Monday, December 20, 2010

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Proud Juilliard parents

We attended a Juilliard orchestral concert this week. The conductor was a young Chinese woman and one of the works was a Mozart piece with violin and viola soloists. The viola soloist was a strapping young woman who looked like she could've come from Minnesota. She towered above the violin soloist, a very gifted young Korean-American. They were both terrific - as was the whole orchestra. At the end of the piece we noticed two people wildly applauding and nearly exploding with pride. They just had to be parents of the violinist. It was a joy to share in their pride and delight, if only for a moment or two.

A lovely Hanukkah sight

Last night I was walking past the Brookdale dormitory for Stern College, a college for Orthodox Jewish women. It was obviously the time to light Hanukkah candles, for there must've been forty women lighting their menorahs. The room was totally filled with light - it was a beautiful sight on a cold evening in New York.