Thursday, December 27, 2012

Highlights of 2012

Although my left ear was pronounced stone deaf this year, I re-connected with music after several years of ignoring and avoiding it because of the quality of the sound I was hearing. I discovered that I can enjoy certain kinds of music particularly in acoustically superior settings.  Some of my personal  highlights, music and otherwise, of 2012.....

  • The LA Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel all Beethoven concert
  • The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam - Netherlands Philharmonic playing Brahms
  • Creme puffs, wine and laughter on Barbara's deck
  • Madame Butterfly opening LA Opera
  • The San Diego Symphony Rhapsody in Blue concert
  • The double Thanksgiving dinners in Northern California
  • The revival Book Club reading of Wolf Hall
  • Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum    
  • Dinner for six at the Plaisterer's Inn, Winchcombe England
  • The Military Tattoo in Edinburgh 
  • Sailing through Loftgren Islands on the coast of Norway
  • Dido and Aeneas  - the final lament, sung at St. Giles Church in Edinburgh 
Speaking of lists, here's a great compilation from the New Yorker:
The Hundred Best Lists of all Time

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