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Cantabria Cuna de La Atlántida y origen de Euskadi-Euskera e Iberia   

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Cantabria, Cuna Vasco, IBERIA y Atlántida: ¡pruebas definitivas! Cantabria Cuna de La Atlántida y origen de Euskadi-Euskera e Iberia. Un cántabro de laredo (delesukera laher pino + edu, pineda de los edu (en la zona hay muchos pinos)) encontró en Cántabria la primera poesia en euskera el canto del lelo(=himno en euskera) sobre las guerras […]
          

Pacific Symphony Announces 2020-21 Hal And Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series   

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Music Director Carl St.Clair and President John Forsyte today announced the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series, inaugurating St.Clair's fourth decade as music director. Comprised of 44 concerts, the 2020-21 classical season reflects the orchestra's diverse repertoire-from core symphonic works, new commissions, full-length opera and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

"I look forward to beginning my fourth decade as Pacific Symphony's music director in the 2020-21 season," commented St.Clair. "During my 30-year tenure working with the orchestra, Pacific Symphony has risen from a young organization with just a $2 million budget to the newest orchestra to have been elevated by the League of American Orchestras to 'Group One' status, sharing this distinction with the nation's greatest orchestras."

St.Clair continued, "It is gratifying that the work we have accomplished has been recognized for its significant contribution to the quality of life in the region. Recently, the Orange County supervisors designated the Symphony as 'Orange County's Cultural Ambassador to the World,' recognizing our national and international reputation. But we are also ambassadors within the county to deepen in our audiences the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through the universal language of music. I invite you to join us for another great season of great music with your Pacific Symphony."

President John Forsyte remarked on the exciting aspects of the upcoming season St.Clair has planned. "There are many extraordinary highlights for Pacific Symphony's upcoming Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical series. Carl St.Clair curated an incredible season where every concert is a sonic adventure not to be missed."

"Beloved favorites such as Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony as well as Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 will be interwoven with glorious masterworks and such lesser known repertoire as Vaughan Williams' pastoral Symphony No. 5 and the rapturous Poem of Ecstasy of Alexander Scriabin," said Forsyte. "We are thrilled to welcome back world-renowned guest artists like Emanuel Ax and James Ehnes. The five guest conductors on the roster this season are in high demand the world over, and they bring fresh perspectives to their concert programs."

Continuing, Forsyte remarked, "Undoubtedly, a highlight of the year will be a partnership with South Coast Repertory and their exciting new Artistic Director David Ivers as we perform Mozart's Requiem and other selections by the great composer of the classic era. Theatrically, nothing will top a performance of Verdi's incredibly popular 'Rigoletto,' marking the 10th anniversary of Pacific Symphony's successful opera initiative." Forsyte concluded, "Finally, we look forward to a number of world and local premieres that underscore Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony's commitment to the music of our time. Sir James MacMillan's 'Fiat Lux' will shimmer and Chris Brubeck's 'Pas de deux' will enchant as we discover new sounds that showcase the Symphony's virtuosity. Over 30% of the works on the season are being performed for the first time by the Symphony, which is also artistically rewarding for the musicians of the orchestra as well as the audience."

2020-21 Season Highlights at a Glance

Lang Lang Explores Beethoven

Oct. 4-Heralded by The New York Times as "the hottest artist on the classical music planet," Lang Lang plays sold-out concerts all over the world. His dazzling technique and exuberant showmanship wow audiences the world over. He is that rare artist who can balance populism and artistry. Returning after an eight-season absence, the classical superstar makes a welcome return for a one-night-only special event, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Lang Lang performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 on a program that also holds the "Roman Carnival" Overture of Berlioz and Respighi's "Pines of Rome." Currently, only 2020-21 season subscribers are able to purchase tickets for this special add-on concert.

World Premiere of Pacific Symphony Commission from Sir James MacMillan

March 18-20, 2021-Leading Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan has been hailed by The New York Times as "ceaselessly inventive, evocative and penetrating." This major commission, entitled "Fiat Lux" ("Let There Be Light"), utilizes a text by Dana Gioia, the internationally acclaimed poet, California poet laureate and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carl St.Clair directs the performance, which opens with the English Renaissance motet "Spem in alium" by Thomas Tallis followed by Strauss' eternal tone poem "Death and Transfiguration." Pacific Chorale joins the Symphony on both the Tallis and the MacMillan world premiere for this "Cathedrals of Sound" program, which will take audiences on a spiritual journey, offering an evening of inspiration, awe and ambience.

This concert is generously sponsored by Fieldstead and Company.

Verdi's Operatic Masterpiece, "Rigoletto"

April 15, 17, 20, 2021-Pacific Symphony continues its commitment to presenting semi-staged opera with Verdi's immortal story about naïve love, betrayal and vengeance gone horribly wrong. Carl St.Clair conducts. The Symphony's semi-staged opera productions, now marking its 10th anniversary, are tailored to the concert hall with the orchestra on stage instead of in the pit. Scenes are evoked with partial sets-enhanced with lighting, projections and video-rather than represented with fully designed sets. Singers are costumed and perform in character. This engenders a deeper intensity between artists and audience, creating heightened dramatic impact and compelling performances. Previously, audiences have been faced with two extremes: bare-bones concert opera where the singers stand and sing as soloists in front of the orchestra or an extravagant full opera house production. Marc A. Scorca, president and chief executive of Opera America, calls semi-staged opera "a flowering of the space in between those two points."

Artists and creative team for Verdi's "Rigoletto" to be announced.



"The Mozart Project," an Original Collaboration with South Coast Repertory

June 10-12, 2020-Pacific Symphony and South Coast Repertory come together for an original partnership inspired by the artistry of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Joining the Symphony will be South Coast Repertory's Artistic Director David Ivers, who portrayed Antonio Salieri, to critical acclaim in the Utah Shakespeare Festival production of "Amadeus" in 2015, and James Sullivan as stage director. With the combined forces of the Symphony, Pacific Chorale and South Coast Repertory, this unique cross-disciplinary collaboration, "The Mozart Project" promises to be a memorable finale to the 2020-21 season.

Guest Soloists

Pacific Symphony guest soloists during the 2020-21 season include duo pianists and identical twins, Christina and Michelle Naughton* making their Symphony debut in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 10 for two pianos on a program that features Tchaikovsky's profoundly moving Fifth Symphony (Sept. 24-26); Lang Lang in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 (Oct. 4); cellist Jaime Laredo and violinist Sharon Robinson performing the West Coast premiere of Chris Brubeck's jazz-infused double concerto (Oct. 15-17); Bomsori Kim* performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (Nov. 12-14); Andrey Gugnin* performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (Dec. 3-5); Emanuel Ax performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 (Jan. 14-16, 2021); James Ehnes performing Sibelius' Violin Concerto (Feb. 25-27, 2021); soprano Elissa Johnston performing in the world premiere of MacMillan's "Let There Be Light" ("Fiat Lux") commissioned by Pacific Symphony (March 18-20, 2021); Rachel Barton Pine* performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (May 6-8, 2021); and pianist Haochen Zhang performing Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme of Paganini (May 20-22, 2021).

* An asterisk indicates soloists who are making debuts with Pacific Symphony this season.

Sunday Matinees

Carl St.Clair has devoted his tenure at Pacific Symphony to designing festivals and concert series that enable audiences to engage more deeply with both new music and standard orchestral repertoire. The four-concert Sunday matinee series was launched in 1995. Speaking from the stage, St.Clair offers the audience an intimate and lively exploration of the classics. These informal concerts are just 90 minutes long and provide a perfect introduction to classical music. The series includes: Tchaikovsky's Fifth (Sept. 27); Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony (Oct. 18); Schubert's Symphony No. 9, "The Great" (May 23, 2021); and Mozart's Requiem (June 13, 2021).

Additional Programming

Pacific Symphony presents four special concerts during the 2020-21 season: Lang Lang Plays Beethoven (Oct. 4); the holiday presentation of Handel's Glorious "Messiah" (Dec. 6) featuring the Pacific Chorale, led by guest conductor Robert Moody; and two concerts that reflect the Orange County community including "Lunar New Year" and "Nowruz" (Iranian New Year) celebrations led by Carl St.Clair (Feb. 13, 2021 and March 27, 2021, respectively).

The soon-to-be-announced SummerFest season at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa presents concerts beneath the stars, beginning July 4 and ending on the weekend after Labor Day weekend. Programming still to be announced in coming months includes the Pops series, Café Ludwig chamber music series and the Pedals and Pipes organ series.

Subscription and Ticket Information

Subscription information for Pacific Symphony's 2020-21 classical season is now available, offering a savings of up to 50% off regular single-ticket prices on a wide variety of concert packages from four to 12 concerts each. Subscribers save 20% on additional tickets purchased throughout the year and enjoy easy ticket exchange options and other subscriber-only benefits, including preferential discounts at nearby restaurants.

Tickets for special concerts are currently available for purchase only with subscriptions. Subscriptions may be purchased or renewed by any of four methods: online, by phone, by mail or in person at the Symphony office at 17620 Fitch, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. Pacific Symphony provides an easy payment plan option for subscribers.

For more information, call Pacific Symphony Patron Services at (714) 755-5799, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit PacificSymphony.org/classical. Groups of 10 or more that are interested in subscribing to the 2020-21 season should call Pacific Symphony's group sales department at (714) 876-2311.

Patrons may also visit PacificSymphony.org to learn about other nearby attractions and restaurants and make donations. The Symphony's website provides background on the performances and the performers, along with Spotify playlists of works to be performed.

Pacific Symphony performs in the heart of Southern California at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at 615 Town Center Drive on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus in Costa Mesa.

Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa is the official hotel of Pacific Symphony. The 2020-21 season media sponsors include the Los Angeles Times, Classical KUSC and PBS SoCal.



          

Washington's Birthday Celebration (Laredo, Texas)   

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Washington's Birthday Celebration (Laredo, Texas)

This celebration in honor of George Washington has been held since 1898 by Laredo, Texas, and its sister city on the other side of the Mexican border, Nuevo Laredo. The two Laredos (los dos Laredos in Spanish) are linked by history and by three bridges across the Rio Grande. Both cities also celebrate Mexico's Independence Day in September. Washington's birthday events include dances, fireworks, mariachi music, a fun run, a jalapeño-eating contest, and parades with lavishly decorated floats. More...
          

The Weekly Early Vote Wrangle   

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The Texas Progressive Alliance is gearing up for early voting.


For voters who are still making up their minds, the political calendar is full of events this week, local and national, in-person and broadcast.  Here's a rundown of Tweets with links to details.


As the Texas Tribune's most recent poll -- in conjunction with the University of Texas -- revealed, Bernie Sanders has taken the lead in the Lone Star State.


Bernie named his Super Tuesday co-chairs -- Greg Casar, Austin city council member; Jim Hightower; civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt; and former TDP vice chair Farrukh Shamsi -- and made a swing through North Texas over the weekend.


And Jolt Action's Movimiento2020 forum in Pasadena brought in all of the presidential candidates as well as a few local ones.


Robert Nagle endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president.  Emily McCullar at Texas Monthly noticed Michael Bloomberg saying things he thought were Texan, so she offered him some help.



And the TexTrib's concurrent survey of the Democratic Senate primary appears to show the race as 'one spot left for the runoff'.


A November pairing of Sanders and a Blue Dog at the top of the Texas ticket would present an uncomfortable dichotomy for progressive and conservative Donkeys.  Nervous political consultants are already wringing their hands.

"There is overall uncertainty which is growing. The real fear for Texas D’s remains Sanders," Bill Miller, a longtime Austin lobbyist who has worked with both Democrats and Republicans, said of a Sanders ticket. “'We’d be fucked' -- that’s what they’re saying. The drain at the top goes down to the bottom.”


The Great State's hottest Congressional primary features progressive Jessica Cisneros against incumbent conservaDem Henry Cuellar.  The Intercept's Rachel Cohen weighs on the sources of support, financial and otherwise.

A coalition of progressive groups and labor unions announced on Monday they’ll be spending at least $350,000 in support of Texas congressional candidate Jessica Cisneros, ratcheting up the momentum in the final two weeks ahead of her high-stakes primary against Rep. Henry Cuellar, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress.

The groups behind the independent campaign effort are the Working Families Party, the Communication Workers of America, the Service Employees International Union, and the Texas Organizing Project. All have previously endorsed Cisneros, a human rights lawyer and 26-year-old first-time candidate for the House of Representatives. The money will be going toward funding canvassers in Laredo, phone banking, direct mail, and digital and radio ads that will be running in both English and Spanish, according to the groups, whose plans have not previously been reported.

The outside spending comes after Cuellar, who has represented Texas’s 28th Congressional District since 2005, has received nearly a million dollars in support from conservative groups. Last week the Brownsville Herald reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a six-figure TV ad buy for Cuellar. The big business lobby, which is shelling out $200,000 on the ads, hasn’t spent so much on a Democrat since 2014. The Chamber is joining a dark-money group, American Workers for Progress, which has reportedly spent over $700,000 to tout Cuellar’s record on health care. The American Banking Association, a lobby group for the financial industry, jumped in the race last week too, spending $60,000 on pro-Cuellar radio ads.

Cuellar’s campaign has also ramped up its own efforts, running its first negative ad against Cisneros last week, attacking her for supporting abortion, taking money from outside the district, and claiming her opposition to the oil and gas industry will cost residents of the district jobs.

Kuff interviewed three candidates for Harris County District Attorney: Kim Ogg (the incumbent), Carvana Cloud, and Audia Jones.


A few bloggers took time to check in with the GOP.

Mustafa Tameez criticized the Trump administration’s recent attacks on so-called “sanctuary cities”.  Jenny Rollins looked at Mitt Romney's lonely vote to convict Trump in the impeachment trial through a Mormon lens.  Paradise in Hell interpreted John Cornyn, and the Texas Signal commented on Cornyn's low name recognition.

There are some ecological news updates.


Downwinders at Risk opened another school year at the College of Constructive Hell-Raising.


Earthworks' Ethan Buckner explained why the environmental activist organization is suing Taiwanese chemical giant Formosa Plastics for their repeated violations of past court agreements over their plastic pollution.


Derrick Broze posted his 5G documentary.


Reform Austin elaborates on these three ways the Census helps Texas.


The Lunch Tray took a closer look at Unilever's decision to mostly end child-directed marketing of ice cream.

Steve Rossignol at The Rag Blog wrote about the Underground Railroad route, including possibly a way station, through Blanco County.

Why would a group of escaping slaves have traveled west from Smithville to escape to Mexico?  For a variety of reasons, not the least being that the Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras path to Mexico would have been the shortest route.  It would have also been in a less populated area, free from the pro-slavery plantation areas of eastern Texas. And it would have been a friendlier route (the possibility of encountering hostile Native Americans notwithstanding).  The German population of the Hill Country was adamantly against slavery and Blanco County voted overwhelmingly against secession in February 1861.  The Freethinker German settlements of Sisterdale and Comfort, both militantly political against slavery, would have been along the route.

Another tantalizing clue for the existence of a way station on the Texas Underground Railroad in the Hill Country is given in the autobiography of Dr. Adolph Douai.  Douai was an ardent abolitionist and a refugee from the 1848 revolution in Germany. He resided for a period of time in Sisterdale, 10 miles as the crow flies from the headwaters of the Blanco River.   Douai remarked: "The Negroes often escaped to us and then easily fled to Mexico."

The Morning Consult details the damage the Houston Astros' brand has suffered as a result of the sign-stealing scandal.  SocraticGadfly saw new manager Dusty Baker worrying about beanballs for the Astros and thought about plenty of other punishment tactics that other teams could come up with, on or off the field.

With spring on the verge of ... springing, a variety of outdoor activities are on Texans' minds.  It's the beginning of Mardi Gras Galveston week, and here's a great list of 23 Hill Country road trips, from bluebonnets to tubing.


          

CBP Officers Make a Double Play As They Intercept Hard Narcotics Worth More Than $2.9M   

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LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry were successful in seizing two separate loads of hard narcotics with a combined value of over $2.9 million. “Our frontline officers continued their strict vigilance this weekend and their determination and commitment ...

CBP Officers Make a Double Play As They Intercept Hard Narcotics Worth More Than $2.9M is original content from Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.


          

New Jeep Grand Cherokee Two Harbors MN 55616   

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Sensibility and practicality define the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the refined 6 cylinder engine, and load leveling rear suspension maintains a comfortable ride. Four wheel drive allows you to go places you've only imagined. A wealth of standard features means that you no longer have to sacrifice. Such as remote keyless entry, speed sensitive wipers, an outside temperature display, front fog lights, a power liftgate, skid plates, a trailer hitch, and voice activated navigation. For drivers who enjoy the natural environment, a power moon roof allows an infusion of fresh air. Audio features include an AM/FM radio, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and 10 speakers, providing excellent sound throughout the cabin. In the event of a rollover collision, side curtain airbags provide additional protection for outboard seated passengers. Our team is professional, and we offer a no-pressure environment. We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Stop in and take a test drive!


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