Saturday, August 11, 2007

You say Oh-vid, I say Ah-vid

Now that you have all seen and, no doubt fallen in love with Katy, I'll tell you something she was doing last night.
Last night, at the Good Shepard center, Katy was one of the singers for a presentation of Ovid's Metamorphoses.
The series of mythological tales, originally in Greek, was here recited in
the more modern languages of English, Latin, (Church Latin,
which is for worshiping the great unknown, rather than Roman Latin
[which I pretend to know something about, having read Henry Beard's
"Latin for all Occasions" {Lingua Latina Occasionibus Omnibus Henricus Barbatus scripsit}) which is for kicking Europe's ass in to some semblance of order.
and Valley girl. No, really. Moon's influence, I suppose.
The first part of the show featured the music of Margie Pos.
Sort of a small Bass concerto (co-incidence?) with Margie on bass and a small ensemble consisting of
Cello/percussion by Ben Deitzen,
Accordion by Marchette DuBois
Percussion by Mike Hamms,
Violin by Paris Hurley,
Scott Rixe laptop,
and a vocal ensemble with Sarah Burgess, Amber Flame, Flora McGill, and Katy Webber.

Very nice bass work combined with some interesting percussion and accordion.
And of course, poetry and vocal chords by the Sirens

After a short intermission, Ovid showed up, as interpreted by Gretta Harley, who composed and conducted.
Shiela Daniels and Sarah Rudinoff narrated.
The Stylin' Sirens did the vocal backup.
The Stylin' sirens are;
Juliana Brandon
Marchette DuBois
Margie Pos
Maeg O'Donoghue-Williams
Sarah Burgess
Amber Flame
Flora McGill
Katy Webber

Lovely choral sounds.
Very entertaining narration.

Still reading from the program here;
Publius Ovidius Naso 43BC-17AD master storyteller (check for the whole story)
Metamorphoses, a narrative poem in 16 books. 45 tales about love in all it's disgusting glories and painful ecstasies.

1) Introduction:
"Now I am ready to tell how bodies are changed into different bodies
(in nova fert animus mutates, dicere formas corpora)"

2) Echo and Narcissus
3) Semele and Juno
4) Arachne and Minerva
5) Myrrah
6) Tereus and Philomela
7) Arethusa

"Some are transformed just once and live their lives after in that
shape. Others have a facility for changing themselves as they please"

Madonna comes to mind.

And Mitt Romney.

Come to think of it, I used to be a person who could get into a pair of 30 inch waist pants.

So, anyway I enjoyed the show thoroughly and was glad I attended.

Excuse me, a cat just jumped up on my lap and delivered several seed pods and other outdoor detritus Hey! stay away from the keybojysa;og;



Blogger butch said...

Now this sounds like a stimulating evening, sir --Culture with a capitol "C" as they say, some theatre, philosophy, harmony, latin, history, music, and sex. Yeah, I'm sure it was cool.

Publius Ovidius Naso (March 20, 43 BC – 17 AD) was a Roman poet known to the English-speaking world as Ovid who wrote on topics of love, abandoned women and mythological transformations. Ranked alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature, Ovid was generally considered the greatest master of the elegiac couplet. His poetry, much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, had a decisive influence on European art and literature for centuries.

Ovid wrote in elegiac couplets, with two exceptions: his lost Medea, whose two fragments are in iambic trimeter and anapests, respectively, and Metamorphoses, which he wrote in dactylic hexameter, the meter of Virgil's Aeneid and of Homer's epics. Ovid offers an epic unlike those of his predecessors, a chronological account of the cosmos from creation to his own day, incorporating many myths and legends about supernatural transformations from the Greek and Roman traditions.

By AD 8, Ovid had completed his most famous work, a compilation of Roman and Greek mythology called the Metamorphoses. The book discusses the myths of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Medea, the love affairs of Zeus, and many other celebrated Roman myths. For literary scholars today the book is very valuable, as it offers an explanation to many alluded myths in other works. It is also a valuable source for those attempting to piece together Roman religion, as many of the characters in the book are Olympian gods or their offspring.

Gosh, who would have thought that "Latin", a language nearly as dead as Etruscan (?), could be so rich, so textured, so varied ?

Book Description
From cocktail party chitchat, to bumper stickers, to personal ads--everything you'll ever need to say in perfect Latin! A backlistius bestsellerus.

Illud iterum dicere potes!, May 19, 2003
By FrKurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (Bloomington, IN USA) - See all my reviews

This wonderful little book was presented to me many years ago after I had completed a Latin seminar. It was a wonderful gift, and I have found much use for the various phrases, and an extraordinary amount of humour that can be derived from the blandest of statements when translated into Latin. For example, the innocuous phrase 'Darn! There goes my beeper!' becomes quite funny in Latin:
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat!

One has visions of Caesar fumbling through his tunic for some beeping object.

So, if you need a little Latin on the golf course (Alterum ictum faciam); on the tennis court (minime latum!), at the beach when spotting a shark (Pistrix! Pistrix!), or you just need to say Illud Latine dici non potest (you can't say that in Latin), you'll be prepared with this volume.

It even comes with a section on what to say when at the Vatican (where it might truly come in handy). For instance you might need to say 'Ubi possum potiri petasi similis isti?' when passing a cardinal or nun (translation: Where can I get a hat like that?).

So, don't waste your time on watching reruns of Insula Gilliganis or game shows such as Periculum and Rota Fortunae -- pick up this book today, and merge the worlds past and present.

Die dulci fruere. (Have a nice day.)

Valley Girl is, like--Omigod!--one of the most "tubular" teen comedies of the early 1980s. This movie launched Nicolas Cage's career, and it's easy to see why: Following his tiny role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Cage is perfectly cast as a Hollywood punk who instantly falls for Julie (the irresistible Deborah Foreman), a San Fernando "Valley Girl"--a brighter variant of the stereotype immortalized in Moon Unit Zappa's 1982 novelty song--who must choose between wild-boy Nic and her preening jock boyfriend (Mark Bowen). Fortunately, Julie knows what's right for her (even if her "Val" friends don't), and in refreshing defiance of teen-flick tradition, her post-hippie parents (Frederic Forrest, Colleen Camp) are supportively cool. With sincere humor, a lively soundtrack of '80s hits, and a time-capsule cruise of Hollywood landmarks, Valley Girl is both timeless and nostalgic, owing much of its lasting appeal to Martha Coolidge's sensitive direction. Fer sure, y'know, it definitely won't gag you with a spoon. --Jeff Shannon

Margie Pos & Sean Osborn Win Jack Straw Productions Residencies
Music Faculty members Margie Pos and Sean Osborn were awarded Jack Straw Productions residencies for 2006. As part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program, these residencies provide artists with recording and production time with a sound engineer. Finished projects are presented to the public at the Jack Straw Meet the Artist and Composer Spotlight events.

Sean Osborn, clarinetist and composer, will record a CD of the premier recording of the 32 Etudes for Solo Clarinet by composer Cyrille Rose. Margie Pos, bassist and composer, will record original jazz compositions influenced by her study of musics from Cuba, India, and Argentina.

Followus Redundo Estupido Yup:
Friday, August 10, 2007
Gretta Harley & Margie Pos

Composer Gretta Harley presents a vocal setting of Ovid's Metamorphoses, sung by The Stylin' Sirens: Juliana Brandon, Sarah Burgess, Marchette DuBois, Maeg O'Donoghue- Williams, Margie Pos, Katy Webber; narrated by Sheila Daniels and Sarah Rudinoff; Megan Smithling, dramaturg and script editor. Also, an hour of ensemble music by bassist Margie Pos.

As to people who have remade themselves, don't leave out the greatest pedophile of the ages:
Michael Jackson.
And what about the Artist Formly Known as Prince?
And Donny Osmond?
And then there are those who cling to their past personas like death itself was biting their butt, like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney, and God help us, Woody Allen.

I think I was born with a size 34 waist, and now as a sectigernian, or is that sexigenerian? Any way a cat in his 60's, I settle in with a respectable 40, which trumps your 34 or 36. When you were slim and mean and energetic, and always had the slimest waist in high school without being skin and bones, you used to joke about getting old and having a bigger gut than the heavyweights around you. Didn't work out that way though.

Obama will kick Mitt's ass, and unfortunately Hillary will kick both their asses.


10:27 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Did I say the original language was Greek? Wadowhyno?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm VERY sorry I missed the Katy+Others concert, but it was for a good cause: unpacking boxes so I could once again read your VERY interesting blogs!!
-- Anonomann

4:59 PM  

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