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Monthly Archives: May 2012

So we went to see a psychic the same day that we saw the eclipse and I must say, though it was fun, it was a bit disappointing. I was really hoping for a big black woman with cloudy eyes and giant dreads and a crystal ball… Maybe some tarot cards. I should have really done this in New Orleans rather than Sedona.
This guy was upset that our group didn’t have any questions, and he didn’t predict a whole lot. Most of what he said came down to that we should crack jokes, drink water, and not eat/drink any milk products. Hmph. I finished this item, but it was really quite disappointing! I think the next time I am in New Orleans, I may have to retry this one.

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The full item on the lifelist was this: “Attend a giant music festival (Something like Bonnaroo or Glastonbury or Coachella or Lollapalooza or Summerfest… I’d prefer it to take a few days and be an overnight thing, not something crappy like Edgefest!)”
Well I did! Not only did I attend a festival, I played in one! I played at Hammerfest IV: Hammer of Thor. We did tons of press/interviews so go look up Chemicals of Democracy at Hammerfest on Google or something if you really want to. You’re going to get a huge writeup from me here! I’m just checking off the lifelist item.

Olga Kern Rachmaninoff Festival Tickets

I believe I’ve seen the Phoenix Symphony perform one of the concertos with a pianist before, and I’ve definitely seen them perform the Symphonic Dances before.
What a treat to be able to see all of them in two weeks! Here is the full program:

Thursday, May 3 (Symphony Hall):
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 1
Aram Khachaturian – Selections from Gayane (Lesginka, Dance of the Young Maidens, Ayshe’s Dance, Sabre Dance, Mountaineers’ Dance)
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of a Paganini

Sunday, May 6 (Scottsdale Center for the Arts):
Aram Khachaturian – Selections from Gayane (Lesginka, Dance of the Young Maidens, Ayshe’s Dance, Sabre Dance, Mountaineer’s Dance)
Miecyzslaw Weinberg – Sinfonietta No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2

Thursday, May 10 (Symphony Hall):
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Vocalise
Alexander Borodin – Symphony No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3

Saturday, May 12 (Symphony Hall):
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 4
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

A few notes. Borodin is one of my heroes, so I absolutely loved that I got to hear some of his music performed live. I also was surprised at just how much I enjoyed the Khachaturian, and thought it would be a pain to hear it twice. After the Weinberg, Julia and I were the only two in the audience standing, and it was really neat, because Michael Christie acknowledged us by nodding to us! It was SO COOL. In terms of the Rachmaninoff, the 3rd concerto was my favorite, but the Symphonic Dances were definitely my favorite overall and I loved that that ended our two-week festival.