saturday 9

Complete Symphonies

1) Beethoven is one of classical music's best known composers. Do you often listen to classical music? not often but I do like it

2) Though a musical genius, Beethoven never learned to multiply or divide. When faced with a simple arithmetic problem, do you do it in your head? Or do you rely on the calculator in your phone or on your computer? it depends on how simple--I do as much as I can in my head but use the technology available when I need to--no shame

3) Beethoven bathed often, which was considered "quirky" for a man of his time. (Understandable, since you had the heat the water, haul it to the tub, and then empty the tub bucket by bucket when you were done.) Do you bathe in the morning or in the evening? in the morning

4) Adam Fischer conducts the Danish Chamber Orchestra for this 5-disc set. He began his musical career young, when he sang in the children's choir of Budapest's National Opera House. Have you ever sung in a choir or chorus? I do love singing in a choir but I don't like the performances which is strange, I realize. I started taking voice lessons in January and love them!

5) Mr. Fischer was awarded the Gold Medal of Arts from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Tell us about a prize or award you have received. (Yes, that ribbon you earned for penmanship in second grade counts.) I won an "apple award" which was bestowed by my students

6) The Danish Chamber Orchestra is beloved in Demark. When, in 2014, the Danish Broadcasting Company announced it would no longer fund the Orchestra, citizens began a crowdfunding campaign and raised more than $1,000,000 to keep the music playing. Have you ever contributed to a crowdfunding platform, like GoFundMe, Kickstarter or FundRazr? I have contributed to a Kickstarter

7) The Orchestra's "home" is the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen. Where were you when you last heard music played live? when I was at my dear friend's in Portsmouth

8) In 2019, when this boxed set was released, China became the first nation to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. Are you fascinated by stories about space? I don't know that I would say fascinated but I would say interested

9) Random question: Tell us about your week. These are extraordinary times, and it might feel good to share. I had a day to turn my classroom into a distance learning opportunity. I teach four different courses, two of which are Advanced Placement (that's teacher code for "heavy load"). I am learning to work from home. Everything about my profession has changed literally overnight. I'm trying my best.


Lori said...

It is super hard for the teachers to go online with learning. I hope it all goes well. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


CountryDew said...

I hope the online learning goes ok. They did throw that at you all very quickly. But I noticed the challenge was answered and met with great aplomb. I applaud the teachers for their ability to improvise and get 'er done.

The Gal Herself said...

I can't wait until you tell us about the night that you put those voice lessons to good use and ace "Rolling in the Deep" at karaoke. (It doesn't have to be Adele, but that's my fantasy.)

Stacy said...

I know it's got to be a huge challenge to provide learning opportunities for your students remotely, but I'm thankful you have a job you are able to do that way. As governments shut down more and more businesses, many are out of work and at home with no income until unemployment or government aide kicks in. I worry how many I know are going to make it through if it goes on for very long.