Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • January Concerts

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra January 12 & 14, Heinz Hall The Firebird! Debussy: Printemps Ibert: Flute Concerto Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) January 26 & 28, Heinz Hall Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto Carreño: Margariteña Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Mahler: Symphony No. 1 Pittsburgh Opera January 20, 23, 26, 28, Pittsburgh CAPA Theater The Long Walk Music: Jeremy Howard Beck|Libretto: Stephanie Fleischmann

  • Tell Tale: Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer

    Back in November, I learned of the author, Jeffrey Archer, while listening to Michael Smerconish’s SiriusXM show. I had never heard of, or read Jeffrey Archer’s work, but I’m here to tell you, this collection of 14 short stories (eight of which were inspired by true events) is fantastic. Unique, the first story of the collection was written as a response to a challenge from the New York editor of Reader’s Digest. The task was to write a story of exactly 100 words – not 99, not 101. The story was to have a beginning, middle and end, and was…

  • One Perfect Christmas Song

    Disclaimer: Note that when I write One Perfect Christmas Song. I do not mean to imply that it is the only perfect Christmas Song. I am making the claim, however, that it is possible to compose a perfect piece of music – in this case, a song where lyrics, music and message are perfectly married. A little over a week ago, a niece-in-law of mine posted a request on her Facebook page asking her friends to list their favorite Christmas carols. Those of you who know me would think this was right up my alley. I though so, too. But…

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