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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
10:53 am

richaayyy
 Yo hi dudes. Miss you all! Our 7th (!) anniversary is approaching next month!

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
10:37 pm - forwarded email from Little Leo

thelichen
"The Mozart Effect
A new report now says that the Mozart effect is a fraud. For you hip urban professionals: no, playing Mozart for your designer baby will not improve his IQ or help him get into that exclusive pre-school. He'll just have to be admitted to Harvard some other way. Of course, we're all better off for listening to Mozart purely for the pleasure of it. However, one wonders that if playing Mozart sonatas for little Hillary or Jason could boost their intelligence, what would happen if other composers were played in their developmental time?

LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important.

BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. Gains reputation for profundity.

WAGNER EFFECT: Child becomes a megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.

MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams - at great length and volume - that he's dying.

SCHOENBERG EFFECT: Child never repeats a word until he's used all the other words in his vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.

BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn't care because all his playmates think he's cool.

IVES EFFECT: the child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once.

GLASS EFFECT: the child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

STRAVINSKY EFFECT: the child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.

BRAHMS EFFECT: the child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc). However, his sentences containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.

AND THEN OF COURSE, THE CAGE EFFECT: Child says nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Preferred by 9 out of 10 classroom teachers."

..hehe

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
1:51 am

thelichen
On a whim, I typed "Carlos Santiago" into Google images, and look what popped up:

Who is that? Why, it's Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodriguez Santi—sorry, Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodriguez Santiago. That's right kids, Carlos Santiago is on his way to becoming Puerto Rico's first saint. Coincidence? I think not. Hee.

current mood: jubilant

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Monday, September 6th, 2004
5:18 pm

richaayyy
We should start a chatroom sometime. I need a h-ton party of some sort.

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
1:33 pm

richaayyy
We need a party before everyone goes off to school..

When are all of you leaving, anyway? Commentttt.
I'm going 8/22.. most likely the first one to go :(

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Monday, June 21st, 2004
3:36 pm

happinesss
Anyone want to have a movie party next Friday (July 2nd)? It could be like...a fourth of July party but not!

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2004
10:37 pm - Carlos!!!!

dinosims
I think Carlos has returned.... dun dun dun. He apparently attacked Weiss' car yesterday afternoon with...uhh...a big lock?

Me thinks we need a Carlos cake to celebrate. :)

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2004
6:55 pm

othergoose
Can anyone imagine what pit would be like without Leo and her creative conducting?

(What's that? You're saying it might actually run smoothly...?!)

current mood: heh

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Friday, January 30th, 2004
5:26 pm

happinesss
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum!

I looked up the orchestra details!

It seems like there are FIVE clarinet parts. So, I'm happy!

A REAL BASS CLARINET PART!!!

There are also parts for alto sax, tenor sax, and bari sax. Who would we get for those?

Trombone parts. Um. Richie, care to transfer back to the pit?

A HARP PART!!! I should tell Ashley!

No french horn though...what is poor Kiera going to do?

I'm going to listen to the music now.

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Saturday, January 17th, 2004
6:58 pm - News flash!

thelichen
Apparantly there was a meeting yesterday discussing this year's musical, and our courageous Little Leo made a point to say that it MUST have a full pit. So no worries about Hair, then? (since that apparently only has a 'rock band' or something?)

And the lock to the orchestra room closet was stolen. Leonardi said she knows which student did it, but I'm thinking... (dun dun dun) ... Carlos Santiago, who else? Either that, or the kid stole it to create a shrine to the Big C.S.

On a completely unrelated note, I bought the West Side Story (Broadway, not movie) soundtrack today, and wow... that's some impossibly amazing music. Listening to "Cool" and thinking, "Errrr, I guess we could pull this off. If we had some brass players. Or rather, the entire jazz band. And a few philharmonics..."

Just a valiant effort to kick some life into this community!

current mood: quixotic

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Saturday, January 10th, 2004
5:47 am

richaayyy
Hi!

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003
10:12 pm - Musical jokes!!

thelichen
Conductor
Leaps tall buildings in a single bound.
Is more powerful than a locomotive.
Is faster than a speeding bullet.
Walks on water.
Gives policy to God.

Concertmaster
Leaps short buildings in a single bound.
Is more powerful than a switch engine.
Is just as fast as a speeding bullet.
Walks on water if sea is calm.
Talks with God.
More, more! I want more!Collapse )

current mood: geeky

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8:36 pm

bellajenni
Hey... where did the code from this community go? I just realized that we used my code to start it.. and now I no longer have one...

Anyone know someone that has one??

Jewish Gangsta's Unite!

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Friday, August 29th, 2003
11:18 am

richaayyy
Helloooo!

We should get this thing started again... I miss the Carlos days!

Umm.. anybody know what the ideas are for the show next year? lol

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Thursday, June 26th, 2003
12:53 pm

bellajenni
I feel old..

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12:48 pm

happinesss
Did anyone hear that Mr. Schwendeman(or however the hell you spell it) will be the director of like everything next year?

Oh, he'd be so much fun.

I think this community is dying. Post geeky musicalness stuff.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2003
11:56 pm - Hey kiddies

othergoose
Is Carlos dying on us? Don't let him down, my loves!

I know it's only May, but do any of you have any ideas of what next years musical will be? Think that they'll wait until February to decide again?

And we have to recruit some crazy brass players for pit next year, because we have Kiera. And Kiera.

And...Kiera.

(keep his spirit aliiiive)

current mood: RUSSIAN

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Sunday, January 5th, 2003
9:03 pm

happinesss
Does anyone know when pit orchestra rehearsals are going to start again?

I heard the music is most likely going to be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Anyone hear anything different?

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2002
8:43 pm - what can I say, inspiration hit me.

thelichen
Like a lock to a window! *ba-da-chingg!*



current mood: silly

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1:23 pm - Math for Musicians

othergoose
I sent these to a bunch of you, but aren't these wonderful?! Hahhaa. Got this from orchlover. Enjoy :)

1. Armando is the dynamic new conductor of an orchestra and has increased the ticket sales for the classical series to 95%. If the concert hall holds 3200 people, and the concerts begin promptly at 8:05pm, how many digital watch alarms will go off within one minute of 9:00pm? Within 5 minutes?

2. Richard has been a professional timpanist for 35 years. In his personal kit he owns 32 different yarn mallets, 12 different wood mallets, 5 different rubber mallets, and 2 different polished brass tack hammers. What are the odds that a conductor will ask him to use different mallets at the first rehearsal of a Haydn symphony? A Mahler symphony?

3. Julinda's orchestra performs Dvorak's "New World" symphony every 6 years, Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela every 4 years, and Berlioz's Overture to Benvenuto Cellini every 3 years. What are the odds that, in any given year, the program notes will include the sentence "The English Horn is neither English nor a horn."?

4. Sandy is tired of paying for clarinet reeds. If she adopts a policy of playing only on rejected reeds from her colleagues, will she be able to retire on the money she has saved if she invests it in mutual funds (yielding 8.7%) before she is fired from her job?

5. Jethro has been playing the double bass in a symphony orchestra for 12 years, 3 months and 7 days. Each day, his inclination to practice decreases by the equation: (Total days in the orchestra) x .000976. Assuming that he stopped practicing altogether 6 months ago, how long will it be before he is completely unable to play the double bass?

6. Wilma plays in the second violin section but specializes in making disparaging remarks about conductors and other musicians. The probability of her making a negative comment is 4:7 for any given musician, and 16:17 for conductors. If there are 103 musicians in the orchestra and the orchestra sees 26 different conductors each year, how many negative comments does Wilma make in a 2-year period? How does this change if 5 of the musicians are also conductors? What if 6 of the conductors are also musicians?

7. Horace is the General Manager of a symphony orchestra. He tries to hear at least 4 concerts a year. Assuming that at each concert the orchestra plays a minimum of 3 pieces, what are the chances that Horace can avoid hearing a single work by Mozart, Beethoven, or Brahms in the next 10 years?

8. Betty plays in the viola section. Despite her best efforts she is unable to play with the rest of the orchestra and, on average, plays .35 seconds behind the rest of the viola section, which is already .16 seconds behind the rest of the orchestra. If the orchestra is moving into a new concert hall with a reverberation time of 2.7 seconds, will she be able to continue playing this way undetected?

9. Ralph loves to drink coffee. Each week he drinks 3 more cups of coffee than Harold, who drinks exactly one third the amount that the entire brass section consumes in beer. How much longer is Ralph going to live?

10. Rosemary is unable to play in keys with more than 3 sharps without making an inordinate number of mistakes. Because her colleagues in the cello section are also struggling in these passages she has so far been able to escape detection. What is the total number of hours they would all have to practice to play the complete works of Richard Strauss?

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