Monday, August 27, 2012

alyeska by christel veraart

Between May and October, the German airline Condor offers flights over the North-Pole and within ten hours you can then fly from Anchorage to Frankfurt. The breathtakingly beautiful landscapes that you can view from above formed the inspiration for Alyeska.

Alyeska is an archaic spelling of the Aleut word Alaska meaning mainland, great country, or great land. Alyeska, in loose translation, also means the object towards which the action of the sea is directed, or that which the sea breaks against.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

maria joão pires, recommended listening

Pianist Maria João Pires was born in Lisbon in 1944 where she made her first public performance at the age of seven.  She has appeared all over the globe with all the major orchestras and is also a keen performer of chamber music.

I have admired this performer for years, and will never forget the time she played at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and realized, at the opening notes of the orchestra, that she had prepared for the wrong Mozart concerto.  That is a performer's worst nightmare and one can only imagine the shock she must have felt. Nevertheless, she handled the transition flawlessly and played the correct concerto entirely from memory.

A wonderful pianist to pull off such a feat. Here's another recording with her as pianist, recorded earlier this year in Paris.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

launching creative clinics

With Creative Clinics, musician and artist Christel Veraart has developed a place for you to find your voice. A place where moments of joy and loss can become a source of inspiration, to share with others.

Creative Clinics inspire self-expression and transform life's challenges into creative, multi-media projects. 

Through Creative Clinics you will share a story you would like to tell, convert a box of photos into living images, or even capture a tune that floats inside your head

Creative Clinics are designed for individuals or groups and are open to anyone older than eight.

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