A whirlwind of opera

first_img In 1932, this opera was a hit. Why has no one seen it since? In the Cabot dining hall before the PfoHo session, members ate alongside students, and discussed everything from developing new works to banana chips versus plantain chips. Flutist Emi Ferguson talked with vocalist Davóne Tines ’09 about “El Cimarrón,” a composition German Hans Werner Henze wrote in the late 1960s while living in Cuba.“It’s amazing, but really challenging,” said Ferguson, who later surprised diners with a short, Pied Piper-style solo to announce the night’s performances.A day later, AMOC performed at the i-lab in Allston. Aucoin led the audience in a group performance of Cornelius Cardew’s composition “The Great Learning,” based on a Confucius poem. With each change to a new line, each individual changed his or her pitch to a new sound heard from someone else in the room.Next came GoGwilt’s performance of an excerpt from composer Carolyn Chen’s “Study on Westhoff Suite in D minor.” GoGwilt was accompanied by dancer and choreographer Julia Eichten, who read a poem by GoGwilt that was inspired by fragments from the 17th-century Westhoff piece.“It’s our nature as well to be audacious, to take on subjects as many and diverse as possible,” said Winokur. “The point is to get as embedded as possible. The more the merrier.”For GoGwilt, who studied comparative literature as an undergrad and is now a teaching fellow at the University of California at San Diego, the residency felt like “coming a little full circle.”“I’m a writer and violinist, and in my time here as an undergraduate, I tried to find ways to combine these passions. It was great to be able to share the continuation of the work with current undergraduates.” Matt Aucoin ’12 returns to Harvard as co-artistic director of boundary-pushing company Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts, which co-sponsored the residency with the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, said putting “young artists in the everyday lived experience of our undergraduates” affirms the idea that “creativity is something we all live and breathe.”AMOC’s 17 artists all have individual careers that include performances, projects, and teaching, but their ensemble work with the company necessitates retreats and residencies that allow significant time for mutual inspiration. Relatedcenter_img As arts residencies go, American Modern Opera Company’s visit to Harvard was determinedly interactive — not to mention just plain active.A dozen members of the company spent nine days on campus during “Run AMOC!,” participating in more than a dozen events with more than 20 organizations. There were open rehearsals and workshops, public performances, a showcase for a recently discovered opera, and jam sessions with students from almost all of the Houses.“We especially wanted the time in the Houses to be creative working moments that were truly two-way dialogues. We wanted people to actively engage,” said AMOC managing director Jennifer Chen ’11, who started the company last year with Matthew Aucoin ’12 and Zack Winokur.Three days into the late-winter residency, the co-founders joined six other members of the troupe for an impromptu show at Pforzheimer House. Held in the Holmes Room with lights dimmed, the session began with duets from Claude Debussy and Anton Webern performed by Coleman Itzkoff and Conor Hanick (“Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor,” “Three Little Pieces, Opus 11”), followed by violinist Keir GoGwilt ’13 and violist Miranda Cuckson pairing up to perform Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Intrada Suite,” based on “Gulliver’s Travels.” Itzkoff returned for a cello solo from Pēteris Vasks’ “Das Buch.”Aucoin then invited students to participate in creating “a sonic atmosphere” around contemporary composer Pauline Oliveros’ “The Witness,” a piece marked by a set of parameters for improvisation. Some used traditional instruments while others tapped a music stand or made thwacking sounds with a belt.,These are 360° videos. If viewing on an iOS device, open the video on the YouTube app. Otherwise, click and drag your mouse, or move your mobile device around, to explore the 360° environment. For the most immersive experience, try using a headset, such as Google Cardboard.,Afterward, Mateo Lincoln, a Currier House junior concentrating in music and in comparative literature, was in awe of the talent on display.“It’s such cutting-edge music. AMOC could predict what classical music will look like in five to 10 years,” said Lincoln.Likewise, Asia Stewart, president of Harvard College Opera, a senior concentrating in government and studies of women, gender, and sexuality, considered the experience a glimpse at the future of American opera.“Seeing a lot of alums in the company was also really inspiring,” Stewart said. “While they were undergrads, many were not conservatory students, but music has remained integral to their lives. They innovate and keep pushing boundaries, finding ways to craft and explore sound — sounds that are not necessarily pleasant, but that strike you. That’s what I hope to do as a performer.”,“It’s such cutting-edge music. AMOC could predict what classical music will look like in five to 10 years.” — Mateo Lincoln, a junior concentrating in music and in comparative literature At Radcliffe, dreams of revival for African-American composer’s ‘Tom-Tom’ Modern opera with an old soullast_img read more

U.S. and Latin America Review Fight Against Trafficking in Weapons of Mass Destruction

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2009 On Thursday military and defense experts from around the world concluded a three-day meeting in Miami in which they analyzed measures to combat illicit trafficking in weapons of mass destruction and their components, the U.S. Southern Command reports. The conference, organized by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Southern Command, brings together 34 countries. One of the topics of discussion was the traffic in weapons of mass destruction and related materials within the Americas. “Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States share a common interest in preventing the proliferation of WMD in our hemisphere,” said Paul Trivelli, Foreign Policy Adviser to the Southern Command, who considers it essential for countries to coordinate their efforts in the prevention of trafficking in weapons and combating networks that profit from it. For his part, Gary Moore, who coordinates the monitoring of the proliferation of armaments and weapons of mass destruction at the White House, said that President Obama “has promised to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” but that this goal cannot be achieved without international security initiatives to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Together with North American and Canadian experts, Latin American representatives of Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Paraguay also took part of the event.last_img read more

France roundup: FRR private equity mandates; FRPS rules published

first_imgFRR has previously indicated that it would allocate around €900m to private equity, and has launched separate tenders for “innovation” and growth capital mandates, for up to €200m and €500m, respectively. It has already awarded €600m of private debt mandates.Pension fund regulatory framework coming together Regulations governing a new type of occupational pension funding vehicle in France have been published.The new entities – Fonds de retraite professionelle supplémentaire (FRPS) – were provided for by legislation known as Sapin II in late 2016. They will qualify as Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs) under EU law and are due to be subject to the revised IORP Directive when this is transposed in France.Regulations were released on 19 July that set out rules for how the new entities were to be established and authorised, and how their governance, and financial and prudential management should be organised.This comes after the French government in early April published an “ordinance” that set out the rules formalising the creation of the FRPS. The law ratifying this is going through parliament.Another implementing regulation is awaited, which will set out how to carry out stress tests assessing coverage of solvency requirements over a 10-year period.The FRPS will be subject to a bespoke regulatory regime based on quantitative measures similar to those of Solvency I regulation for insurers, with the addition of the aforementioned stress test, and governance measures similar to those provided for by Solvency II.The intention is for insurance companies and mutual and provident institutions to be able to move certain types of occupational pension business out from under Solvency II regulation and into a regime that better reflects the long-term nature of pension provision.   This involves being freed from Solvency II capital requirements, which are seen as penalising certain asset classes, such as equities. A recent Financial Stability Board “peer review” of France said the creation of French-style pension funds was intended to redirect €10bn-€20bn into financing the domestic economy.Natixis AM to appeal overcharging fine Natixis Asset Management “strongly disputes” the decision of the enforcement committee of the French financial markets regulator concerning its “formula-based” funds activity, it has said.The Autorité des marches financiers (AMF) last week announced that it had issued a warning to Natixis and fined it €35m because it considered the asset manager had breached its professional obligations in the management of some of its formula funds between 2012-2015.Natixis said it intends to appeal the decision. It noted that the enforcement committee did not follow the AMF board’s recommendation in making its decision.It said it believes that the decision is “unwarranted and disproportionate and firmly denies failing to fulil its professional obligations”. The AMF said its enforcement committee identified four regulatory breaches in relation to the redemption fees for some of the funds it inspected and in relation to the structuring margin of some funds. The €35m fine is the largest the French regulator has imposed. Natixis Asset Management said investors in its formula funds “were in no way adversely affected and were fully informed in accordance with applicable regulations”. Formula funds are a type of structured product that offer a guarantee of invested capital based on a pre-determined formula. France’s €36bn pension reserve fund has awarded three private equity fund-of-fund mandates for a total of between €100m and €400m. The mandates have gone to Ardian France, LGT Capital Partners, and Swen Capital Partners. A spokesperson for the Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) said the distribution of the capital between the three managers could not be specified at this stage.The managers will be responsible for creating and running portfolios of funds allocating at least 80% of their assets to the equity or quasi-equity of unlisted French companies.The mandates are for 12 years, and form part of the implementation of around €2.1bn of new allocations to unlisted French assets.last_img read more

Extravagant pools on the market in Townsville

first_imgThis pool is located at 19 Cashell Crescent at Bushland Beach which is on the market for over $1M.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020REMAX agent Michele Hyde, who is marketing an award-winning property at 19 Cashell Crescent, said having a nice pool will increase the value of a house.“A lot of people are after swimming pools, even if it’s just to look at,” Ms Hyde said. Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard READ MORE This property is located at 15/18 High Vista Drive and is on the market for $990,000.Another show stopping pool is on the market at 15/18 High Vista Drive in Mount Louisa.For $990,000. the house, heated spa and stunning 12 metre-long pebblecrete pool could be yours.If ocean views are more your thing, the pool at 26 Waterview Drive in Bushland Beach could be what you’re looking for. Situated at the front of the property, the huge pool looks out to the water, with a stone walkway leading straight from the pool and down onto the sand. center_img This house at 71 Glenlyon Drive is on the market for $599,000“A pool undoubtedly ups the value and the overall liveability of a property.“It’s obviously not mandatory though, every buyer wants different things but they’re certainly in demand in Townsville because you can’t escape the heat in summer.” This huge pool is located on 13 Staaten Street and is up for grabs in Pimlico.REGARDLESS of the season, a good-looking swimming pool will never go out of style in Townsville — and there are currently some beauties on the market. Whether it spans the length of the house, has views over the city or boasts underwater cocktail benches, there is something for every buyer.READ MORE Beachside units for $30k last_img read more

Hancock County players participate in baseball, softball All-Star games

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School’s Callie Hammer and Leah Stevens and Bucksport High School’s Madysen Robichaud, Kylee Atwood and Emily Hunt participated in Maine Association of Softball Coaches Senior All-Star Game festivities last Thursday at Augusta’s Cony High School.In the Class A/B game, the Ellsworth representatives and the Northern Maine team rolled to a 9-1 win over the Southern Maine team. In the Class C/D showdown, the South won 4-1.Robichaud, who hit a two-run home run against Mattanawcook Academy to lead Bucksport to the Class C North title June 14, was nominated for the state’s Miss Baseball award June 16. The award went to Hermon’s Hailey Perry.In baseball, seniors Beckett Slayton and Jacob Keenan (George Stevens Academy) Issiac Christiansen (Sumner), Ethan Shepard (Deer Isle-Stonington), Andy Allan (Bucksport) and Riley Swanson (Mount Desert Island) were selected as All-Star representatives in their respective classes. The South won the A/B game 5-2, and the North won the C/D game 3-1.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

RBC Canadian Open PGA DFS picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgDFS players may look to snag other course-fit options in Watson’s price range like Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk, both being given 2.4-percent Vegas odds and both of whom may end up higher owned than Watson. Vegas odds aren’t everything, but when you can grab a golfer for a full percent higher odds and leverage, it’s an opportunity worth targeting. Most golfers with a pair of top-10 finishes and a win on the season wouldn’t find themselves completely off the radar coming into this tournament, but that may be exactly the case for J.B. Holmes. Perhaps nothing describes his tendencies better than his results this year, with seven missed cuts, four top-25 finishes, two top-10 finishes and a win. Holmes is a textbook volatile golfer, which can be frustrating in DFS but also useful. Since his win in February, Holmes has been downright awful, making only two of seven cuts with a T61st as his best finish. That’s the bad news. But right before his win in February, Holmes had missed two out of three cuts and placed T138th in the previous tournament.Suffice to say, while he can provide some nasty missed cuts, Holmes has a propensity for seemingly out-of-nowhere high finishes. He does not fit the course this week as another inaccurate bomber. The double whammy of horrendous form and poor course fit will produce what I expect to be practically nonexistent ownership on Holmes. For a low-priced golfer with five wins on the PGA Tour, this may be a more significant opportunity than meets the eye.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKing MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Canadian Open betting advice*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.RBC Canadian Open picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersJustin Thomas has the fourth-highest Vegas odds in the field at 5.9 percent, but I am not so sure that will translate to heavy ownership. First off, he is known to be a golfer who generally gives up accuracy for distance, which certainly doesn’t profile as the type of golfer that would fit this week’s course. With that being said, the best golfers in the world tend to play well regardless of course fit, and Thomas is undoubtedly in that group. Additionally, in his first tournament returning from a wrist injury at last week’s Memorial Tournament, Thomas crushed those who bought in with a bad missed cut after an 8-over on Friday. On the flip side, he rewarded those who chose to be tentative and fade him due to the wrist injury. I expect this dynamic to help keep his ownership down, as many will either have a sour taste in their mouth or remain unconvinced of his health. However, if Thomas feels healthy enough to play tournaments in back-to-back weeks, that is a solid indicator that the injury is behind him. It’s likely there was an element of rust last week, and while it’s tough to project exactly when a player will shake off the cobwebs, Thomas is the caliber of golfer who may do so in quite a loud way.At just slightly above-average salary, Bubba Watson has strong odds this week at 3.4 percent. Despite this, I expect the combination of a missed cut in his last appearance at the PGA Championship along with poor course fit to result in lower ownership than he deserves. Watson, of course, has had a magnificent career with 12 wins on the PGA Tour and two majors, but he has also had a resurgent season with two top-10 finishes and six top-25 finishes in 11 tries. Like Thomas, Watson is known for distance and tends to lag in the accuracy department. For his price, however, Watson offers big upside, and you don’t win 12 times on the PGA Tour because all you can do is drive it long. One of the most compelling statistical storylines for PGA DFS players this week is the lack of relevant course history data. This RBC Canadian Open hasn’t been played at this course since 2012, which effectively leaves past results at Hamilton out of the daily fantasy golf lineup building process. Many DFS players weigh course history heavily in player selection, so the absence of the statistic will have a ripple effect with looks for sleepers and fades.I expect that most of the emphasis normally given to course history will be transferred to anticipated course fit this week, leading to course fit being far too coveted. Moreover, I would argue that fit at Hamilton should in fact be approached even more tentatively than usual for this tournament considering that there is added uncertainty regarding how the course will play. Given that the DFS community is talking this week’s course up as one that favors shorter-hitting, more accurate golfers, I think this is an outstanding week to target strong, potentially overlooked golfers who are known more for their distance rather than their accuracy.last_img read more

NASCAR lineup at Pocono: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

first_imgMORE: Updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series scheduleAs for pit stall selection for the NASCAR Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it is ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points. So Saturday Pocono winner Kevick Harvick had the first pit stall selection for Sunday’s race.Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Pocono and how it was set.Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at Pocono?Because he finished Saturday’s race 20th, Ryan Preece will start on the pole for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career. That means Saturday race winner Kevin Harvick will start Sunday’s race 20th.Joining Preece on the front row Sunday will be Austin Dillon, who finished Saturday’s race 19th. The starting lineup and pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the second in a two-day doubleheader at the Tricky Triangle in Long Pond, Pa., were set by a different procedure than the random draw used to determined the starting lineup for Saturday’s race.The starting grid for Sunday’s race at Pocono, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET and broadcast live on FS1, features a pair of Chevys at the front of the field thanks to an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Saturday’s race. The bottom 20 finishers will start Sunday’s race in the same positions. NASCAR starting lineup at PoconoThe same protocol that set the lineup for Saturday’s Pocono race will be used for all NASCAR Cup Series races currently confirmed on the 2020 schedule except Sunday’s Pocono race, the second leg of the doubleheader, for which the field was set by a top 20 inversion of Saturday’s race results.NASCAR is proceeding without qualifying and practice sessions prior to races in an effort to limit time spent at the track amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Pocono based on Saturday’s results.Pos.Driver1.Ryan Preece2.Austin Dillon3.Kurt Busch4.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.5.Cole Custer6.Ryan Newman7.William Byron8.Matt DiBenedetto9.Ryan Blaney10.Matt Kenseth11.Chris Buescher12.Brad Keselowski13.Michael McDowell14.Clint Bowyer15.Martin Truex Jr.16.Kyle Busch17.Christopher Bell18.Aric Almirola19.Denny Hamlin20.Kevin Harvick21.Jimmie Johnson22.Bubba Wallace23.Corey LaJoie24.John Hunter Nemechek25.Chase Elliott26.Ty Dillon27.Alex Bowman28.Daniel Suarez29.Brennan Poole30.Tyler Reddick31.JJ Yeley32.Josh Bilicki33.Garrett Smithley34.James Davison35.Timmy Hill36.Joey Logano37.Joey Gase38.Erik Jones39.BJ McLeod40.Quin Houfflast_img read more