Sun, fun, and Mendelssohn

I thought about writing a very pathetic text about how great EMSOC was, the people, the music, the beach, but I decided to keep up the telegram style I used during the project. EMSOC 2012 in Rijeka: Sun, fun, and Mendelssohn. Alright, and Mozart and Sorkočević. Program for the Choir: Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht. Tough …

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Magic for a Mezzophilic

Never before I had been to Schwetzingen. I've played soccer matches in about every village around Schwetzingen but somehow I never made the 20 km from my home town to that beautiful castle and park. Otto von Bismarck was an honorary citizen of Schwetzingen. And now the great Joyce DiDonato honored the town with a …

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Lord, how lovely are your apartments

Today was day six (rehearsal day five!) of EMSOC 2011. The European Medical Students Orchestra and Choir are in Giessen to perform Brahm’s A German Requiem and Mahler’s 10th Symphony. The newspaper reports about the project daily. They write about EMSOC visiting the brewery, the international dinner, the day trip to Cologne – and, by …

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Unlimited joy and Joyce!

Vibre, mon âme, chante et proclame, chante ta joie! Yet again, I had the pleasure of spending an unforgettable opera evening. When we did Otello last season I wondered what would make someone go to see a concertante performance of opera. Well, there’s at least one answer I can give now: a most ravishing Joyce …

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