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November 1, 2001

Film: (DVD) This is Spinal Tap

This hilarious send up of pompous 'rockumentaries" is a classic indeed. It goes to 11! See it if you haven't already!

November 2, 2001

Film: (DVD) My Left Foot

Very well done biopic on Christy Brown, an Irish artist and writer, who spent most of his childhood being treated as a vegetable due to his cerebral palsy. His left foot was the only part of his body that he had reasonable control over, and he used that for painting, writing, and everything else. Daniel Day Lewis won a best-actor Oscar for his performance, and ***** as the Artist as a Young Man is also terrific. The film is set in an impoverished Dublin slum, where a large family is crammed into a tiny house, and much of it is very squalid and depressing, but in the end it's an excellent piece of work.

November 2, 2001

This is the beginning of Parents' Weekend at Brandeis. Harriet is off this semester, and went in to sit in on George's math class. She liked what she heard. It is a great joy to her to talk math with George, and she is still able to teach him stuff, though the arcane mysteries they discuss are all 'way over my head. In the evening we went on a Brandeis sponsored outing to:

Show: Blue Man Group

I expected this to be super, and I wasn't disappointed! If you've seen the Pentium III commercials, you have some idea of their schtick, but it's all good, and they've got a lot of tricks up their sleeves. The show is mainly mime and drumming, but they also use teletext devices of various sorts, video, strange musical instruments, and make a big mess of the stage. The first several rows are all provided with plastic raincoats, and they need 'em! Did I mention the show is hilarious? Very highly recommended.

November 3, 2001

Concert: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Federico Cortese. Ives, Mozart, Kurtäg, Schubert

The Ives Ragtime Dances are a recently discovered/restored early work, good fun. Parts actually sounded like Gershwin!

Nelson Freire played a Mozart piano concerto, not my cup of tea, but well done.

I'd never heard of György Kürtag before. The piece uses a solo guitarist playing an ostinato, a few other instruments on stage and various small groups scattered about the hall. I found it rather compelling. Our second-balcony seats were, unfortunately a bit too close to one of the groups, playing whistles and plastic toy trumpets.

November 4, 2001

Family Weekend at Brandeis continues. We had brunch in the cafeteria, then went to the Schlossberg Music Center for a mixed concert. There were a couple of excellent choral groups, then the Symphony Orchestra playing the first movement of the Dvorak 6th. George was the trombone section. They sounded very good, especially considering how many rehearsals they've missed this semester what with one thing and another. After that the Jazz Band did a couple of numbers. George had a good solo in one of them. The other was stolen by a guy who played two saxes at once (alto & tenor, I believe) to great effect.

Film: (DVD) The Trouble with Harry Alfred Hitchcock, 1954

This murder farce is rather atypical Hitchcock, but quite funny. It introduced two newcomers, Shirley MacLaine and John Forsythe.

Film: (DVD) Battlefield Earth

As bad a clinker as the buzz had suggested. Based on one of L.Ron Hubbard's science fiction potboilers, it is solid cliché from beginning to end (though I skipped through about 40 minutes in the middle...couldn't take the whole thing. The cinematography is startlingly amateurish; they constantly use a very annoying fade mechnism where the new scene appears as a widening line in the middle of the screen. The film maker also seemed to think that it would make the film more suspenseful if the camera were always tilted 30-40 degrees to one side or t'other. This irritating gimmick is used almost continuously throughout the film. John Travolta is capable of being such a good actor, it's a shame that he allowed himself to be roped into his role as the scenery-chewing villain in this dreck. [not linked yet]

November 5, 2001, Guy Fawkes Day

Film: (DVD) The Day of the Jackal

I've seen this before, also read the book, and it's still a wonderful film, dealing with a plot to assassinate Charles de Gaulle in the early '60s. A great thriller.

Got a flu shot after standing in line for a looooong time at the Newton Center CVS.

November 09, 2001

Film: (DVD) How Green Was My Valley John Ford, 1941

This autobiographical film is set in a Welsh mining town in the 19th Century, remembered as a halcyon Norman Rockwellesque workers' paradise in the author's youth. Things gradually deteriorate from there as evil mine owners lower wages and the countryside is covered in tailiings. Lots of nice Welsh choir singing, too much religion for my taste, but a fine example of '40s filmmaking all in all.

November 10, 2001

For the first time in many years, I trimmed my beard (with Harriet's help.) Looks really different! Also feels a bit itchy.

November 11, 2001

Rose at a ghastly hour to drive Harriet to the airport. She's taking her mother for a week-long Elderhostel watercolor class on Chesapeake Bay, so I'll be batching it for the next week.

Film: (DVD) Enemy at the Gate

Harriet doesn't generally like war movies, so this is a good chance for me to see some I've been wanting to see. This one is set in the battle of Stalingrad, and focusses on a duel between two snipers. There's also a romantic triangle involving the political commisar who makes the Russian sniper into a folk hero, and a woman soldier. Quite a cinematic accomplishment, featuring a huge built-from-scratch set representing war-torn Stalingrad, great special effects. Tonight ABC was broadcasting Saving Private Ryan, and I watched the first half hour of that, though I've seen the film twice before. (Still made me cry!) Enemy at the Gates certainly owes a strong stylistic debt to Ryan, though it's not nearly so great a film as Spielberg's masterpiece.

November 12, 2001

I'm mostly in a state of shock and glued to the radio after the plane crash in Queens. It hits home particularly because Harriet came from Queens. Video of the Far Rockaway neighborhood shows houses that look identical to those on th street she grew up on. Nobody knows what casued the crash, my suspicion is that it was a portable missle, possibly one of the Stingers that the U.S. distributed in Afganistan in the '90s.

November 13, 2001

Things look a lot brighter today! The word is that the plane crash was most likely an accident. Better yet, the Taliban is on the run, and Kabul has been liberated! It is devoutly to be hoped that there won't be a bloodbath...

Film: (DVD) The Patriot

Long ago, in a South Carolina far, far away...

This is a highly entertaining film, with spectacular production values, a gripping plot, and superb acting. Just remember that it's fiction, and, particularly, the atrocities shown didn't actually happen.

November 14, 2001

They're dancing in the streets of Kabul, men are showing their chins, women are showning their faces, and there's music everywhere.

It occurs to me that there's a generation of young children who have never heard music before. What will they make of it? Will they be instantly entranced? Will they be puzzled by these strange sounds? How will it affect their development...?

November 15, 2001

Film: (DVD) The Gondoliers

This Australian production is good musically, but rather a mixed bag as far as the acting is concerned. The Dutchess is played by a female impersonator who hams things up excessively. The Grand Inquisitor is also far too coy and hammy, and does a very exaggerated "Spanish" accent (nobody else uses a fake accent.)

The patter songs are mostly ruined by replacing Gilbert's words with material about Australian politics. The song "Small titles and orders" is given several undeserved encores.

The quartets and quintets were good, as were the costumes. The set was fair. There were mimes doing meaningless bits during the overture. Generally a fair to poor production.

November 16, 2001

Concert: Jack Langstaff

Revels founder Jack Langstaff is 80, but still going strong. I had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with him a couple of times, most recently in the 1995 Christmas Revels. He doesn't do much concertizing these days, but it was worth the waid. Jerry Epstein accompanied on various instruments.

November 17, 2001

Operetta: H.M.S. Pinafore M.I.T Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Good to see some of my old friends from MITGASP. I don't think this production was quite as good as the one George and I were in.

I took a bunch of photos.

November 20, 2001

Film: (DVD) The Unbearble Lightness of Being

How did I miss seing this before? This is an absolutely wonderful film, set in Czechoslovakia in 1968. It is full of beauty and sadness and humor and cheerful sex and gorgeous music by Janacek. Not to be missed!

November 21, 2001

Travel: New York City

This year Harriet's family Thanksgiving is in Manhattan. George had class that ran 'til 3, so we got a late start. We took the shore route to avoid driving into the setting sun on the Mass 'Pike. Hit lotsa traffic on 128 & 95, the whole trip took about 7 hours, including getting lost in Queens. Staying at the Empire Hotel, 63rd and Broadway, right in the heart of midtown.

We stopped near LaGuardia airport to check the map and find our way. As we were looking at the map, a guy knocked on my window, wanting to know if we had a funnel! He had run out of gas and gotten some in a plastic jug, but couldn't get it into his gas filler. He asked the right guy. We didn't have a funnel but I made one for him in half a minute by cutting the bottom off of a plastic Coke bottle we had in the car.

November 22, 2001

Thanksgiving. Actually saw the Macys Parade in the flesh for the first time. It was a lovely day, and the parade passed within a couple of blocks of our hotel.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Marty & Donna's house, a good time was had by all. One somewhat spooky note was their young grandson's book of his crayon drawings, almost all of which were views of the World Trade Center towers being hit by an airplane.

November 23, 2001

We went down as close as we could get to Ground Zero (which wasn't all that close.) It was a solid mass of humanity all trying to see what little could be seen. We had lunch at a very proletarian Chinese restaurant right next to Ground Zero.

We took the Subway to Times Square to buy same-day tickets. Got way-in-the-back seats for The Dance of Death.

We went to get dinner, settling for a place calld "Opera Espresso" just across from Lincoln Center. This turned out to be a very bad move. The place was one step up from a diner. Most of the party ordered pasta of some sort, but I asked for a cheeseburger (it is that kind of place.) For some unaccountable reason my cheeseburger was delayed and delayed, and only finally arrived after everybody else had finished eating.

Theatre: The Dance of Death by August Strindberg

This play, set on an island off the coast of Denmark was in many ways a precursor to Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf, as Daniel pointed out. It featured Helen Mirren and Sir Ian MacKellen, and was very good in its way.

November 24, 2001

Back from New York. Blue Colony Diner, Newtown, conn.

November 25, 2001

Photos of HMS Pinafore at M.I.T.:

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November 30, 2001

Film: (DVD) 42nd Street 1933

Amazing Busby Berkeley production numbers, amazingly bad acting, good fun nonetheless.

Film: (DVD) Spellbound Alfred Hitchcock 1945

Ingrid Bergman as a psychoanalyst in love with her patient, amnesiac Gregory Peck. Lots of silly psychobabble, but it is Hitchcock. **** is wonderful as Bergman's mentor, Dr. ****

December 1, 2001

Nym Sing-Hardwick, Mass.

Drove out to Hardwick with Harriet and George for the annual Christmas sing led by the inimitable Nym Cooke. Joy as always. I got to do my "king" solo in Good King Wenceslas, but messed up the third verse a bit...Nym had a new arrangement, and there was a page turn I couldn't handle too well whilst holding my royal staff in one hand.

We were actually early, which is a bit of a change...we often have had conflicts in the past. Last year we got lost in Worcester on the way up, but this time we made it OK. (I had downloaded detailed directions from Mapblast.com, then loaded them into Harriet's Palm so she could navigate while I drove.

Film: (DVD) Trainspotting

Much of this film was very funny, some pretty horrible (especially the dead baby.) It's a story of a bunch of Scottish smack adicts, but quite entertaning.

December 2, 2001

Our 22nd Wedding anniversary! We celebrated with a meal at Sol Azteca, in Brookline, where we used to go before Lamaze classes when Harriet was carrying Tova. Afterwards, we went to see:

Film: (DVD) Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone 2001

This was great fun, basically true to the very entertaining book.

December 5, 2001

Film: (DVD) SummertimeDavid Lean, 1955

Katherine Hepburn as an Ohio spinster visiting Venice, having an affair with Rossano Brazzi. This Criterion DVD was a great treat visually--it's all shot in Venice, and the original Technicolor separation negs were used to make the DVD. It's a pretty slow moving story, mainly relieved by the images of Venice.

December 8, 2001

Music: Brandeis University Early Music Society

A varied program of choral and chamber music. George played couple of different sizes of sackbuts, alto and tenor recorders. The performers were uneven, some had rather spotty intonation--but George was super. One of the pices had him on sackbut as the only accompaniment for a chorus of a dozen or more.

December 9, 2001

Music: The Brandeis University Symphony Orchestra

This was a really fine concert. This orchstra has an astonishingly fine string section, that would put many professional orchestras to shame. The concert began with Brandeis senior Tom Dawkins playing the Beethoven 3rd Piano concerto, and it was a barnburner. Unfortunately, Beethoven unaccountably neglected to provide a trombone part, so George wasn't in this.

After the intermission, they played Dvorak's Symphony #6, op. 60, which was also a triumph--all the more so for having George on trombone. He played second chair, with two hired ringers filling out the section.

December 12, 2001

Film: (DVD) The Maltese Falcon

I've seen this lots of times, always a favorite. This is the first time I've seen it on DVD, and, more interestingly, the first time I've seen it since Tova has become a grownup. I was struck by the resemblance between Tova and Mary Astor, both in terms of their facial structure and their acting style.

December 17, 2001

Book: Souls in the Great Machine, Sean McMullen 1999

This science fiction novel is set in Australia, about 2000 years in the future. A combination of war and technical catastrophe has set technology back to the equivalent of the late 18th century. Left over combat satellites have made the use of electricity virtually impossible, and religious strictures have banned combustion-based power generation of all sorts.

The widely separated city-states of South Australia are connected by railways. Some of the rolling stock is wind powered, the rest is pedal powered. Communication is by heliostats in great towers scattered around the countryside.

Life is further complicated by The Call, a mysterious recurring psychic compulsion that causes those its grip to wander off zombie-like into the desert to die. As a protection against this, people wear clockwork anchors that are released automatically after preset time periods.

All this changes when the Highliber, the chief librarian of one of the city-states creates a bio-mechanical computer, where prisoners with abaci run calculations in response to commands sent by an elaborate systems of cables and pulleys.

This was a little slow starting, but fascinating once I got into it. Definitely recommended for computer-savvy science fiction fans.

McMullen also wrote the excellent time-travel tale, The Centurion's Empire

Film: (DVD) Lolita Stanley Kubrick

I've got mixed feelings about this. It has been many, many years since I read the book, but I didn't get the feeling for Humbert's obsession that was conveyed by the book. Not sure how that could have been done in film, but I'd imagine that something more could have been done with voiceovers--but the Hollywood standards of the time were probably too strict to permit a true treatment of the book. Nonetheless, it was a pretty good film.

December 18, 2001

Plumbing problems again. Clogbusters came, ground out some more roots, and we're set for another while. I stayed home today and worked on the Harris Website, mainly a bit of reorgainizing of the pages dealing with various sorts of hubs.

Film: (DVD) The Mirror has Two Faces Barbra Streisand

A pretty lightweight, predictable film about trying to create a marriage without the physical dimension. Streisand was good, as was Lauren Bacall as her mother. An OK film.

December 20, 2001

Film: (DVD) Working Girl Mike Nichols, 1988

A class comedy, featuring Joan Cusak as a big-haired Staten Island secretary with brains and ambition, who passes herself off as an exective while her Wellesley alum boss (Sigourney Weaver) is hospitalized. She puts together a 70 million dollar network acquisition while working with (and falling in love with Harrison Ford.

The plot is predictable, but the acting is excellent, and the film is quite entertaining.

December 22, 2001

Harriet, George and I bought this year's Christmas tree. We had gotten them in the past from the Unitarian church across the street from the bike shop, but I'm miffed at them this year. They've got two huge banners saying "Holiday Trees" Whatthehell is a "holiday tree?" Izzat for the 4th of July, or Martin Luther King's birthday, or what? PC run amok! We found a nice little scotch pine over at Sacred Heart.

Opera: (DVD) Turandot Puccini

This wonderful DVD came from the library. It was made in Beijing with a cast of hundreds, right in the Forbidden City. Quite a spectacle. I've never seen Turandot in any format before, though I am somwhat familiar with the big tenor aria "Nessum dorma." Indeed, I always used to despise Italian opera, but I seem to be developing a taste for it.

December 23, 2001

Oops! We had Christmas Revels tickets waiting for us, but got the time wrong...I thought the show was at 8, but it turns out that the later Sunday shows are at 5, so we missed it! Bummer! We mt Tova and Ethan at Sanders Theatre, but no show. Instead we went home and opened up Tova's Christmas present early:

Film: (DVD) Hedwig and the Angry Inch

I didn't really expect to like this much, but I did. The story of a 17 year old East Berliner who gets a (botched) sex change operation so he can marry an American G.I. and get out of East Germany. He/she becomes a rock musician, and is seen touring low rent venues in the Midwest. Lots of excellent songs, fine acting, whimsical animation. Recommended, but not to prudes.

December 24, 2001

Film: (DVD) Backdraft Ron Howard

Thrill-a-minute film about Chicago firemen. Lots of flames and hairbreadth escapes.

December 25, 2001

A nice Christmas. Tova and Ethan came over for dinner, we sat around the tree and distributed gifts, then went over to a friend's house for dessert.

My sister gave me a very nice Sun Hemmi bamboo & ivory slide rule, among other things. Harriet and I gave ourselves an Epson 890 printer, but we haven't set it up yet. I gave Harriet:

Film: (DVD) Shrek

WOW! Buy the DVD! This film is wonderful in every respect!

December 26, 2001

Film: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001

We don't go out to movies that much, but we made an exception for this one, and it really is a good one to see on the Big Screen, partly 'cause it's gorgeous, and partly 'cause much of it is very dark, and probably won't show up too well on video.

It's been over 30 years since I read the books, so I can't claim to be an expert, but it seemed pretty faithful to me. Indeed, I recall, when I was reading the book, I often got Sauron and Saruman confused, which is not possible in the film.

I loved the Elvish architecture, "ancient" ruins, and the subterranean scenes particularly.

Rio 250

December 27, 2001

Film: (DVD) Lawrence of Arabia (Part 1)

This film has the reputation of being a grand spectacle, but Fellowshp of the Ring is a tough act to follow. Raiders of the Lost Ark really marked a fundamental change in the pacing of action/adventure films, and older films such as this one often seem excessively slow-moving. I got this from Netflix.com, and didn't realize that they were only going to send disc 1 of a two disc film. No biggie, I'll get part 2 later.

I was very surprised to see Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) sharing dinner with his Arab guide and eating with his left hand...

December 29, 2001

Show: The Christmas Revels

Finally made it after our screw-up last week. This show was set in England of the Tudors. Act 1 featured Walter Locke as an excellent Henry VIII. Act 2 replaced him with Elizabeth I. It seemed to me that the show could have used more up-tempo material, but there were some very fine bits.

Film: (DVD) The Insider Michael Mann, 1999

A loosely fact based film about the a fired tobacco exectuive/scientist who exposes the deliberate manipulation of nicotine by the cigarette companies, leading to the successful prosecution of the companies by the Mississippi attorney general. The lead character is Al Pacino as a television reporter trying, first, to get the story, and then to persuade CBS to air it despite threats of a lawsuit by Big Tobacco. A pretty good film.

December 30, 2001

Book: The Chip T.R. Reid, 1985, 2001

I've been a huge fan of T.R. Reid's reports on NPR, and that's why I bought his book. It is a history/biography of the inventors of the integrated circuit. If you're interested in the developoment of modern technology, it has some interesting material, but for me it spent too much time explaining elementary stuff like the binary system and simple atomic theory.
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The overall Booklist has been moved to a separate page.

Books reviewed on this page:
The ChipT.R. Reid12/30/01
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The overall film list has been moved to a separate page.

Films reviewed on this page:
42nd StreetNovember 30, 2001
BackdraftDecember 24, 2001
Battlefield EarthNovember 4, 2001
The Day of the JackalNovember 5, 2001
Enemy at the GateNovember 11, 2001
The GondoliersNovember 15, 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's StoneDecember 2, 2001
Hedwig and the Angry InchDecember 23, 2001
How Green was my ValleyNovember 9, 2001
The InsiderDecember 29, 2001
The Maltese FalconDecember 12, 2001
The Mirror has Two FacesDecember 18, 2001
My Left FootNovember 2, 2001
LolitaDecember 17, 2001
Lawrence of ArabiaDecember 27, 2001
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingDecember 26, 2001
The PatriotNovember 13, 2001
ShrekDecember 25, 2001
SpellboundNovember 30, 2001
SummertimeDecember 5, 2001
This is Spinal TapNovember 1, 2001
TrainspottingDecember 1, 2001
The Trouble with HarryNovember 4, 2001
TurandotDecember 22, 2001
The Unbearable Lightness of BeingNovember 20, 2001
Working GirlDecember 20, 2001

Music:
DatePerformersWorks
December 29, 2001The Christmas Revels, CambridgeChristmas Revels in Tudor England
December 9, 2001Brandeis University Symphony OrchestraBeethoven: Piano Concerto #3; Dvorak: Symphony #6
December 8, 2001Brandeis University Early Music SocietyVarious works
November 17, 2001M.I.T.G.a.S.P.Gilbert & Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore
November 3, 2001B.S.O., Federico CorteseIves: Ragtime Dances, Mozart Pf Conc #9 k271, Kurtäg: Grabstein für Stephan; Schubert, Sym. #4
Novembr 2, 2001Blue Man Group, Seiji OzawaBrahms: Symphony #1
October 6, 2001B.S.O., Seiji OzawaBrahms: Symphony #1
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 Christmas 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
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Plays:
November 23, 2001Helen Mirren, Ian McKellnThe Dance of Death-August Strindberg
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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Travels:
November 21-24, 2001New York City
October 16-19, 2001Cape Cod, Massachusetts
September 29-October 3, 2001Las Vegas, Nevada (Interbike Show)
June 16-23, 2001Nags Head, North Carolina
October 5-14, 2000Evanston, Illinois
September 30-October 2, 2000Ithaca, New York
June 22-25, 2000Urbanna, Virginia
October 7-13, 1999Chicago/Evanston, Illinois
August 19-28, 1999Ithaca, New York
August 12-13, 1999Ithaca, New York
July 23-25, 1999Bridgeton, Maine
November 25-28, 1998Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1988-89France, England
1980Yucatan, Mexico
1975England, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Turkey

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