to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9
questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other
times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random
questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and
leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate
rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!
Complete Symphonies (2019)
we're classing up the joint with a well-received box-set by the Danish Chamber
Orchestra. You can listen to the orchestra
Beethoven is one of classical music's best known composers. Do you often listen
to classical music?
Not as often as I have in the past, but only because I don't listen to any music
much any more. I do enjoy classical music, though, and I love the
Beethoven symphonies. I once took a class on the 9 symphonies, taught by
the then-conductor of the San Francisco symphony.
2) Though a musical genius, Beethoven never learned to multiply or divide.
When faced with a simple arithmetic problem, do you do it in your head? Or do
you rely on the calculator in your phone or on your computer?
I can add 2 and 2, but if I have to add 2 and 6 I generally use the computer to
make sure I have the right answer. In other words, I definitely use the
3) Beethoven bathed often, which was considered "quirky" for a man of his
time. (Understandable, since you had the heat the water, haul it to the tub, and
then empty the tub bucket by bucket when you were done.) Do you bathe in the
morning or in the evening?
More in the afternoon. It takes me so long to get going in the morning
that it is afternoon before I think about showering. Never shower at
4) Adam Fischer conducts the Danish Chamber Orchestra for this 5-disc set. He
began his musical career young, when he sang in the children's choir of
Budapest's National Opera House. Have you ever sung in a choir or chorus?
I sang in choir all through grammar and high school, and was part of the choir
for the Newman Center at UC Berkeley. After I married, I was in choirs in
the various churches that we belonged to until we moved to Davis. I found
the choir here too boring and didn't enjoy it.
5) Mr. Fischer was awarded the Gold Medal of Arts from the Kennedy Center in
Washington, DC. Tell us about a prize or award you have received. (Yes, that
ribbon you earned for penmanship in second grade counts.)
I have won two "significant" awards, neither of which I feel I earned. I
won a one-way trip to Los Angeles on a cruise ship as 5th prize for something I
wrote in high school, but my teacher really wrote most of it and while I enjoyed
the cruise, I didn't feel proud of the award. I also won an Elly Award,
which honors outstanding achievements of community theaters and artists in the
Sacramento area. I was awarded as co-author of an original musical (a
Gilbert and Sullivan parody) but really I didn't do
all that much and the co-author did 99% of the work.
6) The Danish Chamber Orchestra is beloved in Demark. When, in 2014, the
Danish Broadcasting Company announced it would no longer fund the Orchestra,
citizens began a crowdfunding campaign and raised more than $1,000,000 to keep
the music playing. Have you ever contributed to a crowdfunding platform, like
GoFundMe, Kickstarter or FundRazr?
I occasionally contribute to GoFundMe campaigns. I don't usually see
Kickstarter or FundRazr.
7) The Orchestra's "home" is the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in
Copenhagen. Where were you when you last heard music played live?
It was the 10th of March, when I reviewed Camelot. I don't know
when I will hear live music again, now that all of the upcoming musicals have
been cancelled because of the virus.
8) In 2019, when this boxed set was released, China became the first nation
to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. Are you fascinated by stories
Mildly interested, but I remember in 1969, when Neil Armstrong landed on the
moon, standing on my porch looking up at the moon, amazed to think that there
were human beings on it.
9) Random question: Tell us about your week. These are extraordinary times,
and it might feel good to share.
The governor has asked everyone in California to Shelter in Place, so we are
sitting at home. Watching TV, Ned is doing yard work, Walt gets out of
here to bike ride, not stopping anywhere. I'm binge watching Scandal.
Made a delicious quiche last night. Since we rarely go out to eat and
never order meals out, the closed restaurants are not a problem for us.