39 Days Until LIFE: Knox Parks

March 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

As we count down to the April 27 performance of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, we will highlight our LIFE community sponsors, continuing today with Knox Parks:

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Knox Parks (KNOX) was founded in 1966 when city councilwoman Betty Knox established a trust fund to help maintain and preserve Hartford’s green spaces. Since its founding, KNOX has been a key partner in improving the City of Hartford’s green infrastructure and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community greening. KNOX’s principal services include creating and maintaining community gardens, neighborhood beautification and reforestation, park improvement efforts, development of greenways, and the management and maintenance of public green spaces. Each our programs support our mission: Using horticulture as a catalyst for community engagement, KNOX forges partnerships between residents, businesses, and government, providing leadership to build stronger, greener, healthier and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford.

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How You Can Help:

Volunteers and supporters are integral to every KNOX project! Visit our website,www.knoxparks.org, and join our mailing list to receive invitations to upcoming volunteer opportunities. Invest in KNOX by visiting our website and giving a gift through PayPal or Network for Good. We also accept donations by phone (860-951-7694) or mail (KNOX, 75 Laurel St. Hartford, CT 06106). KNOX is a community-based, trusted organization that will use your dollars to make the largest impact in Hartford. Remember to stay connected to our efforts and share our mission with your friends by following KNOX on Facebook (facebook.com/KnoxInc) and Twitter (@KnoxParks).

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46 days until LIFE: The Connecticut River Watershed Council

March 12th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

As we count down to the April 27 performance of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, we will highlight our LIFE community sponsors, continuing today with The Connecticut River Watershed Council:

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The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) is the primary citizen’s advocate for the entire Connecticut River and its four-state watershed. Since 1952, our members have helped to protect water—the river, its tributaries, lakes, fish – and the land, plants, and creatures connected to that water.  CRWC’s day-to-day work stretches from the Quebec border to the tides of Long Island Sound and helps preserve an amazing natural heritage for future generations. Our efforts include habitat restoration, river cleanups, outreach and education, and advocacy. Join us today to make a difference in the health of the river and your community.

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Aerial of Oxbow and Oxbow Marina on Connecticut Rivernear Holyoke Ridge and Mount Tom, Northampton, MA

How to show your support:

Join the Connecticut River WateCT Watershed_S2S 2010 boy with 2 bags - John Stack aka SpiritDog Photography - originalrshed Council for the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup. On October 4thand 5th, volunteers will help remove debris from the Connecticut River, local tributaries and their shores.  Sign up by yourself or organize a group – congregations, schools, scouting chapters and businesses enjoy working together on this annual event. Last year more than 2,000 volunteers helped to remove 99+ tons of trash from the river. For more information on this event contact Jacqueline Talbot at (860) 704-0057.

To become a member of CRWC, pledge your support or learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dana Gillette at (413) 772-2020, ext. 202 or dgillette@ctriver.org. You can also join or donate online at www.ctriver.org.

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Sunset over Connecticut River from Charter Oak Bridge, Hartford, CT

53 days until LIFE: CT Forest and Park Association

March 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Spearheaded by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, organizations from across the state of Connecticut are coming together to promote environmental awareness and preservation through LIFE: A Journey Through Time.

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At the center of the project will be a multimedia extravaganza for the senses featuring breathtaking photographs from National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting and original music by Philip Glass on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:30p.m. at Mortensen Hall at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan.

 LIFE aims to bridge the gap between nature and science, and is realized through the integration of photography with the performing arts and the world of life and earth sciences. The HSO will take the audience through seven stages of the Earth’s evolution: Elements, Beginnings, Out of the Sea, On Land, Into the Air, Out of the Dark, and Planet of Life through 60-minutes of continuous music and projected photographs.

In conjunction with the Hartford Symphony’s performance, Hartford Public Library will display 40 of Lanting’s LIFE photographs at their free Art Walk Exhibit space in the main HPL branch on Main Street in Downtown Hartford from April 8-May 3, as well as an opening event on Friday, April 12 at 6pm and a free lecture by Frans Lanting on Friday, April 26 at 6pm. Additionally, The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts will display more than a dozen of Lanting’s works in their promenade gallery from April 8 – May 3.

As we count down to the April 27 performance, we will highlight our LIFE community sponsors and Frans Lanting’s work, starting today with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association:

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The Connecticut Forest & Park Association protects forests, parks, walking trails and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land.  CFPA directly involves individuals and families, educators, community leaders and volunteers to enhance and defend Connecticut’s rich natural heritage.  CFPA is a private, non-profit organization that relies on members and supporters to carry out its mission.

We envision Connecticut as a place of scenic beauty whose cities, suburbs, and villages are linked by a network of parks, forests, and trails easily accessible for all people to challenge the body and refresh the spirit.  We picture a state where clean water, timber, farm fresh foods and other products of the land make a significant contribution to our economic and cultural well-being.

CFPA delivers programs designed to “Conserve” (Trail Stewardship and Land Conservation), “Connect” (WalkCT), “Advocate” (Legislative Agenda), and “Educate” (Education Program).

Since the first members banded together in 1895 to save Connecticut’s forests from runaway fires and excessive timber harvesting, CFPA’s singular blend of vision, persistence, and partnership has protected the landscapes whose very names mean Connecticut. Peoples State Forest. Mohawk State Forest. Gillette Castle. Rocky Neck. Sherwood Island. Talcott Mountain. All of these special places were protected through partnership efforts that CFPA catalyzed.

Over the past century, CFPA has been instrumental in the acquisition of more than 100 state parks and forests for public use and enjoyment. Today, CFPA continues to champion the needs of Connecticut’s public recreational facilities for the funding, personnel and equipment necessary to maintain and improve these natural treasures.

CFPA’s leadership over the years set a national example for successful forest conservation and reversed the damage to Connecticut’s natural resources. When the organization began its work, Connecticut was 20% forested: today it is 60% forested. CFPA remains vigilant and involved in the sound management and protection of our land, water and wildlife resources.

In addition to protecting land for public enjoyment, CFPA’s visionary leaders established the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System in 1929 which traverses public and private lands throughout Connecticut and is enjoyed by thousands of citizens each year. Today, approximately 825 miles of trails are maintained by hundreds of CFPA volunteers working in cooperation with many public and private landowners.

For you to make a difference in protecting and conserving Connecticut join and give to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, simply go to www.ctwoodlandsand click on “Join Us” or “Donate Now.” To volunteer on trail projects, events or in the office, go to www.ctwoodlands.org/volunteer. In 2012, CFPA volunteers contributed over 21,000 hours of their time – they make conservation happen in Connecticut.

“My thoughts turn towards you, my Immortal Beloved…”-Ludwig Van Beethoven

February 14th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today marks the final day in our month-long ode to love in words and music. To celebrate, we bring you the mother of all love letters, Beethoven’s letter to his “Immortal Beloved:”

While still in bed my thoughts turn towards you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then happy, then sad again, waiting whether fate might answer us – I can only live either wholly with you or not at all, Yes, I have resolved to stray about in the distance, until I can fly into your arms, and send my soul embraced by you into the realm of the Spirits – Yes, unfortunately it must be – you will compose yourself all the more since you know my faithfulness to you, never can another own my heart, never – never – O God why do I have to separate from someone whom I love so much, and yet my life in Vienna as it is now is a miserable life – Your love makes me at once most happy and most unhappy – At my age I would now need some conformity, regularity of my life – Can this exist in our relationship? – Angel, I have just heard that the mail coach goes every day – and thus I must finish so that you may receive the letter immediately. – Be patient – Only through quiet contemplation of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm; for only by calmly considering our lives can we achieve our purpose of living together.- Be calm – Love me – Today – Yesterday – What yearning with tears for you – You – You my life – My everything – Farewell – Oh continue to love me – Never misjudge the most faithful heart of your Beloved

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ever Thine

Ever Mine

Ever Ours

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Join us at the HSO tonight through Sunday at Love is in the Air for live love letter readings as well as music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla.

“I love you very much and want to hear from you and you are very pretty.” -Syd Barrett

February 13th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We continue with the final week of our month-long look at love in words in music today with a love letter, complete with illustrations, from an 18-year-old Roger “Syd” Barrett, a founding member of the band Pink Floyd, to his girlfriend, Jenny Spires:

Dear Jen, you are a little dish.

I’ll tell you everything that happened at the recording. We took all the gear into the studio which was lit by horrid white lights, and covered with wires and microphones. Rog had his amp behind a screen and Nicki was also screened off, and after a little bit of chat we tested everything for balance, and then recorded five numbers more or less straight off; but only the guitars and drums. We’re going to add all the singing and piano etc. next Wednesday. The tracks sound terrific so far, especially King Bee.

When I sing I have to stand in the middle of the studio with ear phones on, and everyone else watches from the other room, and I can’t see them at all but they can all see me. Also I can only just hear what I’m singing.

I hope you got home alright Jen, and that you had a good time. You wouldn’t have been able to come in to the recording and anyway it went on till after midnight, and would have been a whopping drag for you.

It was a nice thing to be which was tra tra la. (do not bother to interupt)

Do what you want Jen. I love you very much and want to hear from you and you are very pretty.

I am a bit fed up with everything today and I want to be in Cambridge or Greece but not in London where all I do is spend money and travel. The sun is shining though.

Love, Roger.

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We invite you to submit your favorite and personal love letters to love@hartfordsymphony.org. Our month-long homage to love will culminate this weekend at Love is in the Air on February 14-17. Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla, as well as live love letter readings.

“I sure am thinking of you, and I’m doggone lonesome…” -Elzie Segar

February 12th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We continue with the final week of our month-long look at love in words in music today with a love letter (or love cartoon) from Elzie Segar, the cartoonist of Popeye, to his then-girlfriend (future wife) Myrtle Johnson:

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We invite you to submit your favorite and personal love letters to love@hartfordsymphony.org. Our month-long homage to love will culminate this weekend at Love is in the Air on February 14-17. Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla, as well as live love letter readings.

“I cannot place you, cannot grasp you.” -Jack London

February 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We continue with the final week of our month-long look at love in words in music today with a love letter from author Jack London to author Anna Strunsky:

Dear Anna:

Did I say that the human might be filed in categories? Well, and if I did, let me qualify — not all humans. You elude me. I cannot place you, cannot grasp you. I may boast that of nine out of ten, under given circumstances, I can forecast their action; that of nine out of ten, by their word or action, I may feel the pulse of their hearts. But of the tenth I despair. It is beyond me. You are that tenth.

Were ever two souls, with dumb lips, more incongruously matched! We may feel in common — surely, we oftimes do — and when we do not feel in common, yet do we understand; and yet we have no common tongue. Spoken words do not come to us. We are unintelligible. God must laugh at the mummery.

The one gleam of sanity through it all is that we are both large temperamentally, large enough to often understand. True, we often understand but in vague glimmering ways, by dim perceptions, like ghosts, which, while we doubt, haunt us with their truth. And still, I, for one, dare not believe; for you are that tenth which I may not forecast.

Am I unintelligible now? I do not know. I imagine so. I cannot find the common tongue.

Large temperamentally — that is it. It is the one thing that brings us at all in touch. We have, flashed through us, you and I, each a bit of universal, and so we draw together. And yet we are so different.

I smile at you when you grow enthusiastic? It is a forgivable smile — nay, almost an envious smile. I have lived twenty-five years of repression. I learned not to be enthusiastic. It is a hard lesson to forget. I begin to forget, but it is so little. At the best, before I die, I cannot hope to forget all or most. I can exult, now that I am learning, in little things, in other things; but of my things, and secret things doubly mine, I cannot, I cannot. Do I make myself intelligible? Do you hear my voice? I fear not. There are poseurs. I am the most successful of them all.

Jack

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We invite you to submit your favorite and personal love letters to love@hartfordsymphony.org. Our month-long homage to love will culminate this weekend at Love is in the Air on February 14-17. Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla, as well as live love letter readings.

“My creed is love and you are its only tenet…” -John Keats

February 8th, 2013 § 6 comments § permalink

We continue our month-long at love in words in music today with a love letter from author John Keats to Fanny Brawne. Their love was short-lived as Keats died when he was only 25, buried with an unopened love letter from Fanny.

My Dearest Girl,

This moment I have set myself to copy some verses out fair.  I cannot proceed with any degree of content.  I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time.  Upon my Soul I can think of nothing else – The time is passed when I had power to advise and warn you again[s]t the unpromising morning of my Life – My love has made me selfish.  I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further.  You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you.  I should be afraid to separate myself far from you.  My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change?  My love, will it?  I have no limit now to my love – You note came in just here – I cannot be happier away from you – ‘T is richer than an Argosy of Pearles.  Do not threat me even in jest. I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.  My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet – You have ravish’d me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavoured often “to reason against the reasons of my Love.”  I can do that no more – the pain would be too great – My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.

Yours for ever
John Keats

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We invite you to submit your favorite and personal love letters to love@hartfordsymphony.org. Our month-long homage to love will culminate at Love is in the Air on February 14-17. Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla, as well as live love letter readings.

“They have all the fire of our passions…” -Heloise d’Argenteuil

February 7th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We continue our month-long at love in words in music today with an excerpt from one of the oldest known love letters, dated at approximately 1160AD. It is from a series of corespondances between the French nun, scholar and writer Héloïse d’Argenteuil and French philosopher and scholar Pierre Abélard:

To Peter Abelard:

By a peculiar power love can make that seem life itself which, as soon as the loved object returns, is nothing but a little canvas and flat colour. I have your picture in my room; I never pass it without stopping to look at it; and yet when you are present with me I scarce ever cast my eyes on it. If a picture, which is but a mute representation of an object, can give such pleasure, what cannot letters inspire? They have souls; they can speak; they have in them all that force which expresses the transports of the heart; they have all the fire of our passions, they can raise them as much as if the persons themselves were present; they have all the tenderness and the delicacy of speech, and sometimes even a boldness of expression beyond it. We may write to each other; so innocent a pleasure is not denied us. Let us not lose through negligence the only happiness which is left us, and the only one perhaps which the malice of our enemies can never ravish from us.

 Heloise

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We invite you to submit your favorite and personal love letters to love@hartfordsymphony.org. Our month-long homage to love will culminate at Love is in the Air on February 14-17. Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla, as well as live love letter readings.

“I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett…” -Robert Browning

January 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

We continue our month-long at love in words in music today with Robert Browning’s first letter to Elizabeth Barrett:

January 10th, 1845
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I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett,–and this is no off-hand complimentary letter that I shall write,–whatever else, no prompt matter-of-course recognition of your genius and there a graceful and natural end of the thing: since the day last week when I first read your poems, I quite laugh to remember how I have been turning again in my mind what I should be able to tell you of their effect upon me–for in the first flush of delight I though I would this once get out of my habit of purely passive enjoyment, when I do really enjoy, and thoroughly justify my admiration–perhaps even, as a loyal fellow-craftsman should, try and find fault and do you some little good to be proud of herafter!–but nothing comes of it all–so into me has it gone, and part of me has it become, this great living poetry of yours, not a flower of which but took root and grew… oh, how different that is from lying to be dried and pressed flat and prized highly and put in a book with a proper account at bottom, and shut up and put away… and the book called a ‘Flora’, besides! After all, I need not give up the thought of doing that, too, in time; because even now, talking with whoever is worthy, I can give reason for my faith in one and another excellence, the fresh strange music, the affluent language, the exquisite pathos and true new brave thought–but in this addressing myself to you, your own self, and for the first time, my feeling rises altogher. I do, as I say, love these Books with all my heart– and I love you too: do you know I was once seeing you? Mr. Kenyon said to me one morning “would you like to see Miss Barrett?”–then he went to announce me,–then he returned… you were too unwell — and now it is years ago–and I feel as at some untorward passage in my travels–as if I had been close, so close, to some world’s-wonder in chapel on crypt,… only a screen to push and I might have entered — but there was some slight… so it now seems… slight and just-sufficient bar to admission, and the half-opened door shut, and I went home my thousands of miles, and the sight was never to be!

Well, these Poems were to be–and this true thankful joy and pride with which I feel myself.

Yours ever faithfully

Robert Browning

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We invite you to submit your favorite and personal love letters to love@hartfordsymphony.org. Our month-long homage to love will culminate at Love is in the Air on February 14-17. Led by Music Director Carolyn Kuan, this program will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Bizet and Falla, as well as live love letter readings.

 

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