Learning from a legend (a.k.a. Dad)

first_img Bernstein material available for first time Related It seemed likely that centennial celebrations of the life and work of legendary maestro Leonard Bernstein ’39 would spill over with music, requiring more than a single year.And that is precisely how the occasion — with more than 2,000 concerts and shows already planned across the country and the world — is shaping up.“It’s an unrepeatable opportunity to remind the world of who he was, what he did, the legacy, and to introduce him to a new generation of music lovers who don’t know who he is anymore,” said Jamie Bernstein ’74, who will crisscross the globe with her brother and sister for many of the events celebrating their Lawrence-born father. “It is quite an undertaking, and a good thing I have two siblings.”Bernstein came to campus late last month for a concert talk with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. Before the concert, she met students taking Carol Oja’s course on her father’s Young People’s Concerts.“Leonard Bernstein’s historic work with the New York Philharmonic offers an opportunity to study classical music performance within the context of social justice and American culture at large,” said Oja, the William Powell Mason Professor of Music, who described her course as “a mix of memory, music, and media.”Jamie Bernstein’s visit came as students were preparing to travel to New York to see (and hear) the philharmonic and interview longtime subscribers who attended the concerts as children. In her time on campus, Jamie joined students to watch archival clips from the Young People’s Concerts, which began in 1958 when her father persuaded CBS to broadcast the shows.“It was always too long. There’d be frantic, feverish lunch meetings between performances. My dad never wanted to cut anything, but they had to,” said Jamie, whose earliest memories as a girl on the set include stealing donuts from the musicians and eating roast beef sandwiches.She also remembered the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” coming on the radio during the drive home to Connecticut after a performance.“That’s in the Mixolydian mode,” her father observed. “Do you know what a mode is?” Jamie was stumped. Sure enough, the title of the next Young People’s Concert was “What Is a Mode?” ‘Symbiotic’ Web archive launched <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0rUDj1UrO8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/x0rUDj1UrO8/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Before the classroom conversation, Jamie Bernstein described working to uphold her father’s legacy through her 2014 documentary “Crescendo! The Power of Music,” about children in U.S.-based youth orchestras for social change that were modeled after Venezuela’s groundbreaking El Sistema program.“These Venezuelan youth orchestras were originally devised as a way to get the kids off the streets, but what became clear very quickly was that not only was it a safe space, it was also an environment where kids could learn the best lessons for being a good person in the world,” she said. “It reminded me so much about my dad, and how he used music to express the best things about humanity. You are not just playing your instrument in your ivory tower. You are using music to make the world a better place.”Jamie recalled that her time as a Harvard student was “not my happiest.” Homesickness was a challenge, along with her father’s larger-than-life visits.“Those were tough years for me, further complicated in my junior year,” she said. “Guess who arrived on campus to give the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures? And who had so much fun he came back in my senior year? It’s only been in the last decade I could find ways to come back to the Harvard campus and feel like I’m adding value in some way.” “He could never turn off the teaching faucet,” she said. “It was his impulse on everything he did. We got it at home 24/7.”Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra conductor Federico Cortese, who as a student at Tanglewood had a chance to see Leonard Bernstein at work, described the maestro as “the most communicative musician I’ve seen in my whole life.”“It was inspiring,” he said.Jamie Bernstein talked about her father’s political and social consciousness, which was demonstrated in the pieces and places he played. In 1948, during the Israeli War of Independence, he led the Israel Philharmonic in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. When the Berlin Wall fell, in 1989, he made Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its “Ode to Joy,” his song of celebration.Disciplines among Oja’s students range from neurobiology and philosophy to computer science and music. Some play instruments, and several cited “West Side Story” as their baseline knowledge of Bernstein. Few had heard of the Young People’s Concerts before the course.“I don’t think I have ever taken a course that is so specifically focused on one individual,” said Arlesia McGowan ’19, a concentrator in human developmental regenerative biology and music. “I like that we have spent a lot of time not only getting to know Bernstein as an artist but as a person. I feel like with a lot of composers-conductors, we musicians only know them by their music … we often forget that they are humans like us who were criticized just as much as they were praised.”last_img read more

South Burlington named one of ‘Top Ten Best School Districts with Housing under $500,000’

first_imgSouth Burlington has been rated in the top ten school districts nationally with housing costs under $500,000, according to a review by a national rating firm. While millions throughout the nation prepare for traditional back to school activities, some families are searching for affordable housing based on local schools or desirable school districts. In some cases, proximity to quality schools is so important buyers may choose to rent close to a preferred school until the right home becomes available, especially if they’re running out of time before the first day of school.”I recently worked with clients that were moving to the Northwest Chicago suburbs from out of state,” said Nina Rocus, a Realtor in Schaumburg, Illinois. “They originally looked for homes close to particular school districts, and wanted to move in before the school year started so their son would be enrolled on time for this school year. But because they felt they were running out of time they ended up renting. They still want to find a home in the spring so we will start looking again then.”Because proximity to a quality school is such a high priority for some families as they search for their next home(1), buyers and sellers in cities with top ranked schools or school districts can often expect to see higher median list prices as compared to the statewide median list price, sometimes as much as 10 to 28 percent(2) higher.”Without a doubt the ‘right’ school district increases value by 12 to 14 percent in my area even in today’s market,” said Maria Picardi-Kenyon, a long-time Realtor located in New Jersey. “I’ve spoken with many clients who are convinced that a preferred school district provides as much as 20 percent or more value to a home.”To help families as they search for academic excellence and affordable housing during this year’s back to school season, Move, Inc., the leader in online real estate, today releases median list prices in ten communities ranked with high education quality scores, along with tips on how to expedite this season’s real estate search before the school bell rings.Median List Prices For Cities Home to the High Scoring School DistrictsIn an April 2010 review of 17,377 cities and towns in 49 states(3), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky led the review with the highest ranking school districts in terms of educational quality scores and median list prices(4) under $200,000. The review took into consideration K-12 public school enrollment data, student test scores, and population data that determined average education quality scores, among other data.Single-Family Homes – Median List Price Under $200,000Town/CitySchool DistrictEducation Quality Score(3)State Median List Price(5)City Median List Price(5)Mason, OHMason City96.56$135,900$189,500Fishers, INHamilton Southeastern95.89$129,900$ 184,900Fort Thomas, KYFort Thomas94.22$154,900$ 174,900Allison Park, PAAllison Park94.07$198,900$ 169,900North Royalton, OHNorth Royalton92.54$135,900$ 179,000Data from the same April 2010 review(6) also indicated the highest ranking school districts in terms of educational quality scores with median list prices between $200,000 and $345,270 today can be found in Vermont, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.Single-Family Homes – Median List Price Under $200,000 to $500,000Town/CitySchool/School DistrictEducation Quality Score(7)State Median List Price(8)City Median List Price(8)Edina, MNEdina94.74$199,900$345,000Zionsville, INZionsville Community94.03$129,900$325,000Brookfield, WIElmbrook93.94$184,000$298,900South Burlington, VTSouth Burlington93.74$269,500$272,500Germantown, WIGermantown School District93.65$184,000$285,900Factors Associated With Selecting Housing Near Quality SchoolsWhile the National Education Association’s study on student achievement reports the proximity of affordable housing in stable neighborhoods remains a key component to a student’s success, buyers also often consider location to jobs, shopping, freeways, and property taxes among other things when searching areas with high ranked school districts.”Clients focused on a particular school district are often inclined to favor neighborhoods that have great accessibility to community facilities like parks, pools, tennis courts, running/biking trails, as well as access to retail and restaurants,” said Tom Thornton, an EcoBroker with Realty Austin of Austin, Texas. “In Austin, popular neighborhoods with good schools can have an average negotiation range of two to three percent from list price, while the resale advantage can be as much as a five or 10 percent premium compared to neighborhoods without popular amenities.”Is Bigger Better?The ability to live, earn and learn often comes with a price in communities that serve larger student populations. According to The United States Department of Education, three states – California, Florida and Texas – account for 45 of the nation’s largest public school districts with an average of 169 school choices per district.Median list prices for single-family homes listed for sale on the Move Network in California, Florida and Texas in July 2010 were$335,000, $215,000, and $179,900 respectively, while the national media price was $212,900 during the same time period.Average active list prices for single-family homes listed for sale on the Move Network in the nation’s top three largest school districts in July 2010 were $816,545 in New York, $879,743 in Los Angeles, and $425,869 in Chicago.Nation’s Largest School Districts / Market Median List PriceCitySchool DistrictEducation Grade(9)State Median List Price(10)City Median List Price(10)New York, NYNYC SchoolsPop: 1,049,831B+$299,900$816,545Los Angeles, CALA Unifiedstudent pop: 735,058B$335,000$879,743Chicago, ILCity of Chicago School Dist-299. pop: 409,279B$209,900$425,869Miami, FLDade County School District. pop: 352,536C$215,000$765,599Ft. Lauderdale, FLBroward County School District. pop: 231,187B$215,000$585,901Community Information, School Data and More Available online 24/7Regardless of the time of year, consumers searching for a property on the Move Network can easily find local community information at the bottom of each listing detail page(11) including school name, distance from the home of interest, type of school, grades taught, Great Schools Rating, parent rating; and the location of the home on a map that can be viewed in road, aerial or bird’s eyes views.Additional information on these listing detail pages(12) includes: cost of living; climate; distinctive community characteristics such as the closest airport, colleges, closest major sports team, and general community information such as population statistics; household information including number, size and family make up of recorded households; general housing information such as pricing, dwelling age and annual residential turnover; available transportation types; income, net worth and employment by industry and occupation.ABOUT MOVE, INC.Move, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOVE) is the leader in online real estate with 11.6 million(13) monthly visitors to its online network of websites. Move, Inc. operates: Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; REALTOR.com®, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®; Moving.com; SeniorHousingNet; and TOP PRODUCER Systems. Move, Inc. is based in Campbell, California.(1) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 2009 NAR(2) Comparison of July 2010 Median List Prices vs. State Median List Prices, Move, Inc.(3) Forbes.com(4) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(5) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(6) Forbes.com(7) Forbes.com(8) Median List Prices, Single-family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(9) www.k12research.com(link is external)(10) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(11) 2009 Onboard Informatics(12) 2009 Onboard Informatics(13) comScore Media Metrix, July 2010This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management’s view of Move’s future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Move’s future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Move cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Move expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.SOURCE Move, Inc. CAMPBELL, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Gateshead’s big match

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Zimbabwe: AFCON 2019 ranking, schedule and basic info [Infographic]

first_imgZimbabwe won friends in 2017 despite going out at the group stage. This time they can go at least one step further. Sunday Chidzambwa’s side qualified in outstanding style and will not be fazed about facing the competition in Egypt.–Follow all the Zimbabwe games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fanzones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img