A Classical Rant in 4/4 Time

Conductor

This is part of a longer opinion piece published in Newsday on Wednesday, January 13, 2011.

Until five years ago, when he won top prize in a Mahler conducting competition in Germany, Gustavo Dudamel was unknown on the world stage. Today he is classical music’s rock star.
Long curls flying, the 29-year-old conducts not only with his baton but with his eyes, his mouth, his stance, with every body part it seems. Sometimes, it appears that the podium is not large enough to contain him.

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Things I Would “Not” Like to See in the New Year

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I’m old enough now to know better. I understand that in my life-time, I will not see a cure for cancer, a diet that enables folks to lose weight and keep it off, and a sure-fire way to get babies to sleep through the night. With no disrespect to John Lennon, I also don’t imagine world peace any time soon.

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Bring On The Sun

Legend has it that the Inuit have 400 words for “snow,” but that is merely legend. According to Karyn Tasens, president and CEO of Translation Aces, they have no more words for the white crystals than do speakers of English. Counting generously, linguist Steven Pinker experts can come up with about a dozen, a number weather forecasters are expanding with new terms ranging from “wintry mix” to “snow event.”

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Fast Technology, Fast Click. Uh-oh.

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A lesson someone my age should have learned long ago. Refrain from saying something bad about one person to another. You’ll feel better about yourself.

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