Artistic fun or vocation

first_imgIn the open ocean of the professional music world, being a Harvard student is an eyebrow-raiser when applying for summer programs or graduate schools, and mystifying as this is to those familiar with Harvard’s celebrated musical alums — (Ma, Bernstein, Carter) — admissions committees’ skepticism is not groundless. How on earth, conservatory-trained musicians wonder (aloud, to many of us), could anyone simultaneously keep up with a Harvard workload and steadily improve as a musician?The answer lies in the bizarre blend of Harvard as an institution and of the personalities and attitudes of Harvard students. Harvard does not offer a performance degree to its student performers, yet there are on campus a few student-run arts groups that resemble professional companies far more closely than do their counterparts at conservatories, and that arguably give students a fuller, more rigorous artistic foundation.Let’s take the Dunster House Opera, founded in 1992. It is, well, an opera company — that’s the fact that took the longest to sink in for me when I first heard about it. Maybe, I thought, they perform hit arias with piano accompaniment for fun. Or maybe they just sit around and talk about Pavarotti.Er, no. The Dunster group annually performs a fully staged production of a major work of the operatic repertoire whose cast, conductor, director, staff, and orchestra are culled entirely from Harvard’s undergraduate population. Last year, it performed Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” an enormously challenging score that demands a cast with utter rhythmic and harmonic assurance, an orchestra and chorus with extraordinary stamina and stylistic unity, and a conductor with the confidence to weave it all together.This sort of organization is unique to the School precisely because of what it lacks — a voice program, opera performance specialists — and what it has — students who are happy to overburden themselves with commitments if they love something enough. In the case of this company, that means singers doubling as set builders, conductors as publicity agents. All hands are on deck when needed: The cast and staff even have to build the set before each performance and dismantle it afterward, nightly transforming Dunster House’s dining hall into an opera house and back.The members of such organizations are not working for a grade or to please anyone but themselves, yet they hold themselves to professional standards. The question of whether this spirit of self-sufficiency and camaraderie would survive if Harvard increases opportunities for University-funded study of performance is a sensitive one to many students (musicians and actors), some of whom maintain that it is precisely these groups’ independence from any structure resembling that of a conservatory that makes them special.This is a fair point but a bad argument against adding performance programs. If Harvard were to grant degrees in the study of music and theater performance, it would attract even more professional-level performers, who would become involved in these organizations. Students would be able simultaneously to get better preparation in class and participate in student-run groups that function like professional companies. In other words, the welcome fruits of Harvard’s past informality would survive even as Harvard grows. Harvard’s miraculous student arts companies would grow right along with it.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

Local health facility urges patients to use virtual health clinic

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— MidMichigan Health Center is cracking down on face to face visits. The healthcare facility is urging patients to use the Virtual Health Clinic to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.The Virtual Health Clinic offers the option for patients to set up appointments and provides a video visit with a doctor where a physical exam is not required. For many of the MidMichigan locations, facility hours are shorter and some of the clinics and walk in services have closed.Patients who are needing to be seen in person are asked to wear a cloth mask covering the mouth and the nose upon entering the building. If an individual does not have a mask, they will not be turned away and will receive one at the door.If you wish to make an appointment online you may call   1–888–591–0500.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local health departments issue emergency orderNext Alpena County Library provides online resources for the publiclast_img read more

Nor’easter Hits Shore Area in All the Usual Places

first_imgStory by John Burton – Photos by Tina ColellaFlooding from Tuesday’s nor’easter that hit all the shore communities in Monmouth County was what those who live and travel through the area have come to know all too well: portions of roads were closed and you proceed through the water at your own and your vehicles’ risk.Sea Bright of course, had the most damage.Nearby Rumson, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch also suffered extreme flooding in some areas, re-routing traffic and rescuing drivers in flooded vehicles.Sea Bright Office of Emergency Management Director C. Read Murphy said of this storm, “This was a little bit stronger than a lot of the nor’easters but a short duration.”And during that brief but heavy storm, some of the borough streets prone to flooding, had as much as two-to-four feet of standing water on them for parts of Tuesday and into late Wednesday morning, he said, extending through three high tides.The areas that had the deepest flooding were some side streets on the borough’s very northern and southern end facing the Shrewsbury River and a portion of Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36, according to Murphy.Oceanport – Monmouth Boulevard“We had some significant flooding in low lying areas similar to other municipalities,” said Borough Administrator/Clerk Thomas Rogers. “The low lying areas are in the south of the borough and requires us to close roadways and detour traffic during the high tides.”“When the tides receded, the roads cleared,” he said. “Today  (Wednesday) there was some ponding on some properties.  It’s a normal occurrence during a soaking rain.”Oceanport had some significant flooding in the marine area and Monmouth Beach had some flooding on both the Shrewsbury River west end of the borough and some along Ocean Avenue as well.“We had some flooding throughout the town but no major catastrophes,” John O.  Bennett III, Oceanport Borough Administrator.The borough closed the usual streets that usually flood Oceanport Ave., Arnold St., and Bridgewaters Drive.“The old borough hall was shown to be unacceptable again,” he said referring to the former borough hall that floods just about during every storm.He confirmed again it would be a problem to retain the existing building,Once the waters receded by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday “everything worked out fine,” Bennett said.Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, said, “the water was really high especially along Oceanport Avenue.”“The water was almost level with the tops of the bulkheads,” she said. “But all of us who live here know which way to drive out.”No homes were reported flooded, however, she said.A couple of days prior to Monday night’s and Tuesday’s storm had strong northeast winds, which Murphy said, “exacerbated the water situation,” contributing to the flooding.This is a common occurrence during high tides and storms and borough residents have come to adapt to it, he noted. However, “The biggest problem were people driving thorough the water,” he observed, “and cars breaking down.”That happened to four vehicles, requiring borough employees to haul them out in Sea Bright alone.last_img read more

Kannibelles clean up on Raggedy Rollers in All-star exhibition action in Golden City

first_imgIt’s obvious from the final score the Kootenay Kannibelles are in mid-season form.The Kannibelles scored early, often before adding more points later en route to a 252-25 shellacking of the OSRD’s Raggedy Rollers Saturday in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby action at the Rossland Arena.“The lopsided score is pretty simple — we vastly outplayed them from the first jam,” Kannibelles Bobbi “Beretta Lynch” Barbarich told The Nelson Daily.“Last year, (Raggedy Rollers) were quite similar to us in physicality. But this game proved our focus on strategy, in addition to our somewhat notorious fitness levels and ability to hit, is what is currently placing us in the top five western teams.”The game was the first of the all-star season for the Kannibelles, which hosts the Western Regionals June 15-17 at the NDCC in Nelson. Kootenay, which only defeated the Raggedy Rollers by 30 points last season, started strong and easily jumped to a 100-11 before coasting to the win in the second half.“We’re spending a lot of time on our defensive plays, locking out the opposing jammer, rather then focusing on the offence, which would be to help our jammer,” Barbarich said, asked what made the first game so dominant for the Kannibelles.The Kannibelles consist of players from the five West Kootenay Flat Track Roller Derby League — Rossland Gnarlies Angeles, Babes of Brutality of Salmo, the Killjoys and Lumber Jackies from Nelson, Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Slocan Valley Vendetas and Trail’s Bad New Betties.Saturday’s game was the lone home contest for Kootenay.However, the squad will get more chances to refine their game when the Kannibelles takes to the road.“We will travel to Vancouver at the end of May to prep for the (Western Regional) tournament,” Barbarich said.“We’re anticipating a top place finish, having won all four games this season, and losing only two last season,” she added.“This year we’re exceptionally determined to put the Kootenays at the forefront of Canadian derby (with a good showing at Westerns).”last_img read more

Man who led Gardai on high-speed chase pulled up outside Garda station

first_imgA man who led Gardai on a high-speed chase before pulling up outside a Garda station claims he thought undercover officers were other people out to get him.Neil Lynch took off at speed after being approached by Gardai in an unmarked patrol car in Co Donegal on December 14th last. The 41-year-old was parked outside a garage in the village of St Johnston when he saw a car approaching him.He sped off towards the village of Carrigans as Gardai pursued him with their siren on and flashing blue light activated.Lynch increased his speed and then entered onto the wrong side of the road before eventually pulling up outside Carrigans Garda station.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client did not know he was being pursued by Gardai but by other individuals.Judge Paul Kelly replied incredulously “With sirens and blue flashing lights?”Mr Gallagher replied that his client did have a chequered past.He said this was the same man who drove a lorry with a tricolour on it through Armagh on July 12th.However, he said Lynch was now trying to move on with his life and was working as a digger driver in Dublin and earning €700 per week.“He seems to have turned over a new leaf and I am asking the court to see if he will abide by the law. If he is working and providing then it will be better all ’round,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Kelly said he was “very sceptical” about someone who drives away from a car with sirens and blue lights flashing on it.He added that Lynch, of Tullyowen, St Johnston, had an appaling record.He adjourned the case until May 17th and ordered Lynch to undertake the Pro-Social Driving course.Man who led Gardai on high-speed chase pulled up outside Garda station was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chasecourtGardaiNeil LynchSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Cloughaneely Golf Club: Full details as Open Week prepares to get underway

first_imgCloughaneely Golf Club is a 9 Hole Parkland Course located near Falcarragh, offering great value, excellent greens and an excellent test of golf.All visitors are welcome to come to check out the golf course with a variety of different competitions, with the Cloughaneely Golf Club 2019 Open Week running from Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st July.These are Open to Ladies and Gents with GUI or ILGU handicaps. Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola would like to thank all our generous sponsors: Gweedore Bar, Boyces Centra Falcarragh, Óstán Loch Altan, Sharkey’s Waste, Letterkenny Driving Range, Lafferty’s Supermarket Creeslough, Jimi Gallagher PGA Letterkenny and McClafferty’s Eurospar Gortahork. Please support our sponsors.The Open Week kicks off on Tuesday 16th July with a 3 Ball Scramble.The entry fee is €8 Members and €12 for Visitors.Please book a tee time by calling 074 9165416 or on http://www.cloughaneelygolfclub.ie/book-a-tee-time/ Cloughaneely Golf Club, in Falcarragh, was officially opened in 1996. This beautiful parkland nine-hole course is situated in the rolling meadows of the 17th John Olphert Landlord Estate which in later years was known as the grounds of Holy Cross College.The challenging par 70 course is a test for any golfer’s handicap and at the same time offers plenty of scope for the beginner.Green Fees are very reasonable priced at €15pp midweek and €20pp at weekends with great tee time availability.Is caitheamh aimsire é an galf a imrítear go laethúil, agus is lárionad é Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola don phobal Gaeltachta seo, chomh maith le bheith ina bhuntáiste mór don cheantar ó thaobh turasóireachta agus áiseanna de.Tá spiorad ar dóigh sa chlub seo agus tá muid iontach, iontach gníomhach leis an chlub a chur chun cinn. Chomh maith leis sin, bíonn go leor Gaeilge á labhairt sa chlub achan lá agus baill ag teacht chugainn ó roinnt de na bailte fearainn is láidre sa tír ó thaobh na Gaeilge de. Next time you are in the North West Donegal come visit us and enjoy our lush fairways, undulating greens and superb local scenery.Beidh fáilte romhat go Cumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola.Take a look at the course in all its glory below!Cloughaneely Golf Club: Full details as Open Week prepares to get underway was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa shines at Precision Flying Champs

first_imgTeam South Africa excelled at the 2011 precision flying champs, coming second in the team landing category and fourth overall. South Africa’s Hans Schwebel came second overall in the landing category. Poland’s Michal Wieczorek was named the individual precision flying world champion for 2011. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Izelle Hoffman MGMT Marketing and Media +27 83 388 4484 RELATED ARTICLES • Precision Flying World Champs in South Africa • Bid for in-flight mobile phone use • New low-cost airline for rural SA • Govt offers aviation, maritime careers • Air show gives wings to young dreamsNicky RehbockTeam South Africa put in an impressive performance at the 20th Precision Flying World Championships, recently held in North West province, demonstrating how accurately and safely local pilots can handle aircraft without the aid of modern technology.South Africa came second in the team landing category, with squad member Hans Schwebel being named the runner-up for the landing trophy. This was the first time the event has been hosted in the country.Precision flying competitions test the fundamental skills of pilots flying solo in single-piston engine aircraft. Armed with just a compass and map, participants have to follow a precise flight path while sticking to a tight time limit, complete observation tasks from the air to the ground while navigating the plane, and make inch-perfect landings on short, narrow airstrips with trees and other obstacles on the approach.The sport is the aerial equivalent of orienteering.With ever-increasing automation in modern planes such skills aren’t put to the test in everyday commercial flight, meaning that those who compete in precision flying “represent the cream of the crop in terms of good, solid aviation practice”, says director of the 2011 champs Antony Russell.This year’s championships included host team South Africa, as well as participants from Norway, France, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand, UK and Germany.Poland was named the overall team winner, with member Michal Wieczorek being crowned the individual world champion for 2011. Czech Republic came second, France third and South Africa fourth.‘Felt proud to be South African’South Africa’s Hans Schwebel has been competing in the sport since 1994, with 2011 being the 18th time he has represented the country at the world champs. He’s a private pilot living in Brits, North West, and has his own business, which gives him the flexibility to practise as often as he can. He started preparing for this event three months ago, flying as often as three times a week.“But there’s always stiff competition from overseas – a lot of the competitors are commercial pilots who fly and get to practise every day. There are also far more precision flying competitions and events in Europe than here,” he says.Schwebel believes precision flying has made him a better pilot.“Today with all the modern GPS systems, you press a knob and it tells you exactly where to go. But when there’s a failure in the airplane, most of the pilots don’t know what to do anymore. With precision flying you do it the old way – you have a map and a compass and you follow the road,” he says.“The highlights of this year’s competition were coming second and the camaraderie from the South African team – it made me feel very patriotic. It’s a very special feeling. It’s also a way of giving back to the country. I want to encourage more youngsters from this country to join the sport – and I hope that my performance this year serves as an example to them that it is possible to excel.”The next precision flying world champs will be held in two years’ time, probably in Europe, and Schwebel says he’s going to do all he can to make the national team again.‘I love this country’One of the youngest competitors at this year’s event, 30-year-old Michal Wieczorek is a commercial pilot working for a charter airline in Poland. He’s been flying for 11 years and participated in his first international airsport event in 2003 at Sun City, also in North West.He attributes his love of flying and talent for precision flying in particular to his father, who also used to compete and excel in the discipline.“The flying conditions in South Africa are very different from those in Europe. Because it’s so hot, you have to fly at higher density altitudes, which decreases the performance of the aircraft. Navigation in South Africa is also completely different – there’s bush everywhere. The first few days of practice here were very hard for me,” he says.It was determination and cool-headed landings which clinched the 2011 title for Wieczorek.“After the second navigation stage I thought I had no chance of even coming in the top three, but the landings stage on last day of the competition changed everything. There’s a lot of pressure to make the perfect landing and if the nerves catch you, it’s over – but I felt less pressure because I didn’t expect to win. When I thought the game was over for me, I just wanted to end it off with good landings – unlike Czech Republic’s Jiri Filip, who did well in the first stages and the pressure was on for him. But I can say I fought ’til the end.”He says competing in South Africa this year was like coming home.“This is my third time in South Africa. I really enjoy being here – I love this country. South Africans are very hospitable and helpful – I’ve got many friends here and I feel at home.”Wieczorek believes one of the reasons why former Eastern bloc countries do well in precision flying is because of a familiarity with older planes and less advanced automatic navigation systems.“We don’t have that many aircraft with modern avionics. We train in old planes. Although they’re in very good condition, they don’t have GPS systems – we have to use a map and conventional navigation techniques as you have to do in precision flying.”But it’s also Poland’s coach, Andrzej Osowski, who primed the team for this year’s champs.“Andrzej gives us a hard time and trains us well. He’s being doing it for more than 25 years and is very good at what he does.”Wieczorek says his aim now is to defend his title at the next world championships and participate in the sport for as long as he can.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandler

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandlerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with the progress of Philippe Sandler.Former PEC defender Sandler was on the bench for this week’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Leicester City.”We were planning to take him on tour for preseason, but unfortunately he came to us with injuries,” said Guardiola.”He has started training again in recent months and I have to say that he played’s awesome with the youngsters. It is not easy if you go back to a second team or a team of youngsters, but he has helped his teammates a lot and that says a lot. “We will now decide what is best for him, for the club and for his future perspective.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incident

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham to issue lifetime ban to supporter for Deeney incidentby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United are set to ban a supporter for life from their stadium.The Hammers are furious at a fan who tossed a coffee cup at Troy Deeney when they lost 2-0 to Watford.Deeney is the Watford skipper and he had the cup thrown at him when he celebrated the penalty that gave his side the opening goal.A West Ham statement read: “The Club is aware of the incident and will be working to identify the offender.”In line with our zero tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police and will face a lifetime ban from London Stadium.”There is no place for this kind of behaviour at our stadium.”An FA spokesperson added: “The referee (Lee Mason) has reported the incident and we will be looking into it.” last_img read more