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Astronomy and dandruff

rsc and I went to the MFA this afternoon before going to the Ben Heppner concert at Jordan Hall (tenor, usually in Opera). We particularly wanted to see the Olympic Games exhibit and the Hoop Skirt exhibit, It turns out the Skirt exhibit closes early on Friday and we went in the wrong order so we didn't see it. We did see the Joseph Sudek photo exhibition some of whose pictures were interesting.

In the Temporary exhibit section they always have some weird and interesting stuff. This time it was Wyn Evans. They say:
The work of Cerith Wyn Evans defies easy categorization .
In one room there were 7 blinking chandeliers. Associated with each chandelier was a LCD screen displaying the running of a morse code translator and it displayed the text corresponding to the blinking chandelier. What was particularly amusing is at the bottom of one of these screens was a Windows message box about Virtual Memory running low - I assume this wasn't part of the exhibition, but you never know.

In another room was a sign that said (I hope I got it right):
Thoughts unsaid ... then forgotten ...
just another elapsure of time designated
There was also at a corner of a wall the following painted on it it huge letters
With the advent of Radio Astronomy in the early 60's techniques
of the mapping of space made enormous technical advantages

(a few words omitted because of ridicule by rsc for my use of my palm pilot instead of pencil and paper)
discovering formations in the Southern Hemisphere erroneous cataloged
after inconsistencies in the photographic emulsion - Solar Systems
identified from particles of dust and Galaxies from dandruff.

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Oh, right, blame me because of failures in your inappropriate technology.

How was the Heppner recital? I should have tried to get rush tickets.

There were plenty of seats - it wasn't sold out. Sitting behind us was Ron dela Chiesa and Joyce - his wife. I kept thinking I should turn off the radio (WGBH) when he was chatting before the concert started.

It was quite enjoyable. Sets of Britten, Grieg, Tchaikovski, and Sibelius. Richard Dyer seemed to agree in his Globe review this morning. I particularly liked the Tchaikovski and the piano parts that went with it. For some odd reason, the back of my head thinks Heppner is a Baritone and not a tenor; and he did sing quite a few songs in low range. He has a fine voice - and can sing quietly and introspectively and also belt out (I suppose a bad term to use for this form of art) big stuff more commonly done when he is singing opera. It is amazing how relaxed he looks while singing; you can barely see him take breaths. Craig Rutenberg is a fine pianist, too.

One amusing touch was when he came out at the beginning of the Tchaikovski and said:
"Here's the deal. When you get to be a certain age it is hard to make things stick, especially when they are in a language you don't speak."
as he was setting up a music stand. Then he said:
"And there's one other thing..." as he pulled out his glasses.

I'm sorry I missed it!

For some odd reason, the back of my head thinks Heppner is a Baritone and not a tenor

I keep thinking the same thing. A preview of things to come with me, perhaps? ;) I'm guessing he's not a lyric tenor.

I'm guessing he's not a lyric tenor.

His most prominent roles include guys like Tristan and Otello, so I'd say no, probably not.

The only complaint I'd have was the exclusively Northern orientation of the program -- not even venturing as far south as Vienna or Leipzig. I noticed that his encores (all Italian, and none of them in the category of Great Music IMO) got much more enthusiastic audience reaction.

It's not to nice to tease Astroboy...

With the advent of Radio Astronomy...

...with inaccuracies, but I suppose I should give this techno-doggerel a pass, since it was, after all, seen in a museum of art, not science.

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