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Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November 26th, 2014: Berchmans


Image of St. John Berchmans   St. John Berchmans

Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John … continue reading

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today’s Holiday/celebration: Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month

Since 1989, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the US from September 15 until October 15. It is issued as a presidential proclamation each year. The activities that take place during the month, particularly in cities with large Hispanic populations, focus on how Latinos have made the US a richer and more interesting place to live. They include performances by Latino musical groups, lectures about Hispanic life, and special awards presentations to Latinos who have made significant achievements in business, education, or the arts. More… Discuss

Rhapsody in Blue, White and Green: Turnbull Canyon-Audio (Nightfall In) The Far Dunes – Tim Fachen (moods) 2:23 min


Blue, White and Green: Turnbull Canyon-Audio (Nightfall In) The Far Dunes – Tim Fachen (moods) 2:23 min

Arthur Sullivan – The Mikado – Overture: make music part of your life series



FROM: Fledermaus1990 Fledermaus1990

Arthur Sullivan – The Mikado – Overture

Conductor: John Carewe
Orchestra: Nürnberger Symphoniker

Philadelphia Sinfonia – Astor Piazzolla “Melodia en La Menor”: make music part of your life series



From:     Philadelphia Sinfonia  Philadelphia Sinfonia

Philadelphia Sinfonia – Astor Piazzolla “Melodia en La Menor” 

(for bandoneón & strings)

Philadelphia Sinfonia
(Youth Orchestra)
Gary D. White, Conductor & Music Director
Astor Piazzolla – Melodia en La Menor
(live performance featuring the strings of Philadelphia Sinfonia – 2009)

Philadelphia Sinfonia Association includes 3 orchestras:
Philadelphia Sinfonia – our advanced orchestra (high school & college)
Philadelphia Sinfonia Players – our intermediate orchestra (middle school & high school)
Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra – our strings only chamber orchestra

Our talented and dedicated students come from all over the Delaware Valley to participate in our high-level orchestral training program.

“Educating Musicians. Creating Artists.” – Philadelphia Sinfonia Association

http://www.philadelphiasinfonia.com – website
info@philadelphiasinfonia.com – email

Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone on Rise in US


Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone on Rise in US

American teens are increasingly using synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) without medical supervision in an effort to enhance their athletic performance and appearance. Just five percent of high-school students polled in 2012 said they had used synthetic HGH without a prescription, but by 2013 that number had jumped to 11 percent. The non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, which carried out the surveys, said the findings highlight the need for better regulation and labeling of over-the-counter products purporting to contain synthetic HGH. More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Apache Maidens’ Puberty Rites


Apache Maidens’ Puberty Rites

The Apache Maidens’ Puberty Rites are a coming-of-age celebration of girls of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, held for four days and nights around the Fourth of July in Mescalero, New Mexico. On the first and last days, the girls run around a basket four times, symbolizing the four stages of life (infancy, childhood, adulthood, and old age). On the last day, their faces are painted with white clay and they enact the role of White Painted Woman, preparing for a rewarding adult life. Other events include a rodeo, a powwow, a parade on July 4, and the nighttime Dance of the Mountain Gods. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: John Ross (1790)


John Ross (1790)

The son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe’s rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory. In Native American lore, this journey is known as what? More… Discuss

This Day in History: The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)


The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)

Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there? More… Discuss