Cello variations

In listening to Bach’s Cello Suites, like I mentioned in this past Weekly Rundown,  I’m reminded of when I purchased my first copy of this album. I was in Chicago, I think February of 2010. I was there doing an audition for an MFA program, which I didn’t get into, but the night before I walked around the City.

I love Chicago. It has all the things I like about New York, with a little more organization. Strange that I should value organization in urban planning, but it was nice to walk a city block and know that the next block would be equidistant.

In a Barnes & Noble downtown, I purchased two CDs – Bach Cello Suites performed by Ralph Kirshbaum from Virgin Classics; and La Boheme, Puccini’s opera with Tebaldi, Bergonzi, Bastianini, and Serafin, from Decca’s Compact Opera Collection.

That same trip I saw Tracy Letts, Patrick Andrews, and Francis Guinan, in Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Steppenwolf Theatre.

I’d only been to Chicago one other time before that when I was very young, and I’m not sure when I’ll go back.

Week’s Highlights

Some of the things that caught my interest this week.

  • Beetlejuice the Musical. Well, I seem to be heading to New York in September. It’s odd how things happen so quickly. But, I’ll be attending this musical while up there, and hopefully seeing a few more.
  • The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, with book by Emanuel Schikaneder & Carl Ludwig Giesecke. I was tuning in to the radio station I do my show for, and heard this piece from Die , where the baritone was singing “papagena, papagena, papagena.” I thought that I could sing the whole piece, so I borrowed the music from my friend and accompanist and began working on my German… which is atrocious.
  • Online shopping vs. in-person, with relation to adverse weather conditions. Did you know rainy days can increase online sales?
  • Newly-created interest in video games, as it pertains to my weekly recording sessions, has led me to some previously-unvisited corners of the internet. If you’re looking for free games to play, try this piece from Games Radar.