Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! 

Everyone seems to be in full-on holiday mode now.  Our tree is up, cards are arriving from friends and family (I do love a holiday card, don’t you?) and the annual Christmas Concert in Bermuda, Joy to the World is happening over this weekend.  That’s where you’ll find me.  Otherwise, I’ll be sending off the last of the gifts, doing some shopping and spending a little extra time at the gym to counteract last night’s Eggnog social! What about you?  Do you have a favorite holiday tradition or are you counting the seconds until it’s all over?  Either way, here are a few entertaining Friday Favorites for your reading and shopping pleasure this weekend!

Have you heard of The Melodica Men?  They are hilarious.  Here they are, playing The Nutcracker

If you have company coming for the holidays and need to spruce the place up a little bit, Target is having a Big 25% off Home Sale.  Use the code GIFT.

They have great artwork by Kate Pugsley

Help your guests keep warm with these pretty color block throws.

And these carafes are great, whether you’re serving hot cider at a party, or morning coffee for a houseful of guests.  

Remember Festivus?  Do you celebrate?  

this commercial still gets me every time I watch it.  The life-changing effects of giving a child the gift of music lessons. 

I have recently discovered the perfection of the jumpsuit as replacement for the concert gown.  They are easy, comfortable, flattering on all body types, and you won’t be worried about tripping over any dress hems while walking on stage (one of my biggest nightmares).  Here are a few good ones:

by Jonathan Simkai, Trina Turk, Solace London, and Hallston

Check out this guide to hanging out in Providence, RI during the holidays from fellow blogger Jess Kirby’s site. 

Some very good news! Violinist Rachel Barton Pine is launching a major new project dedicated to highlighting and promoting music by Black composers, including an 8-volume series of sheet music books for violin (with similar books for other instruments in the plans).  This has been a lifelong passion of Rachel’s for most of her life, and I’m so happy to see this come to fruition! Check out this article about it all from Strings Magazine.

For my Boston readers: Here is THE concert listing site for the city.  Do you have “attend a holiday concert” on your bucket list, but can’t afford the pricey Pops ticket, and your pink tutu is at the dry cleaners?  There are literally dozens and dozens of fantastic concerts happening around the city over the next few weeks.

ICYMI: Some posts from the past couple of weeks:

Finding Our Tribe as Classical Musicians

Gift Guide for the person who HATES the cold: or a “how to survive winter” guide.

How to Balance Practicing & Homework

Spotlight Series: Tracy Friedlander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers! and have a great weekend, everyone!  

-Kate

 

A Few Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I’ve been in Boston this week for some recordings and a concert tonight, and tomorrow I am meeting up with Paul in Miami!  I’m so excited for a week of concerts, masterclasses, some serious beach time, and catching up with some friends and family members who live down there.  Here are a few things I have been enjoying lately.  I hope you will too!

There has been a lot of press lately about the lack of diversity in programming in the Classical Music.  A lot of orchestras are sticking to music by written by dead white guys and playing those pieces over and over again.  Tonight, in Jordan Hall (Boston), Boston Modern Orchestra Project is dedicating an entire concert to the music of Joan Tower in honor of her 80th birthday.  This lady is amazing, and I have loved being fully immersed in her lush sound-world this week.  Click here for ticket information for tonight’s show, and here’s a little preview.

This black blouse is so pretty, and would make for perfect  “concert black”.

I might be slightly obsessed with houseplants, and these are some of my favorites for adding a little cheer to a room.

I am halfway through this book, and I am loving it.  I can’t wait to read the next two!

I loved this collection of comments and ideas regarding friendships and the best ways to maintain them.

We’re halfway through winter, and this sweater is going to keep me warm for the remaining weeks.  (except next week, because FLORIDA!). And it’s on sale now!

Did you watch the launch of Falcon Heavy this week?  Here’s a great interview with Elon Musk and Bill Nye on the future of space flight.  The actual launch starts at around 5:12.  It’s pretty fantastic.

Guys, I got a jump rope for Christmas, and I LOVE it.  I use it just about every day, and it is so fun, but also a great workout.  whenever I come back from a walk or a run, I just do some jumps in my driveway.  It definitely gets the heart pumping!

Living in my joggers lately, and these beauties are seriously on sale right now.

Yesterday was John Williams’s Birthday!  So here’s a little something to honor of him, and today’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang.

img_2608Have a terrific weekend!

cheers,

-Kate