Daily Archives: December 20, 2013

Beethoven “Variationen F Major, WoO 40″



Variations in F Major WoO 40 for piano and violin
on the theme “Se vuol ballare” from Mozart`s 
“Le Nozze di Figaro” by Ludwig van Beethoven
Eva Ander, piano
Peter Glatte, violin
1970

Gustav Holst – Christmas Day



Corban University Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band and Concert Choir, featuring soloists Nikki Knight, Alethea Doremus, Riley Forrest, and David Lewin, performing “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst. Performed at the Christmas Showcase “Let Us Adore Him” December 3, 2011 at the Psalm Performing Arts Center at Corban University in Salem, OR. Directed by Dan Shuholm.

 

QUOTATION: Anna Sewell


Do you know why this world is as bad as it is? … It is because people think only about their own business, and won’t trouble themselves to stand up for the oppressed, nor bring the wrongdoer to light.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SIR ROBERT GORDON MENZIES (1894)


Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (1894)

A successful lawyer, Menzies gave up his practice to pursue a career in politics and eventually became Australia’s longest continuously serving prime minister. He started out in the House of Representatives in 1934 and served as attorney general until 1939, when he became leader of the United Australia party and prime minister. In 1941, his party lost the election, but in 1949 he again became prime minister and this time remained in office until his retirement in 1966, on what national holiday? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: TRAGEDY AT SEA: MV DOÑA PAZ PASSENGER FERRY SINKS (1987)


Tragedy at Sea: MV Doña Paz Passenger Ferry Sinks (1987)

The passenger ferry MV Doña Paz was traveling along the Tablas Strait in the Philippines when it collided with the MT Vector, an oil tanker carrying 8,800 barrels of petroleum products. The cargo ignited, causing a fire that spread onto the Doña Paz. Survivors had to jump ship, and both vessels quickly sank in shark-infested waters. The accident claimed over 4,000 lives, as the Doña Paz was grossly overcrowded. How many passengers was it supposed to hold? More…Discuss

 

ASPCA OKS PETS AS PRESENTS


ASPCA OKs Pets as Presents

Animal welfare groups have long advised against purchasing a pet as a gift for a loved one during the holidays, believing that there is a greater likelihood that the animal will be rejected or returned than if the recipient had been the one to pick the pet out. Some animal shelters even close down for a week or more in advance of Christmas to prevent pet gifting. However, a new study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests these fears are unfounded. The survey found that people who received pets as presents kept them at the same rate as those who obtained their animals in other ways. More… Discuss

THE FORTY-EIGHTERS


The Forty-Eighters

In 1848, Europe was in tumult. After two years of severe crop failures, French revolutionaries overthrew the monarchy, touching off a series of revolutions across the continent. However, the revolts ended in failure and repression, prompting waves of disappointed supporters—some of whom were now deemed enemies of the state—to immigrate to the US, Canada, and England. As these “Forty-Eighters” maintained their liberal ideals upon relocating, many went on to participate in what major US conflict? More… Discuss