Saturday, May 7, 2011

Oak Ridge Community Orchestra, May 2011 Concert

These recordings aren't by ORCO, although the ORCO concert is being recorded.

Gabriel Faure, Pelleas et Melisande. Like Peer Gynt, this music was composed to accompany a play.


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Watch at YouTube.


Watch at YouTube.


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Jacques Offenbach, Orfee dans l'enfer, an overture arranged at a later date than the first performance in 1858. Get out your clutching pearls -- someone's not taking French opera seriously!

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Ravel, Pavane pour un enfant defunt. There is only a hypothetical, conceptual dead infant involved, as Ravel composed this as a conjectural piece, something that might have been performed in the Spanish court.

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Claude Achille Debussy, Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Watch at YouTube. Dancing by Rudolf Nureyev.

Georges Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1. And now, excerpts from one of the most famous operas ever.

I. Prelude

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Ia. Aragonaise

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II. Intermezzo

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III. Seguedille

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IV. Les dragons d'Alcalla

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V. Les Toreadors

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

One Year Shy of a Century

And it doesn't seem that much has changed.

No one wanted to pay life insurance on the band members aboard the Titanic.

White Star said they were private passengers, because they were contracted out through the talent agency C.W. & F.N. Black, which had a monopoly on entertainment the British Atlantic steamships at the time. Although each band member was given a 2nd-class ticket, they were housed in crew's quarters.

The Blacks routinely took out insurance policies on their talent, and told the families to contact their insurance agent.

The insurance agent refused to pay out, and got a judgment in its favor. The families were finally beneficiaries of a public charity -- The Titanic Relief Fund.

This is a runaround all too familiar today. One is tempted to draw reference to dead peasants' insurance, the practice of large companies to pay life insurance policies on their employees with the companies as beneficiaries, except it seems that the Black talent agency didn't get a payout, either.