Monday, March 28, 2011

total remuneration for the president of Tokyo Electric and 20 other directors came to $8.9 million in fiscal 2009

"The electricity company has lost two-thirds of its value on the Tokyo stock exchange since the March 11 earthquake. Far more than just an electricity generator, the company has more than 40 subsidiaries involved in everything from real estate to forestry and recycling. It owns a Canadian uranium company, a Japanese resort, a shipping firm in the Bahamas and also a company in Delaware."

Washington Post

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hilary Hahn Is There For The Struggling People Of Japan

Thursday, March 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Baltimore, MD
Featuring: singer/songwriter Caleb Stine, violinist Yuka Kubota, pianist Yoshie Kubota, Baltimore School for the Arts students Tariq Al- Sabir and Robert Pate, and Suzuki students from the Peabody Preparatory
2640 Space at St. John’s

Friday, March 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Alexandria, VA
Featuring: Valentina Lisitsa
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Free, donations encouraged

Sunday, March 27 – 3 p.m.
Morrow, GA
Featuring: Valentina Lisitsa
Spivey Hall at Clayton State University

Monday, March 28 – 9 p.m.
Brooklyn, NY
Featuring: Josh Ritter, Chris Thile, and Caleb Stine
Galapagos Art Space

Presbyterian Disaster Relief

Direct Relief International


Photo credit: (c) Peter Vidor 2011. Copyright controlled. All rights reserved. [Corrected.]

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tonight -- And Forever -- Green

NHK Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 8PM

The Music Center at Strathmore Program, North Bethesda, Maryland (Metro Red Line)

Takemitsu Green

Elgar Cello Concerto

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Arts in Our Capitol

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– What do Washington arts institutions offer?
– How do they represent their offerings to the public?
– How do critics respond?

The Arts in Our Capitol
Winter Quarter, 2011, UCDC, Room 317, 6:00-9:00, Thursdays (usually)
Instructor: Roger Reynolds (UCSD Music Department)

January 6*, 13*
January 20, The Arena Stage
February 3*
February 11, [Friday] Library of Congress (daytime tour, through
evening Concert)
February 17*
February 24, Dancer Bill T. Jones, Kennedy Center
February 26, Museum Day (Saturday, daytime: National Gallery, Phillips
March 10*
* @ UCDC
Note: There are nine scheduled events compensating for the fact that
several field trips are longer than the normal UCDC meetings.
6 January [Thursday]:
General Introduction:
– Course Schedule
– The performing arts
– The visual arts
– Monuments of Washington
– Libraries in Washington
– Course Aims
13 January [Thursday]
Discussion of US Performing Arts Centers:
– Survey of Performing Arts Centers in the US: Lincoln
Center (New York), Music
Center (Los Angeles), Krannert Center (University of
Illinois), Kennedy Center
– Mission and Programming of the Kennedy Center,
– Publicity compared with newspaper and internet reviews.
– “Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative” initiative
aimed at assisting
performing arts centers throughout the country.


The Kennedy Center's new "Opera Conservatory Project" begins in Fall 2011.

Photo credit: Huma Temple, Orissi, India, by Chinmay Kumar Hota.
Via Wikipedia. With thanks.

In normal conditions, the fuel rods would be covered and cooled by water

"Earlier on Monday, the explosion at the Unit 3 reactor rocked the seaside nuclear complex. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported that injections of seawater into units 1 and 3 had been interrupted because of a low level in a seawater supply reservoir, but the seawater injections were later restored."

"Although Tokyo Electric said it also continued to deal with cooling system failures and high pressures at half a dozen of its 10 reactors in the two Fukushima complexes, fears mounted about the threat posed by the pools of water where years of spent fuel rods are stored."

"At the 40-year-old Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1, where the explosion Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor, the spent fuel pool, in accordance with General Electric’s design, is placed above the reactor"

"People familiar with the plant said there are seven spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi, many of them densely packed."

Image credits: (c) Copyright controlled.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Happy International Women's Day 2011

Photo credit: Stephen De Staebler "Two Women Walking" 1992. (c) Copyright controlled.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

New Under Sun -- Sir Harrison Birtwistle Violin Concerto

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2010)
World Premiere, March 3, 2011, Boston, United States

The commission was extended by the BSO through the generous support of the New Works Fund established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Program Notes by Robert Kirzinger

Image credits: James McNeill Whistler, Symphony in White & Red and Detail, Qi Kun Pavilion in the Winter Mountains Freer Gallery of Art Copyright © 2011 Smithsonian Institution