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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Florestan's Avatar
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    I had this list for the 2020/2021 season here at the University of Michgian, Ann Arbor. First two are cancelled! I maybe can still try for the Mariinsky Orchestra in February.

    The Berlin Philharmonic (Fri 11/13/2020: Hill Auditorium)
    Webern Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1
    Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 11
    Brahms Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98

    Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
    Handel’s Messiah
    Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:30 pm
    Sunday, December 6, 2020 2:00 pm

    Mariinsky Orchestra
    Saturday, February 13, 2021 8:00 pm
    Debussy Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (reduced ver. – C. Abbado)
    Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Egyptian”
    Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Op. 72
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    My apologies to all for my dropping off the face of the earth.

    If you recall, I moved from Washington, DC/environs to Rancho Mirage, CA in February, 2020. California closed down for the pandemic about 3 weeks after I moved into my house. To date, I have avoided Covid, but managed to run into other issues.

    I started losing strength in my legs 3 or 4 years ago, when I recall that I vaguely became aware of a change in my walking pattern - my left leg started scuffing when I walked. While I still manage some walking with friends here, I no longer do the daily 8 mile walks I used to do, which resulted in my listening to much less opera... My medical adventure on that front still is underway, but at the moment, Drs here seem to think it's the remnants of a congenital benign tumor of the blood vessels I started dealing with when I was a kid that now is pressuring my spine. That's the thinking for now - I was pretty terrified of an ALS diagnosis for a while, which now doesn't seem to be the case.

    Then, of course, the natural fallout of everything is that my travel habit - like everyone else - came to a sudden halt. No more Berlin, no more opera houses, separation from family on the east coast, etc. My favorite thing in the world - sitting and deciding where to go next came to a full stop.

    So, it doesn't hurt that I found a sweet house and spent a small fortune on fixing up the yard and pool (with a view of the mountains). Summers here are an acquired taste with temperatures occasionally hitting in the low 120 F range - the heat has abated some the last couple of weeks into the 110s, so not much outdoors stuff happening at this time of year. The winter season, though is pretty glorious.

    The hardest thing - as someone who lived to see live opera - has been debating with myself if and when - or whether - it ever will be safe enough to again venture back into the opera house. The performing arts, as a largely indoor activity, took the hardest hit from the pandemic. Somehow, the idea of sitting indoors with a thousand or two thousand (or, at the Met, four thousand) of my closest friends, now is hard to imagine. I am tempted, though - maybe with a third shot - of taking a short trip to Chicago for Macbeth later this month. The LA Opera will be staging Tannhäuser in November. What can go wrong?

    During the lull in May, June and early July - after last spring's Covid surges - my sisters were able to come and visit and I was able to travel to Cape Cod over July 4th and down to DC for a week to see friends. I was in Jackson Hole, WY last weekend for a nephew's wedding, which was lovely, but have had about enough of family to hold me over for awhile. Enough said on that.

    I've gotten better about queuing up an opera in the afternoons, which gets me thinking of you guys. I sat and listened to the Orfeo/Zubin Mehta, Anneliese Rothenburg/Fritz Wunderlich/Reri Grist Die Entführung aus dem Serail from 1965 yesterday and realized you are the only ones who care.

    After a morning swim, I'll decide today's listen.

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