Great trip filled with the arts

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just returned from a trip where we went to a wonderful show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber was exceptional. Thomas Schumacher gave a wonderful performance as the Phantom of the Opera. I loved Tonna Millers performance as Carlotta Giudicelli. The entire cast were remarkable and the costumes were very elaborate. Kudos to the set designer Paul Weimer and the pyro technician, Kevin Ankele. At one point, we could actually feel the heat from the special effects on our faces. The set designs were amazing. I would definitely suggest seeing the show.

At the Mint Museum of Art we were blown away that the pieces actually dated as far back as they did. We liked the variety of pieces included in the exhibits and the fact that they were so encompassing. The exhibit by Bob Trotman, Business as Usual, was very depressing and sad. It guided your thoughts toward the lives of corporate America and the quagmire they can find themselves caught in. Depressing in the fact that a person can find that this is all their lives mean. "strangers to their own lives, separate by their projections of power, privilege and prosperity which they substitute for real joy of living". It would be terrible to reach a ripe age of seventy and find that this is all you life meant. I liked the fact that he used family and friends as his models. An amazing exhibition.

We were sorry to miss the Mint Museum of craft and design but plan to return soon to complete our experience with the Mint. We also look forward to the new museums completion. We look forward to our next visit to Charlotte.

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    Girl, do a search on the web and watch your favorite operas there. We are planning to see his Cats as well, ASAP. Can't wait. Hope you find some awesome videos out there!

    emoticon See you this morning LOL I soooooooo, don't want to come in this morning.

    Oh yes! I painted the guest bathroom yesterday and it simply looks fantastic. Pelican blue, wasn't sure I liked it at first, but it's beginning to grow on me.
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    By the way, what a scintillating description of the opera. I am intrigued by the Phantom of the Opera myself. The last opera I have seen was about two years ago and it was thoroughly wonderful. I adore the opulence of opera. The voices in a good opera are stunning and amazing to behold. I remember the musical score of the phantom as dramatic with flair and passion. It simply seized me. Though I do not really listen to opera at home, I wonder why, since I enjoy the visual so much. I may be compelled to look into some further and see if I may enjoy a little home listening. I don't like the opera music on the radio though. I believe it would require finding artists that I enjoy. Well, I am glad you enjoyed this exciting rendition of the Phantom of the Opera and the special effects. I feel almost sure that you'll not soon forget your experience. Wow!

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    Glad you enjoyed your experiences at the museum. Sounds like you garnered some valuable insights as well. I enjoy art and history as well. They are excellent vehicles for discovery of the world around us through a subjective point of view. I hope you enjoy your following trip as much as the first. Hope you are settling in at home again. Wishing you well! Karen

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