A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Linked directly to King’s College web site’s downloadable PDF file

It’s that time again, and everyone can mark their calendar for 24 December’s Service.

Details are available here.

The Program is not yet is now available. Please click on the photo at left to go directly to King’s College PDF location.  As usual, it makes excellent reading beforehand, and is a great a assistance during the broadcast.  (updated 20 Dec)

Happy Holidays!

Proms Re-dux

This summer’s Proms had some interesting programmes, as is usual for the festival.  Lists of what’s available to listen and see are available on this page.

Doctor Who fans can go directly to this page for that evening’s excitement.

And the lovely, immensely talented Joyce DiDonato has a clip on YouTube we’ll embed below.  It’s about her prep for Last Night selections.

119th Season of The Proms

This month marks the 119th year of The Proms, with the BBC’s involvement since 1927.

The season has interesting themes, such as Doctor Who, Charlie Parker, and a complete Ring Cycle for Wagner fans.

The last night of the Proms will be broadcast internationally 7th September, so check your local classical radio station for details.

Nigel Kennedy and mezzo Joyce DiDonato are guests, while conductor Marin Alsop will “break the class ceiling” as she conducts her first Last Night. Complete program details now available on the web, along with UK avenues for watching and listening.


Previous Proms are here, here, and here.

Arts, Education & a TED Talk

An entertaining 2013 TED Talk on education and the arts, given by Sir Ken Robinson. Takes about 20 minutes, and was recently on public television stations in the U.S.

Here’s another talk from 2006.

Ballet, Costume, Art, Music & Paris

Big exhibit opening this Sunday at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, centering on Ballets Russes, including an extensive selection of film, lectures, performances of music and dance, and some costumes on display. Some details & reviews below.  Exhibit runs 12 May to 2 Sept 2013.



Sunday Salon

Today’s collection includes who’d-a-thought financial lessons from Downton Abbey, insights into Jackie O being brought to the stage, another state of the Arts update from DC, and words of warning on vitamin supplements from Australia.

After years of crouching, arts ed is raising its hand againWashington Post

Camelot’s Widow, Without MythologyNew York Times

Money Lessons From ‘Downton Abbey’Wall Street Journal

It can’t hurt, right? Wrong–Sydney Morning Herald