a stark reminder

ghostBikeBurnside-1.jpg, originally uploaded by BikePortland.org.

In the bicycling community, there is a special way to remember cyclists who are killed while riding, and to remind motorists and cyclists alike to ride/drive defensively. It’s called a “ghost bike”. Painted white, often installed late at night, it is an eloquent reminder of the high cost of not being aware of your surroundings as a driver or rider.

You can find information from the BikePortland.org about the latest bicycling fatality collision which occurred at West Burnside and 14th Thursday afternoon. A 19 year old design student, Tracey Sparling, was crushed under a cement truck as it made a right hand turn.

OSO Classical Series B – Concert 1

This got buried amidst all of the intervening news of last week, and I thought that those of you who are coming to the concerts this weekend might be interested in doing some advance listening in preparation for the concert experience. So pardon the duplication of posts.

This year I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog for Oregon Symphony concertgoers: the iMix. An iMix is a published playlist of songs from iTunes gathered into a central location. For each Classical series concert, I’ll be publishing a iMix of the works on the program, all of which are recordings recommended by myself. Sounds good? Ok – here’s the first iMix. This one covers the upcoming Classical 2 concerts on October 13-15, 2007. The works featured are Luciano Berio’s Folksongs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (here heard in its chamber version for seven instruments), Haydn’s Symphony No. 93, and Falla’s Three Cornered Hat complete ballet score. Enjoy!

slatkin to detroit

Leonard Slatkin
Leonard Slatkin

Conductor Leonard Slatkin, one of the most prominent figures in American music during the last three decades, will be named today as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Slatkin’s appointment, all but a certainty since midsummer, ends an unusually long search that began when Neeme Järvi announced his intention to step down as music director in 2005 after a popular 15-year run.

  • Read the entire story here.
  • And another here.