Monday, June 10, 2013


The word of the day for June 10, 2013 is:  orogeny


 noun \ȯ-ˈrä-jə-nē\

:  the process of mountain formation especially by folding of the earth's crust

First Known Use: 1890

My sister took me to the Kansas City Symphony yesterday.  It was the finale of the second season in their new building, which has echoes of the Sydney Opera House on the exterior, but the interior has amazing views across the city toward Union Station and the WWI Memorial.  I got to sit between George and Ringo (the next two seats down were labeled Paul and John.)

We heard Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor—one of my favorites:  I did not vocalize, though it was a great effort to restrain myself.  Also, we heard Eine Alpensinfonie by Richard Strauss (not the Waltz King).  Strauss got it entirely right.  The opening sequence “Night” leads into “Dawn” so beautifully that one blinks when one realizes they did not actually bring the lights up.  …And the “Thunderstorm” was truly amazing!—wind machine, thunder sheet, extra horns behind the stage, the magnificent organ—WOW!

Afterward we went to Grünauer’s for dinner.  Excellent food—sorry no photos, we were too much in awe to take pictures before we ate.  We got apfelstrudel to take home.  It was also wonderfulness.

Our quote for the day from Sir Walter Scott. (1771–1832).  Guy Mannering:
On the whole, however, the Dominie, though somewhat fatigued with these mental exertions, made at unusual speed and upon the pressure of the moment, reckoned this one of the white days of his life, and always mentioned Mr. Pleydell as a very erudite and fa-ce-ti-ous person.


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