However, to be honest... after 15 years, I suddenly realized that I no longer had the driving desire to be in a chamber chorus. I had been asking every year out of habit. But I am at a different place in my life and, at this point, I really didn't need to give up another night of my week. But, since I was such a pest about it all those years, I figured I had to at least give it a go.
Rehearsals were fun, and during our first concert I was filled with overwhelming joy. It was such a pleasure to make such beautiful music. I love singing with the big chorus, but that first concert with the chamber chorus I felt so much more involved in the making of the music. It was spectacular.
Then, during this last concert, I swear to god, there was a moment during the Frostiana while the women were singing, when again, I was suddenly overwhelmed with pride and joy at being part of a group that could create such beauty. I hate to over use the word "Overwhelmed," but that is the word that most accurately describes the feeling. Literally, my eyes started to tear up.
Anyway, this is just a long way of saying, thank you. It is an honor to sing with everyone in the chamber chorus, and in the big chorus as well, and I am very grateful for the reminder of how much I actually love what we do.
This should be a fun season. Check it out at nychoral.org.
And, if you haven't seen em yet, also check out all my pics and videos from our recent trip to China...
Seems like it rains every Monday, doesn't it?
See you next week.
And it will rain again.
I'll be gone for the next 2 movies, but they'll still happen, so go and have fun...
We'll eat, drink and be merry, until it rains, at which time we'll make like bat's out of hell.
We are going to China for a concert tour on Friday.
The best way to reach me while I am gone is e-mail. I should have internet access in the hotel.
I'll have both my work cell phone and my home iPhone with me. If you have the work number that should work fine. It's the number that starts (646) 739... (I am not crazy enough to post my number here.
If the work phone doesn't work, and you really, really need to reach me, then there is the iPhone.
Now, here's the deal with the iPhone. Calls are $1.99/minute, and it turns out that even if I don't answer, I pay that the entire time that it rings and while you leave a message. So, please, keep it short. That's the number that starts (646) 256...
However, it's free to receive text messages. 50 cents to send em, but free to receive. So, feel free to text me, just don't expect a response, unless it's important.
Finally, if I can, I'll but a sim card in China for use in another phone. If that works then I'll have another number to share. We'll see.
Karen will be here in NY, so you can reach her all the normal ways.
Check it out...
But, you all deserve better than that, so here is a quick update.
I've been traveling a lot for work. I have to visit all our remote offices as we switch users from one network to another, replacing every computer. In the past month or so I've been to Miami, Atlanta and North Carolina. In 2 weeks, it's LA, which is great because I get to spend Passover with Cori and family. Then, in the beginning of May is the big New York migration. Replacing 150 people's computers in 1 weekend should be a lot of fun. And, it's concert weekend with the chorus, just to add to it all.
Poker is been going OK. I still haven't completely recovered from the bad week that I last blogged about, but I've been moving in the right direction. I have been considering what it would take to make playing a career choice. A bad run like I had wasn't discouraging. And it's a good thing, because it happens to everyone and if I can't deal with adversity, then it's definitely not a good career choice for me. In any case, I have some specific goals that I need to reach before I would consider going pro. First, I need to built my bankroll to a very healthy level. I am looking for around 50 buy-ins. Second, I need to win as much as I make in a year, but do so in less than a year. If I can't do that, then clearly I am not ready for such a life change. So, we'll see how I do over the next few years.
I mentioned the upcoming concert. It's the Berlioz requiem. I am very excited. It was one of the first pieces I sang with the chorus, back when I joined in '92. I really love it and have been enjoying the rehearsal process immensely. And, maybe I can get the big New York project team from work to come... Here is the website with details.
Ok, that's all for now. For much shorter, but more regular bursts of info, check out my twitter page.
Everyone call her and sing!!!
And then I got to spend a great weekend in LA with my sister & her family. There are new pics of both of my nieces here...
My sister, Cori, is an Executive Producer on the show and as such, she is one of the people who gets the award!!!
Oh yeah. Congrats to Kathy too.
The awards will be broadcast on E! on Saturday, September 15, at 8pm. Cori's award was towards the end of the evening.
Happy Birthday to you....
Happy Birthday dear Kenny....
Happy Birthday to you....
Check out this weeks video...
[08.01.07 - 05:57 PM]
BRAVO'S CORI ABRAHAM PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION
Released by Bravo
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]
BRAVO'S CORI ABRAHAM PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION
NEW YORK August 1, 2007 Bravo has promoted Cori Abraham - most recently Director of Development and Production - to Vice President, Development and Production. The announcement was made today by Amy Introcaso-Davis, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Bravo, and Andy Cohen, Senior Vice President, Production and Programming, Bravo.
"Cori has a keen sense of what the Bravo audience wants to see," said Introcaso-Davis. "She develops and produces shows that our fans find addictive."
Added Cohen, "Cori has been a key part to Bravo's popular programming," said Cohen. "Her energy and vibe help make our shows uniquely Bravo."
Having joined Bravo in April 2004, Abraham has developed and executive produced some of the network's more buzzed about programs during her tenure. Shows include the Emmy nominated "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List," the highly-popular series "Work Out," the recent design competition show "Top Design," Bravo's string of "Funny Girl" stand-up specials with Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers, Caroline Rhea and Paula Poundstone, and the much-talked-about series "Hey Paula," following pop icon Paula Abdul.
Prior to Bravo, Abraham was Director of Development and Executive Producer at VH1, where she oversaw creative and production logistics and evaluated program pitches. Her VH1 credits include the series "Totally Obsessed" and "True Spin," as well as specials "Stage Moms" and "Bootcamp: Showgirls."
Abraham joined FX in 1999, spending three years as the Director of Comedy Development. In that role, she developed original scripted comedy and reality programming, and worked with many high profile executive producers including Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Moore and Howard Stern. Her accomplishments there include the Emmy-nominated "Lucky," starring John Corbett and the Howard Stern-produced series "Son of the Beach."
Earlier in her career, Abraham worked at Comedy Central as a Development Coordinator, from 1997-1999, where she read and evaluated program submissions. There, she played a role in the development of the network's two most popular series at the time -- "Strangers With Candy" and "The Upright Citizen's Brigade."
Abraham graduated from University of Wisconsin with two bachelor degrees -- one in Communications Arts and the other in Theatre Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Born at 10am. Ain't he a cutie?
Tuesday is the raindate, but the park as very poor drainage, so we won't be there either. A shame to miss The Sting, but what can you do. Have a good week everyone.
Since I was part of the big iPhone release on Friday, I was interviewed a few times. Some family and friends spotted me on NBC news on Friday Night and then there was this...
Summer must be coming because they posted the schedule for the Monday Night Movies in Bryant Park. It's always a good time. I hope you can come join us one night.
In all the time we had him, he never ate. We tried to feed him several times and brought him in to the vet, but nothing did any good. It might have been a virus that he would have had before we got him, or it may have been something else. We'll never know.
He lived a short life, but I hope he was happy in that time. Farewell, little guy.
Try to call me with the button below.
Here is the latest shot from the cam.
And here is the previous one.
Books are a completely different medium, and shouldn't be compared to movies. It's like saying Stephen King is better than Steven Spielberg. Both are great storytellers in their chosen area's but trying to compare them would be silly.
A book can convey a lot more information than a movie, because it is not time limited. So a movie has to try to tell the same story in a much shorter window. That means conveying things differently and leaving out a lot. If you are expecting a movie to have all the same content as the book, then you will always be disappointed. But if you make a conscious choice to not compare the movie to the book you can appreciate the movie for what it is and perhaps enjoy it more.
For instance, did you know that snakes only eat like once a week in the summer and in the winter can go weeks or even months without eating? Well they can. Which makes them a very easy pet to care for, but it's a little nerve wracking when you have a baby snake and you are afraid that he is starving.
They also tend to hibernate in the winter. Even though the apartment is warm, Sam knows that it's winter and has been holed up in his cave for a few days.
Well, he's gotta come out sometime, doesn't he?
And, as long as I am here, I don't want the other kids to get jealous. Here is Milty.
And, of course, the glorious Kitty.
Well, this last time, something in both of us snapped.
We looked at all the cute puppy's and kittens.
And then we bought a Python. His name is Sam.
Pics coming soon.
I predict a Bull market that day.
I'm really not that needy. At least I don't think I am. But thanks to Shawn for looking out for me, and to David for the mention.
See you both at Macworld next week.
Here are the details from her mailing, if you aren't on her list...
Hello again! 'Tis the season for the gift of entertainment to be re-gifted
close to a hundred times over!
And, not to be left out of that mix, I'm doing something new this year - my
first solo evening in a long LONG time!
Some holiday tunes, some cool songs having absolutely NOTHING to do with the
holidays, some originals, great arrangements thanks to Steven Ray Watkins,
who'll be joining me at the piano. Sincerely hoping that if you're in town
the weekend of the 14th you'll join us - it promises to be a very fun show!
Karen Mack in
MACK THE HALLS
With Steven Ray Watkins on piano, Matt Wigton on bass, and Marshal Rosenberg
December 14th - 17th at The Metropolitan Room
Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 7pm, Saturday night at 8pm
34 W. 22nd St. (btw 5th & 6th Aves.)
Reservations: (212) 206-0440 (or email me here)
$20 cover ($15 for MAC/UCB/AEA and other such starving artists)
2 drink minimum - Credit cards cheerfully accepted
Happy December and hope the new year brings you every good things!
On Monday, December 4, 2006 at 7:30pm, I (along with 150+ fellow members of The New York Choral Society) will "Celebrate Christmas at Carnegie Hall" with the Young People's Chorus of New York City under the baton of John Daly Goodwin.
Those who have come before know how much fun it is to experience a full orchestra and big chorus on stage, including the extraordinary Young People's Chorus of New York City. They sing, they weave, they bop!
For over 5 years the New York Choral Society has been delighting family audiences with its popular Christmas at Carnegie Hall concert. From jingling bells to jubilee to jazz, this is a concert with something for everyone. The program includes the ever popular Gloria by John Rutter, Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley, Libby Larsen's Ringeltanze with handbell choir, a medley of traditional carols by Conrad Susa, the Hallelujah Chorus and excerpts from jazz legend Dave Brubeck's La Fiesta de la Posada.
Adapted from Mexican Christmas tradition and influenced by Mexican folk music La Fiesta de la Posada tells the story of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging on the eve of her giving birth. Paul Halley's Freedom Trilogy uses the folk music traditions of South Africa and American Gospel and Jazz. It celebrates the season with the timely themes of "peace on Earth" and freedom for all.
Please join the NYCS family on December 4 for an evening we promise will put you in the holiday spirit!
Seats range from $20 to $75.
Next time, it's you and me, Nancy!
It's so good that I expect it to be cancelled at any minute. That's my history. However, my pal Jason told me today that NBC already picked it up for at least the rest of the season! Woo hoo!
If you miss it on TV, it's available on iTunes - Heroes
She was completely surprised.
Now I am back in Vegas and getting ready for bed. Tomorrow is my big day. Think good thoughts...
Catch you next time...
I didn't take a lot of pics. There was a photographer for that. But here are the few I did take.
Happy birthday shoutouts also go to my friends Sheila Winterbottom, Sherrye Dobrin, Farell Marblestone and Michael Anthony.
How funny is it that, in my calendar, the date that has the most birthdays on it is my own.
Thanks to Cori, Ken and Dylan.
In the interests of full disclosure, it's worth mentioning that her mom is the executive producer of the show.
Check out the April 2006 issue of Macworld Magazine. The feedback section on page 12. I sent in a comment on Chris Breen's video-ready iPod review and it was published.
Here it is, reprinted with permission by the author.
In his review of the new video-ready iPods (Reviews, January 2006), Christopher Breen said that when he ripped his DVDs to one of the new iPods and then watched the video on a TV, the quality was akin to a VCR's. I experienced the same thing when I used the H.264 codec at a resolution of 320-by-240. But then I tried using MPEG-4 at higher resolutions, and I found that doing so resulted not only in relatively small files (under 1GB for a two-hour movie), but also in quality closer to that of the original DVD when the video is viewed on a TV or computer screen.
The Favorite Pictures are ones in which the composition really appeals to me. Mostly headshots of friends. Some not entirely flattering. But all of them speak to me.
I have also fully moved the site back to the Loren.Finkelstein.Net domain.