. . . the 2016 BBC Proms have started. If you haven’t listened to Friday night’s Sol Gabetta/BBC Symphony Orchestra performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto you’re assuredly not amongst the cool kids.
If you hit that link, the concerto starts about twenty minutes in, but don’t feel you have to skip to it. There’s some pretty ghastly pretentious patter by the presenters but also two other renditions that are really worth listening to. One is Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.
The other, unscheduled, is a performance of La Marseillaise. The standing ovation is deafening and prolonged. I was so proud of the Proms when I heard this.
And back to trivial self-interest:
There’ll be another o/t post soon. My imminent (August 2) book Eureka!: 50 Scientists who Shaped Our World has been getting some embarrassingly good advance reviews from PW, Kirkus et al., and, despite the aforementioned embarrassment (yeah, right — total swankorama going on; my poor wife), I plan to inflict a few of them upon you.
Also o/t: The town of Milford, Pennsylvania — famed as the home of the original annual Milford Writers’ Workshops, founded by sf writers Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm — is holding the inaugural Milford Readers and Writers Festival over the weekend of September 30. I’ll be dropping in for a couple of the events. (I’m a sort of widdershins alumnus of the original Milford workshops, having attended the UK offshoot several times.) If you’re going to be there, I’d love to say hello.