and “build it, and, they will come”, IMO, is no longer relevant.

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Adding to this, #IndieOpera is leading the way in presenting Opera in venues other than the “palaces” you mention; such as #divebars, parks, barges on lakes, rivers, city streets, farmers markets, train stations and the list goes on.

Start-Ups for live streaming such as http://virtualarts.tv/ is actively striving to connect the performing arts to people globally.

Just another example that compliments going to a movie theatre to see the performing arts live, delayed, simulcast etc.

And certainly less expensive than building a new state of the art #ArtsPalace too.

Thank you for this post!

PS: We still need the live performing arts to thrive; and in existing #ArtsPalaces too! Without the live performing arts there will be nothing to beam up to a #VirtualArtsCommunity wherever, whatever and whoever they may be.

Now, bring on the discussion! Keep it nice, please and ThankYou!

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