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April 29, 2001

Put-in for The Grand Duke. I'm not feeling too well, but managed to make myself useful up on the rolling scaffolding, putting my lashing skills to work to secure the pipe that will hold the sky sheet for the set.

Film: (DVD) The Lathe of Heaven David R. Loxton, Fred Barzyk 1980

The Ursula K. LeGuin novel this is based on is one of my favorites. This made-for-PBS film is one that I'd seen when it was first broadcast, and it made a favorable impression at the time. Looking at it again, I'm not so charitable. In addition to the primitive and overdone special effects, the acting is mostly quite wooden, especially the extras who appear totally purposeless. I'd be inclined to blame this on the directors.

April 30, 2001

George is 18! He has decided on Brandeis. We got him a very nice Yamaha euphonium for the occasion, thanks to eBay.

May 1, 2001

Film: (DVD) Bicycle Thieves 1949 Vittorio De Sica

This is a wonderful film of nitty-gritty life in depressed postwar Italy. Although it is commonly called "The Bicycle Thief" in English, the Italian title is plural.

May 3-6, 2001

The Grand Duke

This was an excellend production, I'm very proud to have been a part of it. The Grand Duke is really a much better operetta than conventional wisdom would indicate. Harriet took some nice photos with my Coolpix.

May 8, 2001

Film: (DVD) Gettysburg 1993 Ronald F. Maxwell

I'd seen this before on a smaller screen, VHS, but it was certainly more worthwhile on the new tv from the DVD. I'm not an expert on the military side of the Slavery War , but as far as I could tell, this film seemed pretty authentic (with the exception of J.E.B. Stuart's beard.)

It is a lavish production, thanks to being bankrolled by Ted Turner. It features some 5000 expert reenactors, and an all star cast, particularly Jff Bridges as Lawrence Chamberlain. It was strange to see Martin Sheen, who I'm used to seeing as President Bartlett on The West Wing, playing the bumbling traitor Lee.

Ted Turner has to be my favorite media mogul. I tend to share his politics (and those of his wife) and I like the way he uses his wealth. I first became aware of him when he was defending the America's Cup--not only with his money to build the boat, but with his own brain and skill as skipper sailing her to victory. I'm sorry to hear that he's getting divorced from Jane, 'cause I'm a fan of hers, too.

May 13, 2001

Went to the Arnold Arboretum for Lilac Sunday, George danced with his team, Red Herring Morris. He has gotten quite good!

Lilac Sunday Photos

The whole family went to a new restaurant, The Newtonville Times (which used to be Duckworth Lane. A grand time was had by all. We mostly discussed and laughed about the works of the late Douglas Adams (who died on Friday, alas.)

May 19, 2001

Went on a 15 mile canoe trip with the Boy Scouts. I haven't been in a canoe since the last Scout trip a year ago, and I'm a bit done in. George has become a demon paddler, though and we were consistently the fastest boat in our little flotilla.

About 3 weeks ago I thought I had a toothache. Went to my dentist, he took X-rays and found no tooth problem, turns out to be a sinus infection. He prescribed Keflex, and I ran through a 2 week course. After a week the symptoms went away, but a couple of days ago, after I finished up the Keflex, it came back. Today it is really bad, so I'm now on amoxicillin, hope this will fix it up. I had gotten a referral to an otiolaryngoligist, but he had to cancel, and can't re-schedule in a timely fashion, so now I've got an appointment with a different otio guy, for June 14...

Film: (DVD) Pat & Mike

This 1952 Kathryn Hepburn/Spencer Tracy comedy is not their best work, and many of the supporting actors, particularly Hepburn's college-administrator beau are pretty bad, but it's amusing nonetheless. Tracy plays against type, as a boxing promoter of borderline honesty. Hepburn is a "natural" athlete.

A very young Charles Bronson and Chuck Connors both have small roles in this film.

May 22, 2001

George finally got an opportunity to play his new trombone concerto with an orchestra. The Newton North High School Orchestra spent 20 minutes rehearsing it, then did a run through as part of their rehearsal. I recorded it digitally, and have made it available on the Web as an MP3:

Music: George Brown Trombone Concerto: Across the Desert

May 25, 2001

Film: (DVD) Sunday in the Park with George Terry Hughes, 1986

This Stephen Sondheim musical is basd on Georges Seurat's monumental painting Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte

I had not been familiar with this show before, but was quite taken with it. Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters star. This was basically a filming of the stage show, but it was extremely well done and well edited. Highly recommended.


May 27, 2001

Films: (video) Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny; Retribution

The latest two Hornblower epics were made from Forester's Lieutenant Hornblower. I'm very pleased with the way this series is developing, and look forward to upcoming episodes as they get made.

May 28, 2001

Red Herring Morris had an outdoor gig at Newton Center with Banbury Cross . I took video of this one. Tova came along and danced in the mass morris at the end, first morris dancing she's done in a couple of years...she's still got it. George has gotten really good too.

Film: (DVD) Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton 1996

This is a very fine film, featuring a developmentally disabled man in Arkansas. As a 12 year old, he saw what he thought was a man raping his mother, and killed him with a lawnmower blade...then it turned out that it wasn't rape, he lost it, and killed his mother. After 20 years in an asylum, he is deinstitutionalized out, and tries to make his way in the world as well as he can. Billy Bob Thornton is brilliant both as director and protagonist.

May 30, 2001

Film: (DVD) Mississippi Burning Alan Parker 1988

Gene Hackman and William Dafoe are an "odd couple" of FBI agents investigating a triple murder in Mississippi, 1964. This is loosely based on the Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner case. It's pretty horrific, as the local Klan keeps escalating its terrorism to keep all witnesses intimidated into silence. Lots of fires and car chases for those who get off on that sort of thing. Not great, not terrible.

June 2, 2001

Put up a new page for the 2001 Christmas Revels .

Film: (DVD) Balzac: A Life of Passion Josée Dayan 2000

This made-for-French TV biopic stars Gerard Depardieu as the famous writer, and focusses largely on his relatioship with his cold and distant mother, played by Jean Moreau. Fanny Ardant is excellent as his last lover and eventual wife, a wealthy Polish countess.

June 3, 2001

Went out in the wee hours of the morning to pick George up in Canton, where the bus returning from the American Regions Math League National Competition unloaded. His team did quite well, and his personal score was quit impressive.

Film: (DVD) Network Sidney Lumet 1976

This super film has a script by Paddy Chayevsky, and gets great performances from William Holden and Faye Dunaway. A sardonic, cynical look at the world of network television in the era when the "big 3" reigned supreme.

June 4, 2001

Film: (DVD) Red Planet Antony Hoffman 2000

Hmm, a science fiction film with no mad scientists, no bug-eyed monsters, good space ship effects...why didn't I like it better? I guess I found the dialogue unconvincing.

The science was so-so... It is 2057, Earth has become so polluted that the survival of humanity is in question. Robot probes have been working on terraforming Mars for 20 odd years, planting oxygen-generating algae on the surface. Lately, however, oxygen levels have been dropping, so a 6 person space ship (5 men, 1 woman, who is captain) is sent out to investigate. Disaster strikes in the form of a solar flare that makes lots of sparks all over the ship, and the 5 men wind up marooned.

The space ship has revolving ring segments to generat artificial gravity. When electric power is lost, they immediately come to a stop, permitting some pretty good zero-gee effects. Much of the hardware is very well done.

All in all, I can't recommend this film, though it has its moments.

June 5, 2001

George had his final student recital with his teacher of 8 years, Don Robinson. He played the Cavatine of St. Saëns. I made a digital recording which will go online when I get around to it.

Film: (DVD) The American President Rob Reiner 1995

Written by Aaron Sorkin, this was, in many ways, the prototype for what became the splendid TV series The West Wing . Features the same cast of characters, (played by different actors) probably the same set, similar approach...though I'd have to say that The West Wing is better...but that's not a rag on this film, The West Wing is better than a great many things.

It is disorienting to see Martin Sheen as Chief of Staff to Michael Douglas's prez.

The main thing that differentiates this from The West Wing is that this president, Andy Sheppard, is a widower, and becomes romantically involved with a lobbyist (Annette Bening) which is a more fun plot complication than Jed Bartlett's MS.

Lots of familiar faces in this one, including Michael J. Fox as a presidential aide, Richard Dreyfuss as the Republican bad guy. Also features Wendie Malick, who plays Nina van Horn on Just Shoot Me and John Mahoney who plays Martin Crane on Frasier .

Highly recommended, especially if you're a bleeding heart Democrat like me.

June 6, 2001

Film: (DVD) Brazil Terry Gilliam 1985

This is the first time I've seen the "director's cut" and it was quite a show. Maybe I'll write more about this later. Highly recommended.

June 8, 2001

Film: (DVD) Arthur Steve Gordon 1981

Dudley Moore plays a multi-millionaire playboy, in love Liza Minelli a Queens waitress. This film has its moments, particularly Sir John Gielgud as Moore's butler, but it is also often rather mawkish. I've never understood what people see in Liza Minelli, she does nothing for me. Some people are crazy about this film, to judge by comments on the Internet, but I don't particularly recommend it.

Film: (VHS) Bogus Norman Jewison 1996

I'm a big fan of Gerard Depardieu, and an even bigger fan of Whoopi Goldberg, so when I saw this video at the library I figured it had to be a winner. What a mistake! It's a syrupy, saccharine hack potboiler about an orphaned child who Whoopi is suddenly faced with guardianship of and his imaginary friend (Depardieu.) The kid, Haley Joel Osment, is quite good, but most everything else about this film is phoned in.

eBook Stars Over Stars K.D. Wentworth

Fairly good military science fiction. Humanity is at war with an insect-like race called the Flek. On a backwater planet of an obscure star system, an experimental training group is trying to determine how to coordinate human rangers with Hrinn warriors, an allied race very reminiscent of Larry Niven's "Kzin" There are also peacable natives, but not many since the planet had been nearly wrecked while under Flek control a couple of generations before.

If you liked the Man-Kzin Wars series, you'll probably like this, but it's not for everybody.

It turns out that this is a sequel, to Black On Black

June 9, 2001

Film: (DVD) A Fish Called Wanda Charles Crichton, John Cleese 1988

I had seen this before, but had forgotten how funny it is. It's a British "caper" comedy about a gang of jewel theives led by Jamie Lee Curtis, who's playing everybody against everybody else, until she falls for unhappily-married barrister John Cleese. Kevin Kline and Michel Palin are hilarious as members of the gang. Highly recommended.

Film/Show: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Jim Sharman 1975/Full Body Cast

Went to the midnight show in Harvard Square, because Tova was starring as Janet. She was super.

See also my entry for July 2000

June 10, 2001

Film: (DVD) Adam's Rib George Cukor 1949

Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in this battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy as a married couple, both lawyers, on opposite sides in court. Dated, as one might expect, but a hoot nonetheless.

ICOM had me down all day, no email, and the Web site was off line. Finally came back up late in the evening, but I think a lot of email got lost/bounced.

June 11, 2001

Film: (DVD) A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick 1971

As horrifying on DVD as it was when I saw it on the big screen, this is one of Kubrick's (and Anthony Burgess's) masterpieces.

June 12, 2001

Film: (DVD) Star Trek V-The Final Frontier William Shatner 1989

It's not clear how I missed seeing this one before, but no loss, it seems to me to be the worst of the Star Trek movies.

I put up a page about problems with Campagnolo Track hubs self-destructing , and Campagnolo's reluctance to cover the failures on warranty, on the basis that riding on the road constitutes "abuse" and "misuse." Got close to 900 hits the first day.

June 13, 2001

Film: (DVD) The Horse Whisperer Robert Redford 1998

A teenage girl and her best friend go horseback riding in the winter, an accident ensues in which the best friend and her horse are killed, the other girl and her horse are gravely injured, physically and psychologically. The girl's mother (strongly resembling Hillary Clinton) drives girl and horse from their home in New York out to Montana to be healed by Robert Redford, horse therapist. The plot is all pretty much inevitable, but the film is well acted, with great Montana scenery. I cried. Recommended.

June 14, 2001

33 years since my last cigarette!

Film: (DVD) Charge of the Light Brigade Michæl Curtiz 1936

A racist tour-de-force featuring the noble British of the Raj and the either childlike or treacherous Indians. Errol Flynn is a cavalry officer serving in Inja, (only the last half hour finally takes us to the Crimea.) This is a big-budget rah-rah jingoist shoot 'em up of its day. There's a cast of thousands, and some very good close-order cavalry drill. Back in 1936 they didn't have to say "no animals were harmed..." and lots of horses get tripped at full gallop.

The infamous charge is depicted as an act of pure heroism and revenge, and is shown as successful, though a Phyrric victory. Tennyson's poem is quoted in part, carefully omitting the verse about how "someone had blundered." If you think current Hollywood films take liberties with history, you'll find is pure fiction.

June 15, 2001

Film: (DVD) Indochine Régis Wargnier 1993

The delectable Katherine Deneuve as owner of a rubber plantation in French Indochina in the 1930s. A visual treat, and a film of considerable depth and power. Highly recommended.

June 16, 2001

Down to Nags Head North Carolina for a family reunion. We flew to Norfolk, Virginny, then it was a 90 mile drive. Due to a delayed flight, we didn't actually arrive 'til 2:30 in the morning. We have rented a posh beach house along with my sister and her husband. Due to schedule problems, Harriet will need to go home on Wendnesday, and Tova coudn't make it down at all.

June 17, 2001

Mostly hung around the house, but did go swimming in the ocean. The water was very clean, good surf, and about a perfect temperature for my taste (though some others thought it was too cold.)

June 18, 2001

Picnicked at the beach house my brother and his wife are renting, a bit south of us. Big mob of relatives there. Took some hilarious pix of my cousin Henry and brother-in-law Mel trying vainly to launch a kayak into the surf. Here's a QuickTime movie:

QuickTime Movie

June 19, 2001

Very sad news, one of my brother's grandchildren (not at the reunion) was struck and killed by a truck. Harley was only 5, I never got to meet him.

Visited the Wright Brothers site at Kill Devil Hill, sat through an entertaining but rather elementary presentation by a Park Service docent. The best thing here is the replica of the 1903 Flyer, which you can get a lot closer to than you can the original in the Smithsonian. It was fun to spot the bicycle parts they used to build many parts.

I noticed something that has me puzzled, though. The biplane elevators are rigged so that they're parallel when horizontal, but the linkage makes the lower one tilt up farther when they tilt up, the upper one tilt down farther when they tilt down. I haven't been able to figure out why they did this yet.

Went to dinner with my siblings, cousins, their spouses and aunt & uncle at Penguin Isle, a snazzy restaurant. Everybody but me had fish, but in honor of the fact that I flew over New York on the way down, I had a New York steak...

June 20, 2001

Got up early to drive Harriet up to Norfolk to catch the plane...she has to teach tomorrow, alas.

Went over to the Brunelle house for dinner.

June 21, 2001

Big party at our house, most of the gang was there:

June 22, 2001

Nothing too eventful today, last day at Nags Head. Went for a swim and played in the surf. Saw a cool jellyfish, kind with tendrils dangling down...didn't touch it.

June 23, 2001

Not a good day. George and I were s'posed to fly out of Norfolk, Virginny at 10:55 AM, but I hadn't counted on major traffic jams trying to get off the island. In retrospect, I should have realized that the similarity to Cape Cod extended to the fact that there are only two bridges, and lots of rentals changing hands on the weekend. We missed our flight, got put on standby for the 3:35 PM flight. Hung around the airport for that, then they only had one standby seat available. I put George on the plane, and rented a room at a Holiday Inn.

June 24, 2001

Finally got home about 8:30 AM, whipped out from rising at 4:30 to catch the flight from Norfolk.

eBook: Flag in Exile David Weber

Another in the Honor Harrington series, good escapist summer reading. Another Baen Books download

Film: (video) O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Not quite as funny as The Big Lebowski, but quite good nevertheless, this is the Coen brothers' take on the Odyssey, set in 1930s Mississippi. Lots of excellent music, fine performances. Highly recommended.

June 25, 2001 had a "massive server failure" and my sites and email have been down almost all day. I shudder to think how much business we're missing out on as a result.

Tonight, George had his Eagle Scout court of honor, and is now officially an Eagle. We had a good crowd for the ceremony, including Mayor Cohen and Alderman Antonellis. It was a lot of work putting it all together, most of which was done by Harriet.

June 26, 2001

Film: (DVD) Cast Away Robert Zemeckis 2000

Tom Hanks in a tour de force as a FedEx executive who becomes a latter-day Robinson Crusoe. Thrills and chills galore, highly recommnded.

June 27, 2001

Film: (DVD) State and Main David Mamet 2000

I hadn't heard of this, though I'm a Mamet fan (and he's a customer of ours!) but George found it at Blockbuster. What a fine film! A Hollywood film production company takes over a Norman Rockwellesque Vermont town for a production, and the culture clash is delightful. William H. Macy is a standout as the director, but the entire cast is excellent. Very highly recommmended!

June 29, 2001

Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam 1975

I don't go to actual movie theatres all that much, but George noted that this had been re-released, and the family schlepped into Kendall Square to see it. I believe I first saw this in London at the time of the original release. It's a classic of the genre, with many screamingly funny parts. It is a bit long, and does drag here and there, though. I don't think it was just the local print, the whole film seems to have been somewhat underexposed, much of it is really too dark. Highly recommended nevertheless.

Book: Rally Cry Martin R. Forstchen 1990

Fine escapist sci-fi. The year is 1864, and a regiment of U.S. veterans from Maine, with all of their equipment set sail on a transport steamer...which blunders into some sort of wormhole and finds itself afloat on a sea of a distant planet. On making landfall, they find the land populated by medieval Russians, whose ancestors got there in a similar fashion several hundred years before. The Americans have an altogether positive effect on the local Russian society, and bring many of the benefits of 19th century technology and political theory to the opressed serfs.

It turns out that there are many different clusters of Earth folk scattered around the planet, from different times and places. It is a large planet, without the large seas of Earth. There is also a fierce native race of nomadic giants, the Tugars. The Tugars are 10 feet tall, armed with bows, catapults, axes and swords, and maintain a constant westerly migration that brings them around the planet every 20 years. The Tugars are the absolute rulers of the planet, and consider the humans as "cattle", using them as the primary staple of their diet. When the Tugar horde meets the 35th Maine and its firearms, a mightly battle ensues. This is the first of an extensive series of novels. Recommended for alt-history fans or fans of military SF.

June 30, 2001

Film: (DVD) Blue Velvet David Lynch 1986

A creepy and grisly film, well acted, made with considerable craftsmanship (except for Isabella Rosselini's lousy singing.) Not recommended.

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The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.

Books reviewed on this page:
Flag in ExileDavid Weber6/24/01
Rally CryMartin R. Forstchen6/29/01
Stars Over StarsK.D. Wentworth6/8/01

12 MonkeysJanuary 5, 2001
2 SecondesNovember 10, 2000
Adam's RibJune 10, 2001
All About My MotherOctober 6, 2000
The American PresidentJune 5, 2001
Analyze ThisJune 1, 2000
ArthurJune 8, 2001
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeMarch 4, 2001
Balzac: A Life of PassionJune 2, 2001
Being John MalkovichJanuary 9, 2001
BesiegedAugust 24, 1999
Bicycle TheivesMay 1, 2001
The Big LebowskiJuly 31, 1999
Blue VelvetJune 30, 2001
BogusJune 8, 2001
Bonnie and ClydeFebruary 18, 2001
BrazilJune 6, 2001
BrigadoonApril 6, 2001
The Bridge on the River KwaiFebruary 4, 2001
Brother, Where Art Thou?June 24, 2001
Café au Lait (Metisse)July 30, 1999
The Caine MutinyFebruary 11, 2001
Cast AwayJune 26, 2001
CharadeJanuary 26, 2001
The Charge of the Light BrigadeJune 14, 2001
Chicken runJanuary 2, 2001
A Civil ActionDecember 29, 2000
A Clockwork OrangeJune 11, 2001
The Color PurpleJanuary 4, 2001
Le Comte de Monte ChristoJuly 17, 1999
Cradle Will RockJune 3, 2000
Dancing at LughnasaJuly 3, 1999
Deep ImpactJanuary 20, 2001
Do the Right ThingFebruary 17, 2001
Driving Miss DaisyJune 30, 2000
DuneDecember 8, 2000
Easy RiderJanuary 19, 2001
ElizabethNovember 25, 1998
Eyes Wide shutMay 13, 2000
Fear and Loathing in Las VegasJuly 6, 1999
Fight ClubDecember 10, 1999
A Fish Called WandaJune 9, 2001
Fortunes of WarJuly 11, 1999
Four Weddings and a FuneralApril 17, 2001
GettysburgMay 8, 2001
Girl, InterruptedJuly 4, 2000
GladiatorDecember 16, 2000
The Great EscapeFebruary 6, 2001
High FidelitySeptember 22, 2000
Hilary and JackieJuly 18, 1999
HookJanuary 26, 2001
Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny; RetributionMay 27, 2001
The Horse WhispererJune 13, 2001
Independence DayDecember 24, 2000
IndochineJune 15, 2001
Inspector GadgetAugust 22, 1999
It's A Wonderful LifeDecember 25, 2000
The Lathe of HeavenApril 29, 2001
Liberty HeightsJanuary 20, 2001
Life is BeautifulJune 7, 2000
Lola MontesMarch 17, 2001
Love and DeathDecember 31, 2000
Love's Labour's LostJuly 22, 2000
December 30, 2000
Man on the MoonJanuary 21, 2001
The MatrixMay 17, 2000
Meet Joe BlackAugust 4, 1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamOctober 9, 1999
A Midsummer Night's DreamDecember 6, 1999
Mighty AphroditeFebruary 7, 2001
Lés MisérablesJanuary 15, 1999
Lés MisérablesMarch 12, 2001
Mission to MarsSeptember 23, 2000
Mississippi BurningMay 30, 2001
Monty Python and the Holy GrailJune 29, 2001
Much Ado About NothingJuly 18, 1999
Mrs. BrownMarch 6, 1999
My Cousin VinnyMarch 21, 2001
NetworkJune 3, 2001
La Nuit de VarennesJuly 5, 1999
Oh God!September 18, 1999
One, Two, ThreeSeptember 13, 2000
Pat & MikeMay 19, 2001
The Perfect StormDecember 27, 2000
The Philadelphia StoryJanuary 15, 2001
PleasantvilleNovember 25, 1998
Planet of the ApesAugust 30, 2000
Primary ColorsJanuary 17, 1999
Princess MononokeOctober 22, 2000
Przzi's HonorJune 29, 2000
Red PlanetJune 4, 2001
Red RiverJanuary 10, 2001
The Rocky Horror Picture ShowJuly 30, 2000
The Rocky Horror Picture ShowJune 9, 2001
The Runaway BrideMarch 18, 2001
Saving Private RyanAugust 2, 1999
The Seventh SealApril 7, 2001
Shakespeare in LoveAugust 17, 1999
ShineOctober 14, 2000
The Silence of the LambsSeptember 19, 1999
Six Days, Seven NightsJanuary 12, 2001
The Sixth SenseMay 19, 2000
Sling BladeMay 28, 2001
Small Time CrooksJune 2, 2000
Star Trek V - The Final FrontierJune 12, 2001
Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom MenaceJune 13, 1999
State and MainJune 27, 2001
A Streetcar Named DesireMarch 6, 2001
South ParkDecember 5, 1999
Sunday in the Park with GeorgeMay 25, 2001
The Talented Mr. RipleyNovember 3, 2000
Tea with MussoliniMay 12, 2000
Thelma & LouiseFebruary 24, 2001
The Thin Red LineDecember 5, 1999
TitusNovember 7, 2000
Topper ReturnsFebruary 2, 2001
Topsy TurvyFebruary 6, 2000
September 25, 2000
U-571October 21, 2000
The Wild, Wild WestMay 17, 2000
The Winslow BoyDecember 22, 2000
X-MenDecember 1, 2000

May 3-6, 2001M.I.Tl G & S PlayersGilbert & Sullivan: The Grand Duke
April 13, 2001Harvard-Radcliffe G & SGilbert & Sullivan: Utopia, Limited
March 4, 2001Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraHaydn: Missa in Tempore Belli; Symphony #49 "La Pasione"
March 3, 2001B.S.O., David RobertsonJanácek Sinfonietta,
February 18, 2001Theatre de Chatelet (DVD)Janácek, The Cunning Little Vixen
February 4, 2001M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Rowe & Sullivan, The Zoo
February 3, 2001B.S.O., James LevineMahler Symphony #3
February 3, 2001George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
December 27, 2000The Christmas Revels, CambridgeAppalchian/African-American Revels
December 23, 2000San Carlo Opera (DVD)Wagner, Tannhäuser
November 18, 2000M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Sorceror
November 16, 2000Harvestfest, Newton North High School
November 2, 2000B.S.O., Christoph EschenbachMozart: Piano Concerto #23; Mahler Symphony #5
October 24, 2000Leon RosselsonJohnny D's
October 7, 2000The Savoy-AiresGilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
June 18, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
May 21, 2000Small Ensemble Concert--Newton North
April 29, 2000Spring Revels
April 22, 2000B.S.O., André Previn, Pamela FrankPrevin: Diversions; Barber: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony #39
March 10, 2000Revels, Inc/Shakespeare & Co.The Mysteries
February 26, 2000B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa, Christine Goerke, Ian Bostridge, Thomas QuasthoffBritten: War Requiem
February 19, 2000B.S.O., Bernard HaitinkMahler: Symphony #7
February 12, 2000George and his band at Harvey Finstein School of Music
January 29, 2000B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle
Peter Donohoe, Piano
Dvorák: The Golden Spinning Wheel,
Bartók: Piano Concerto #1, Brahms: Symphony #2
January 8, 2000George on TromboneN.E. Regional Senior District Festival
December 19, 1999The Christmas Revels, CambridgeItalian Renaissance Revels
December 12, 1999Pierre Boulez, Met Opera (video)Wagner: Siegfried
November 19, 1999Matapat, Lexington
November 18, 1999Harvestfest, Newton North High SchoolSt. Sæns Danse Macabre
November 7, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Iolanthe
November 4, 1999George and his band at Ryles, Cambridge
October 2, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa
Florence Quivar, Mezzo; Paula Delligatti, Sop.
Mahler, Symphony #2
September 29, 1999B.S.O., Seiji Ozawa,
Hildegarde Behrens, Soprano
Wagner: Tannhäuser, Götterdämmerung excerpts;
Strauss: Electra excerpt.
August 14, 1999M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, Crichton
July 24, 1999David Mallett
June 19, 1999The Publick TheatreGilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard
April 13, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova at Watch City Brewery
March 7, 1999Newton North High School Chorus and OrchestraMozart: Requiem, Symphony #38 ("Prague").
March 5, 1999Harvey Finstein School of Music student groupsGeorge and Tova in Jazz recital at Newton Congregational Church.
March 4, 1999Newton North High School various groups.
February 6, 1999B.S.O.,Seiji Ozawa,
Jacques Zoon (flute)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande "Symphony"
Mozart: Flute Concerto #1 in G, K.313
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps.
January 30, 1999B.S.O., Robert Spano,
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
Lindberg: Arena
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #2
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, Symphony #3
January 16, 1999B.S.O., Sir Simon Rattle,
Dawn Upshaw (sop.)
Knussen Flourish with Fireworks
Weir Natural History
Mahler Symphony #4
Schumann Piano Concerto
December 23, 1998The Christmas Revels, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
December 12, 1998Caroling with Nym Cooke, Hardwick, Mass.
November 28, 1998B.S.O., Roberto Abbado,
Lief Ove Andsnes (piano)
Mahler Symphony #1
Schumann Piano Concerto
November 8, 1998M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado

September 30, 2000Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell UniversityThe Maids-Jean Genet
May 30, 2000Kelsey Grammer/Colonial TheatreMacbeth
May 26, 2000The Huntington Theatre Co.King Hedley II
September 3, 1999The Publick TheatreNine
August 21, 1999Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sonata
August 13, 1999Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You
May 22-29Newton South/North High SchoolsRichard III
December 18, 1998Newton North High SchoolThe Bone Violin, May Flies
November 12, 1998Newton North High SchoolTo Kill a Mockingbird 052999

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