It’s been a pleasant first week here in Ostrava, on the Moravia/Silesia border in the Czech Republic; home of the Janacek Philharmonic, who are current hosts of the International Orchestral Conducting Masterclass, with renowned pedagogue Jorma Panula, from Finland. After a week of rehearsals, we had our first of two performances last night, consisting of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, the prelude to Mussorgsky’s Kovanshchina, Beethoven’s Leonore III, and Wagner’s Siegfried’s Rhine Journey. All conductors and the orchestra performed well. Next week’s rehearsals start tomorrow, with the repertoire consisting of Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen Suite, and Mahler’s First Symphony. These rehearsals will culminate in our second concert on the Friday night.
March 13th, 2017Comments Off on Time in Czech going well, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
April 25th, 2015Comments Off on 100 years of the ANZACS, Blog, News, Uncategorized, by adrianhead72.
[This was something that I wrote and posted on Facebook on ANZAC Day in 2013. I’ve updated it to bring it in line with this year’s ANZAC Day, which is exactly 100 years since those sad events occurred. In instances where I’ve alluded to more current events in 2013 I’ve found it unnecessarry for anything to be updated, despite the fact that the events alluded to have changed. That in itself has provoked feelings both ironic and tragic.] After running in the light of a full moon recently, I was reminded that the Earth was hit by a large planetesimal approximately four and a half billion years ago. The debris thrown off from this impact formed the large, lifeless satellite that has orbited the Earth ever since, and controls against what would be the Sun’s catastrophic tidal affect on Earth’s oceans. The planetesimal also provided additional iron to the Earth’s core, resulting in a magnetic field that moderates Earth’s surface temperatures. It also has allowed the Earth’s axis to remain steady enough to have allowed organic material, most of it deposits from the Kuiper Belt’s asteroids, to have the right sort of conditions to produce a multitude of life upon the Earth. The fragility of this complex setup is demonstrated by the fact that, so far, a similar incubation system within the Solar System, let alone this galaxy or the rest of the universe, has not been found. It would appear to be a rare (and a perhaps unique) anomaly. Just over one hundred years…