This year, for the first time since I moved to the States, I had the opportunity to enjoy my traditional New Years' Show on TV: the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year Concert.
The pleasure was somehow spoiled by the little cherubs' dance on the Blue Danube (awful costumes), but it brought back memories. Not that my people back home were big lovers of classic music -but they enjoyed Strauss and the opulence of the decor. I enjoy classic music (more than just Strauss) and I have to say that this year's conductor was an inspired choice(1). As a plus : the Haydn final was delightful and I had a hard time not to applaud to the rhythm of the Radetzky March (it is tradition but the neighbours here would not get it).
as for my 2009 to do list -I did remember to buy make up remover on the 31st (yes!!!), now I have to remember to use it (2). I also finished my hallway project that adds wall hooks to the tree coat -thus we do actually get to sit on the couch and not use it for coats...so with two things from my list already accomplished I can call it a good start...
thus, to everyone : A happy new year!!!
(1)from their presentation: " the Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. This all-round musician, who debuted as a pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1965 and conducted the orchestra for the first time in 1989, combines his musical abilities with ideas and gestures which give his work significance beyond the concert hall. Among the many awards Barenboim has received was the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in Vienna in 2006, where the foundation's board of trustees noted his "unifying efforts toward peace in the Middle East". "
(2)not to remove make up, but to clean my skin