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A song cycle reborn

first_imgIn the darkest, cruelest depth of winter, a frozen landscape accosts your splintered heart that was broken by a maiden who found love in the arms of another. Misery is your only companion as you wander aimlessly in the cold. So what do you do?Naturally, you break into song about it.Or so decided Franz Schubert, the 19th-century Austrian composer who set his bleak and moving 24-song cycle “Winterreise” (“Winter Journey”) to poems about lost love by German poet Wilhelm Müller. The words and music add up to an unabashed, unrelenting tribute to grief.But the forlorn and sufferers from seasonal affective disorder can take heart. The American Repertory Theater  (A.R.T.) is offering a bright twist on Schubert’s solemn composition with its production of “Three Pianos.”In the hands of a trio of talented actor-musicians, Schubert’s work is transformed into both a silly and soul-searching house party with, as its title suggests, three pianos, and the audience as guests. With the songs sung in English, German, and occasionally a “bad English translation of German,” according to co-creator Rick Burkhardt, the production captures a passion for the music and connects to its melancholy message using both humor and heartache.“We were tempted to do the things we normally do, which is be amusing and sometimes lighthearted,” said Burkhardt. “But the piece also insists that we hold on to the mood — it’s a radical piece even for today. We kept getting pushed by the music in directions that were sometimes uncomfortable … it made us think about our own histories of heartbreak.”Schubert, who died at age 31, found little critical success during his short life. Much of the buzz generated around his work was the result of a committed cadre of friends who attended regular “Schubertiads,” festive events held in private homes to celebrate, perform, and promote Schubert’s music.It was in the spirit of those informal soirees that Burkhardt and collaborators Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy began to envision “Three Pianos” on a bitter February evening in New York City. During a party in a church, the three stumbled across copies of the somber Schubert song cycle in the choir loft. The accomplished musicians took turns singing and playing the first songs in the series on a nearby grand piano. Soon, others at the party joined in to harmonize or listen and enjoy. Before the night was out they had played through the entire work.“We realized when we were done that we had just enacted inadvertently a Schubertiad,” said Burkhardt. “And we realized we had the potential to give that extraordinary experience to an audience.”Throughout “Three Pianos,” the actors adopt the personas of Schubert’s friends and of the composer. They also play themselves, re-enacting their own arguments about the music and discussing the history of the work. The show comes complete with wine for interested audience members, and imaginative jazz, rock, and other interpretations of Schubert’s songs, in an effort, said Burkhardt “to give people access to this music.”The group spent time in Vienna in 2009, visiting the homes where the composer was born and died, and some of the halls where his music was played.  Later, they read his diaries and letters and those of his contemporaries.They found that “Winterreise” was in direct opposition to the popular romantic music of the day. Instead of being “florid and beautiful,” Schubert’s sparse and slow-paced composition was written largely in minor keys. But the poets whose work he set to music loved it.“In our research, we came across several examples of poets saying ‘I only learned what my poem meant when I heard the setting of it,’ ” said Burkhardt. “That is a rather remarkable thing.”With their new interpretation, Burkhardt and his co-creators hope to accomplish something similar by helping audiences connect with the work on a deeper emotional level.“There is a history of using art and song in particular to access emotions within you that are difficult to deal with … that’s a rich history and a history that I think all of us have tapped into at some point, and I think it’s good to see what comes from publicly acknowledging that.”“Three Pianos” runs from Dec. 7 through Jan. 8. For more information, visit the A.R.T. website.last_img read more

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Students broadcast campus radio shows

first_img“Sound of Notre Dame” (WSND) and “Voice of the Fighting Irish” (WVFI) broadcast an range of student radio shows that cover music, sports, politics and more. WSND airs on FM station 88.9 to serve both Notre Dame and the surrounding area, and WVFI streams online for students at nd.edu/~wvfi Senior station manager Patrick Brown said WSND is a classical radio station during the day and a college rock station at night. “We pride ourselves in offering a very wide variety of music,” Brown said. “You won’t just hear the ‘1812 Overture’ 24/7.” Both Notre Dame students and South Bend residents work at WSND, and Brown said the station unites these two groups. “We [are] a meeting place for both Notre Dame and the South Bend community,” Brown said. Brown said WSND garners 8,000 to 10,000 listeners at a time because it spans a wide audience. WSND broadcasts from the clock tower of O’Shaughnessy Hall, and according to Brown, this vantage point is an asset for those who work at the station. “Not that many people know we’re up there but … we have this great view of South Quad,” Brown said. “Every time the sun sets, we watch that over campus, and we’re really lucky to have that view. It’s definitely a benefit of working at WSND.” Sophomore Kate Johnson hosted a classical request program Sunday afternoons and a specialty “Taffelmusic” show Friday afternoons on WSND last semester. Johnson, a music major, wanted to exercise her appreciation for classical music through her shows. “It’s expanded my knowledge of music a hundred times more than I would get in the classroom,” Johnson said. The WVFI office in LaFortune Student Center offers diverse student-run programming that included 70 different shows this semester. Senior station manager Nicolle Walkling said she joined WVFI her freshman year because she wanted to share her love of music with students. “[WVFI] seemed like the perfect outlet for me to share my music with others and discover new kinds of music,” Walkling said. “I hoped to find a community that loved music as much as me and an activity that I felt was worthwhile.” Unlike WSND, WVFI is completely student-run. Walkling said the station garners only 550 listeners per week because it only appeals to Notre Dame students. WVFI broadcasts a range of niche shows hosted by different students. This semester’s lineup included a dating advice program hosted by a graduate student under the alias “Emma Woodhouse,” a college rock show called “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” hosted by senior Brooke Healy and “Hungover,” a music show with weekly themes hosted by seniors Colin Rich and Kennedy Collins. Collins said his show’s title was inspired by his former Sunday morning timeslot at 10 a.m. The show now streams online at 11 a.m. Friday mornings, but Collins said “Hungover” is still an applicable title for the program. “We cover elaborate themes that we usually come up with at trivia night at Legends the night before,” Collins said.last_img read more

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New edition of Istra Gourmet 2019-2020 presented

first_imgEXCELLENT NEW PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OF ISTRIA / LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE IN ISTRIA! THE STORY BEHIND THE NEW DESTINATION PORTAL OF ISTRIAN TOURISM And the new 23rd edition of this popular publication has just been published. In this way, Istra Gourmet combines several key projects aimed at promoting indigenous Istrian cuisine and excellent delicacies, through the selection of the best restaurants in Istria, projects within wine tourism and olive oil tourism, and an additional aspect is the promotion of typical local products. truffles, prosciutto, cheese and honey. RELATED NEWS: The publication Istra Gourmet, one of the most sought after and most popular tourist promotional materials in Istria issued by the Istria County Tourist Board, contains almost 500 useful addresses where it is possible to arrange tastings of the best wines, extra virgin olive oils, prosciutto, cheese, truffles and all kinds of specialties in restaurants. , taverns or agrotourism.  The guide is designed in Croatian, Italian, German and English, is printed in a circulation of 300.000 copies and can be downloaded at all info points of tourist boards throughout Istria or downloaded in pdf format at www.istra.com or attached The guide through the gourmet offer of the peninsula brings detailed information about the richness of the eno-gastronomic offer, and in addition to an overview of the most important Istrian gastronomic products, it contains an exhaustive and precise list of restaurants and taverns. Attachment: Istria Gourmet 2019-2020 ISTRIA GOT ITS TIME OUT GUIDE – TIME OUT ISTRIA 2019last_img read more

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Valencia drag Spanish FA to UEFA over European spots proposal

first_img As outlined by Marca and Cadena Cope, the Spanish FA say that the four Champions League places would go to the current top four in La Liga – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad. The proposals would see Los Che excluded from European competition altogether and, as outlined by Marca, they have now filled an official complaint. Albert Celades’s side currently sit seventh in La Liga – three points off Atletico de Madrid in sixth and automatic qualification for the Europa League. Furthermore, they would qualify for Europe as things stand in the league if the Copa del Rey final were to be played and Real Sociedad defeat Athletic Club Bilbao. Valencia have sent an official letter to UEFA complaining about a proposal from the Spanish FA to decide the allocation of European places for the 2020/21 campaign. There are growing fears that the 2019/20 campaign will not be completed due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Valencia complain to UEFA on Spanish FA’s European proposal Read Also: Ex-Barca president tips Messi to pen new deal as Neymar returnsGetafe boss Bordalas is cited by the reports as saying ‘when a championship ends, the first criterion is the individual confrontation’, while the club president Angel Torres was even more indignant.Torres is cited as saying that the Spanish FA have ‘no right’ to make these lists and added: “What we want is to play. Getafe wants to earn whatever we get on the pitch.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddoncenter_img Athletic would automatically fill the spot – designated for the side seventh in the league – if they won the Copa as they currently are not in a European spot, but the Spanish FA proposals would also see them take it if the final was not played. As reported by both Cadena Cope and El Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish FA proposal has also left Getafe infuriated – as they would be playing in the Europa League rather than the Champions League. Getafe are level on points with fourth-placed Real Sociedad and the two have the same goal difference. La Real are ahead in the standings due to having scored more goals than Jose Bordalas’s side, but this is even more controversial due to the league’s head-to-head rules. La Liga rules stipulate that if teams finish level on points, head-to-head record between the teams will be decisive and only if they are the equal, will the decision be deferred to goal difference. However, that is only applicable if teams have played each other twice but Real Sociedad and Getafe have met just once this season – when Getafe won 2-1 in San Sebastian. Loading… last_img read more