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Vienna State Opera

Here is some of the detail in the magnicifant Vienna Opera House. While I did not manage to see a show, I did have the opportunity to visit the auditorium and entertainment rooms.

Every night they put on a different production, which includes all costumes and sets. This means that if you are in Vienna, you can see a different opera every night.

Here is just a sample of the wonderful interior.
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The balconies

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The balconies with the royal box in the middle

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The royal box

Beethoven – 245 years ago

Today we celebrate one of the greatest composers to ever live, Ludwig van Beethoven. He was born 245 years ago today. I play several of his pieces, and have even sung to Ode to Joy (in German) while being conducted by the Ben Zander, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. I am sure you know his music, but if not look out for the Moonlight Sonata, or Symphany #5 or #9.

When we were in Vienna last year I made a pilgrimage to visit his grave in the Central Cemetery in Vienna.
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Wayne Hussey in Cape Town

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No SLR allowed – cell phone pic – the best camera is the one in your hand :-)

Wayne Hussey played in Cape Town last night.

Who would have thought, Wayne Hussey with a ukulele! It is 15 years since he last played in Cape Town, I cannot believe that it is so long ago that we say the Mission playing at CBC in Town. But he is doing a pretty good acoustic set (and yes – there are a few backing tracks!). His voice is still fantastic.

He did a version of Martha’s Harbour by All About Eve on a keyboard; a really fantastic version. He is pretty good on the keys.

All the goths were at the gig; but this time older, balder and better behaved. We left at about 11:15pm, and from about 11 a lot of people started leaving. Even the old goths have to get home now to the kids and to be awake for work the next day!

But there were a surprisingly number of younger people there; people that probably were not even born when the Mission were playing.

A great evening!

Music

Prague is a very musical city. We stayed right next door to the music academy, and many of the churches have evening concerts. And if you don’t want to pay anything just walk around and listen to one of the many buskers on the streets of Prague.

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