Monday, April 29, 2013

Janos Starker, A Master Of The Cello, Dies At 88 : NPR

Janos Starker, A Master Of The Cello, Dies At 88  : NPR

We heard Maestro Starker perform in 1983 (Kodaly Duo with daughter Gwen, at Centre East, Skokie, IL) and then again,  six years later. 

He performed the Haydn Cello Concerto, D, Op. 101, with the Highland Park Strings;  it was a favor to fellow Hungarian Francis Akos, his longtime Chicago Symphony associate, and conductor of the local group.  (The date:  Sun-Apr-09-1989).

We met Maestro Starker briefly backstage..  He was very gracious while retaining a certain imperious and European charm.

Janos Starker left behind a treasure chest of superb recordings, and a large number of devoted students.  He was one of the very greats, and will be missed.

Friday, April 26, 2013

They say nothing stresses a marriage like building a new home

Read this.........

How long have we humans been on planet earth?

We just saw Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  Truly stunning, Whether it's carrying a boat up a mountain (Fitzcarraldo), or unearthing rock art from long, long ago, Herzog never disappoints.  This documentary puts forth the notion that humans have been on planet earth least 20 or 30 thousands years old.  Since the mainstream Christian view is that we've been here for about 6,000 years, made us wonder.

We went to looking for answers.

Not saying we found one, necessarily, but we found this essay that says it's not quite that easy, there are variables to take into account:

Doesn’t Carbon-14 Dating Disprove the Bible?

Monday, April 01, 2013


“The great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.”—Wang Yang-Ming