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Lisa Hirsch
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Brent Assink to step down from SFS next year.
Here's a shocker: Brent Assink, long-time Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony, has decided to step down from that post at the end of March, 2017. By then, he will have held the position for 18 years. Prior to tha...
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First cut on SFO Ring casting announcement.
No time until later for a full discussion and comparison with my predictions, but here are some of the leading roles. What was known Conductor: Donald Runnicles Wotan: Greer Grimsley Brünnhilde: Evelyn Herlitzius Loge: ...
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Changes in fall casting.
The first cast change of the San Francisco Opera's fall season was Nian Wang leaving the cast of Dream of the Red Chamber, with Irene Roberts joining. Now we've got two more, and one is, well, an eyebrow-raiser. The first is ...
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Critical tics that should be stamped out.
But maybe I'm wrong, because it's hard to see how this got past them: The story is heavy on melodrama. After an appealing choral scene for the contented Gypsies, an old man (here the stentorian bass Kevin Thompson) tells a s...
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Want to play in an orchestra with an LGBTQ focus? BARS is for you!
From the press release: COME PLAY WITH BAY AREA RAINBOW SYMPHONY (BARS). Alasdair Neale will be our guest conductor. Alasdair Neale is the music director of the Marin Symphony and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He was the former...
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A jujitsuka passes.
Professor Betty Maillette, founder of the jujitsu school where I started my studies long ago, died on Monday, August 22, 2016. She was 92. You can read a bit about her life here, in her obituary, and here, at the American Jud...
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Elizabeth DeShong is out of the Met Italiana.
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has withdrawn on account of illness from her scheduled performances as Isabella in the Met's L'Italiana in Algeri this fall. (Sorry to hear this; feel better soon!) The ramifications are as fol...
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My bet: Vänskä sticks around.
Thanks for an alert that I never canceled after the Minnesota Orchestra lockout ended and the orchestra carried on, I received a link the other day to an article by Terry Blain in the Minnesota Star Tribute. It's called "Shou...
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Met cast change.
From the Met comes news of a cast change for an upcoming opera; Rolando Villazon withdraws from Don Giovanni performances, to be replaced by Paul Appleby: Paul Appleby will sing the role of Don Ottavio in this season’s Septe...
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Farewell to a terrific singer, much MUCH too soon.
Shocked and saddened this morning to learn that South African tenor Johan Botha has died at the age of 51, apparently of cancer. I knew he'd canceled some appearances this summer, but that's not unusual for a singer. I saw hi...
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Changes at SFS.
Received today: 2nd Violin: Helen Kim will begin her Audition Year as Associate Principal Second Violin. Bass: Lee Philip will fill the position of Acting Associate Principal Bass as a one-year sub. Oboe: ...
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What the maestro isn't saying.
No, actually, that is not what the BSO press release says, but most of us can read between the lines when Andris Nelsons announces to the Tanglewood audience that he'll be there for four weeks and ten concerts next summer. Fr...
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Technical writer, nidan, alto
Introduction
Technical writer, nidan, alto
Bragging rights
I have more Ring recordings than you do. On Blogger since Oct. 31, 2004. And I have my own jujitsu dojo.
Education
  • Berkeley Dan Zan Ryu
    Teach jujitsu, 7 - present
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • Brandeis
  • Laurel Jujitsu
    1982
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Technical and Music Writer; Jujitsu teacher (Berkeley Dan Zan Ryu)
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California
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Teaneck, NJ - Boston - Long Island - Waltham - Oakland
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