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cultural blog

The posts are prologues

or epilogues to events

around town that promise

inspiration. If I wil  hear applause 

acknowledging my effort confined

in this cultural blog,

I will bow and celebrate with a glass

of Bohemian champagne!

Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

July 1, 2020

Once upon a time, there was a small house on a small hill with 18 steps leading to the front door. We cruised around t, scrutinized it, inspected it, and just like that we chose it to be  ours ....all 360 square feet of it! All of the windows were blue painted shut, th...

June 9, 2020

Click on the picture above to listen to the video! 

Antonín Dvořák's music is full of spontaneity, vivid colors,  sweeping  longing  melodies, urgent drama and whimsicality. His music envelops you with joy (as Symphony no 8, Dumky, Humoresques, Carnival Overture),...

May 11, 2020

Everyone knows the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"! It originated as a French pastoral song in 1740 to which Jane Taylor added the famous English text "Twinkle" in 1806.  BUT! Maybe not everyone knows that this French melody charmed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart so much t...

April 24, 2020

We all love tango! We love Astor Piazzola's Tango Nuevo as much!

Who was Astor Piazzola? 

Astor Piazzola (1921-1992) broadened tango horizons by creating in the mid fifties "tango nuevo". It is tango that keeps the substance and  beauty of the traditional tango that is e...

April 12, 2020

It is short!  It is dynamic! It is informal! Join me for short stories behind wonderful pieces of music that will lift up your spirit!  I love to look for every details of circumstances and  inspirations leading composers to create: why Beethoven wrote his symphony no....

March 6, 2020

A concert in mid-week is a daring thing to suggest! But we believed there are many who like to celebrate ordinary week day with extraordinary musical moments. And we prevailed! 

Mother and son who have each their own successful musical career get together seve...

February 8, 2020

Our accomplished guest from the Czech Republic, Ludmila Peterková, charmed with the clarinet her San Diego audience! We loved her! The string quartet shone in difficult dense philosophical Brahms music, the beautiful Point Loma Assembly was sold out, the goulash was fi...

December 26, 2019

And here it is, the traditional St. Nicholas celebration that is the beginning of the Christmas season for many European families!  And it was AMAZING, not only a beautiful show of children's talent to sing and recite in the tongue of their parents, to play an instrume...

November 30, 2019

Neither Paris, London or Amsterdam, instead the incredible Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena that is for our family the most intriguing friendly personal, and one of the most pleasant museums on the West coast.

Not many people know about it, for whatev...

November 24, 2019

Dancing Queens: Misa Moran, Daniela Olszova, Petra Leheckova, Adelka Hancova, Claire Torres, Marketa Hancova, Hilda Bajova, Veronika Pazdirkova-Alliamus, Misa Dotson

The elegance of the party represented the Queens! 

The wish was to make people happy, the occas...

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