Weekly Rochester Events #255: Who Dug Pompeii
Thursday, November 27, 2003Dang ... turkey day already. Anyway, I'm making progress on my self-employment (qua unemployement) in that I set up an account with HistLink.com to better track the people coming here. The idea is to prove that lots of people stop by to read this site to find out things to do in and around Rochester so I can then sell advertising space to local businesses. I'm not expecting to make tons of money, but I should be able to do fairly well. So far, it appears that my theories are correct about why people visit the site.
In classic style, though, I want to mention that I got to see Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble last week at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.). Now I'm not much for classical concerts ... this is more like the experimental edge of modern composers. I really liked two of the four compositions they performed. The first was "Khoom," composed by Giacinto Scelsi in 1962 and subtitled (I think) "Seven episodes of an unwritten tale of love and death in a distant land." I can't really explain it ... instruments ... a soprano ... uhh ... pretty cool is all I've got. The other one I liked was the last which was "Concerto for Four Groups of Instruments" composed in 1972-1973 by Peter Lieberson. It turned about a dozen performers on various instruments into one big instrument. Conductor Brad Lubman had them run through it again at the end and I thought they did better the second time around—the line between a dozen performers and one big instrument was much more blurred the second time around.
I thought it was neat because it reminded me of the experimental work I've seen from some of the less-known bands around here. The difference was that this seemed (by necessity) to be much more planned out. I couldn't tell offhand which I liked better ... planning seems eerie to me: the more structured and planned something is, the more similar it is to something mechanically produced. I guess I'll get another chance to see more at the Ossia New Music show.
Oh yeah ... I forgot to mention (well, more correctly, I decided to put this later in the note than usual) it's both the last Saturday of the month and O'Bagelo's (165 State Street) is closed for the weekend. Thus, let's go to Sue's DownTown Diner (155 State St.) next door. That way we can try it out without feeling guilty about not going to O'Bagelo's instead. I think they close at 1, so let's plan on getting there around 11:30 instead of noon. I know most people will be out of town, so we'll just see who shows up.
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