Archive | February 1, 2014

‘The English Concert’ At the Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop On Jan. 31, 2014 Was An Absolute Magical Experience!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

Anura Guruge

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The beguiling ‘Wind Machine’ to the right.

The program. Some small changes. The first piece was in ‘F Major’ I think and the intermission was after the 2nd piece not the 3rd.

If I had to describe last night’s very magical, near divine,
‘The English Concert’ at the Dartmouth HOP
in two words I would use would be:

lilting & stirring.

Other words that could be used around those two

would be:

soothing, inspiring, mesmerizing, virtuosic and gratifying.

These, obviously, on top of the ‘magical’ and ‘divine’
that I had already used.

At the intermission I heard a gentleman leaving the auditorium saying: Fantastic!
That works too.


This is a ‘Theorbo’. They had one, as is shown in all their publicity photos, though not as fancy. It reminded me of a Sitar. Appears I was on the right track. Related to the Lute. Click for Wikipedia entry …

Another huge cap in the feather for the HOP. This was yet another HOP concert where you definitely felt privileged to be a part of. During the entire 2-hour concert, other than the rousing music coming from the stage there was nary a sound from the packed audience. Everybody was watching, listening and enjoying — enthralled. This was one heck of a tour tour de force. It was very professional. Made me feel very proud to be British (though I really don’t need any excuses to feel as such).

The intermission was after the first two pieces. When it came, as is my wont, I checked my watch. It was 8:57. They have performed for ~52 minutes. It felt like only 20 minutes had elapsed. They had slowed down time! They sure transported you, quite literally, to a different age. You could just feel it. It was like a magic show done in music.

The ‘Wind Machine’ was a riot. Had everybody intrigued until it finally got its few minutes of glory. I could learn to play that.

Of course, going in, we all knew that this was a world class outfit. Well, they proved that — conclusively.

The acoustics of the HOP Spaulding Auditorium are superb. It was great setting to hear this lilting music — so different to the more ponderous ‘inspirational’ music of that era.

The Georg Philipp TelemannTrumpet Concerto in D Major‘ was a revelation to me. Wow. Wow. Wow. I want to share it with you, because I know you will just love it. I can’t find it on YouTube performed by ‘The English Concert’. So I have to use another … I am sure that what we heard last night, performed by Mark Bennett was better. But, enjoy.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.

It has been quite a week for us in terms of top-notch entertainment.

Sunday: Katie McNally & the Strathspey & Reel Society

Wednesday: UNH Chinese New Year Gala

Thursday: Clearlakes Chorale rehearsal

Friday: The English Concert.

Not bad for cold week, in the midst of winter, in New Hampshire!

‘Free Fillable Forms’ For 2013 (via the IRS) Now Available.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
by Anura Guruge

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It is there. As promised.

No fuss. No drama. Same as ever.

Even if you used it last year, you still have to CREATE
a new account for 2013.

It does NOT carry-over previous year’s logon credentials.
So you start afresh each year.

Forms seems slightly more slicker …

I didn’t do much. I have only received 17.5% of the 1099s etc. that I need!

I can’t even start to think about doing my taxes till the 3rd week in March
— and even then I could get hit with an amended 1099 from Fidelity.

Beautifully Drawn Google Doodle To ‘Celebrate’ U.S. African-American Abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Google does NOT specify what anniversary we are celebrating.
Her birthday is not known.
But this is still good.

Click images to access Google Doodle.

Link updated
to provide access from the Google Doodle Archive.

Click to access Wikipedia entry.

Click to access Wikipedia entry.

I could be wrong, but this appears to be the first in this ‘abolitionist’ genre.

Did a search on ‘Frederick Douglass’. Nothing so far.

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