Bloomberg article on orchestras (Aug. 21, 2012)

Words you never want attributed to you: Allison Vulgamore…said bankruptcy was the right choice.

This article is an overview of the different tactics being applied in the orchestra world (US) and predates the Atlanta and Indianapolis lockouts, which are ongoing as of this date.


The Philadelphia Orchestra in China, 1973

Francis B. Tenny’s memoir of PO China tour

“The Philadelphia Orchestra trip was arguably one of the major initiatives to foster rapprochement between the U.S. and China. Frank Tenny, officer in charge of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs program for East Asia and the Pacific at the time was assigned escort officer for this historic trip…”

Mr. Tenny: “When Henry Kissinger reopened cultural exchanges with China, I accompanied the Philadelphia Orchestra on their China tour during the Cultural Revolution.”

September 24 concert

I played at the Cosmopolitan Club tonight. Here is the program:

Kodály Zoltán Sonata for solo cello in b minor, Op. 8 (1915)
I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato

J. S. Bach Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello
IV. Sarabande
Benjamin Britten Suite No. 1 for solo cello, Op. 72
Canto primo

Darius Milhaud Elégie (1945)

J. S. Bach Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello
II. Allemande
III. Courante

Fryderyk Chopin Sonata for cello and piano in g minor, Op. 65
II. Scherzo
III. Largo

Gaspar Cassadò Suite for solo cello (1926)
I. Preludio—Fantasia

David Popper Elfentanz, Op. 39

Ingredient failure!

Well, tonight I’m making steak and red pepper hummus wraps. I’m halving most of the recipe, so when it called for two red peppers, I only put one on the grill to make it easy to peel. 10 minutes later and I take it off the grill, but realize why it was so heavy — it’s a tomato! It looked like a strange red pepper, but it was from the farmers market. Here’s a pic of the steak and tomato:


Here’s the finished dish


So, the dish is home-made hummus:
1 can garbanzos
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp. tahini (optional)
2 roasted red bell peppers (or substitute an accidental tomato for one of the peppers), skinned (juiced or you’ll have runny hummus)
pinch of cayenne
1 tbsp. of lemon juice (about 1/2 whole)
1 tap. Salt (or was it 1/2? Better check or adjust after blending!)
1/4 cup olive oil

Leftover skirt steak from the grilled steak a few nights ago, cut into bite-sizes pieces and reheated in a pan
Warm up whole-wheat tortillas, 1/person
Spread a tablespoon of hummus on the tortilla. Add a slice or two of tomato, a handful of spinach (be generous), and the steak. Throw a little cheese on top (feta is good) and eat.

Very tasty and healthy. There was peach, yogurt and honey for dessert, but we had a different one because I wanted to wait an extra day to ripen the peaches — it’s been too cold here lately and the peaches in all the markets are a bit hard.