Sunday, November 28, 2010

Classical Sundays

Since I cannot fathom football or really any type of organized sports, it's always fallen to me to find something else to do on Sundays. I love browsing youtube to find random pieces of music to inspire. So I've developed a tradition on Sundays that usually involves blasting choral music for instance the finale of Mahler's 2nd Symphony.

or Leontyne Price and Simon Estes in Aida (stunning)

or turn the volume WAY up with this finale from Gotterdammerung (anything Wagner or Mahler takes my breath away)

here's a quote from one of the people who made a comment on this on youtube:
The gold standard of all rings both now and forever. With Solti, Nilsson, and the world's best, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, sheer perfection was reached. No other recording will ever equal this one....

speaking of perfection...I think this is my ultimate favorite piece of music ever. Verdi's Requiem. More specifically "Libera me" as sung by the gorgeous Renee Fleming. This makes me cry

actually here is a MUCH better version of the Libera Me by Fleming: (those who aren't familiar with this might recognize this sequence that was played at Princess Diana's funeral)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

12 Divas of Christmas is coming next week!

I know I haven't updated my blog since....oh christ....election day. Woops. Suffice to say that there has been alot of personal stuff that has been going on that has been preventing me from writing a post of any length. Just a couple of things. I got a job as a 'driver helper' at UPS. YAY! I'm totally excited about this, it's a seasonal position until the end of the year, but the cool thing is that if I get a positive evaluation then I will be eligible to apply again for a permanent position. The other big thing is the concert coming up with HMC entitled 12 Divas of Christmas. That is Dec 3-5. It should be a wild and wacky show! I'm hoping that some people I know can come to the show, but if not it should be a fantastic experience. I previously had sort of a penchant against singing Christmas shows just because it seemed like every year when I was a kid, they would trot out the singers and we would sing all the christmas songs and it felt sort of like I was a trained seal. I can explain that later, but for this show, it's not a typical Christmas show, it has Barbara Streisand, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Middler,Judy Garland and a bunch of other gay icons. Should be a total hoot!