Standing Ovation for Simon Vullo Underiner’s Pipe Organ Senior Recital

This magnificent photo captures the evening perfectly, photographed by guest blogger, Andrew Wagner.

Everyone standing up and applauding heartily for Simon Vullo Underiner’s Senior Recital on the Pipe Organ.   Taken Thursday evening at Holy Spirit Chapel, Duquesne University. The music was magnificent.  Congratulations Simon!

Simon Vullo Underiner looks down from the Pipe Organ balcony as everyone stands and applauds his senior recital. Photographed by Andrew Wagner 
Simon Vullo Underiner with Organ and Sacred Music Professor Dr. Ann Labounsky

Program Pieces  –            Fantasia in F Minor K. 608 I. Allegro Maestoso II, Adante  III. Allegro  by W. A. Mozart
Wacahet auf, rüft uns die Stimme BWV 645  by J. S. Bach
Sonata V for Organ  IAdante  II. Adante con Moto  III. Allegro Maestoso by Felix Mendelsshon- Bartholdy
Arioso (from Six Pieces) by  Joseph Wilcox  Jenkins
L’Ascension   I. The Majesty of Christ    II. Serene Alleluias    III Outbursts of Joy
IV, Prayer of Christ Ascending    by  Olivier Messiaen   

 

 

Purdue University Choir Sang National Anthem

My six word Saturday. Purdue University Choir Sang National Anthem

My grandson Michael and his teammates got the opportunity to play on the professional basketball court on Friday afternoon. We took a bus from Columbus Ohio to Indianapolis Indiana and the Indiana Pacers and Bankers Life Fieldhouse staff were most welcoming.  Since I don’t have permission to post the Middle and High Schoolers photos online, I am showing the Purdue University Choir singing of the National Anthem before tip-off of the Pro game we watched Friday evening. The Pacers played the Pelicans. (click the bold for game recap)  Marquette grad Wesley Matthews scored 15 of his 24 points in the third quarter.  Very exciting to watch him tie it up and then go ahead after the Pacers lagged behind for the entire first half of the game. Pacers won 126-111.

We got back to Michael’s school about 12:50 AM and it’s almost 2 AM now so I will sign off.

Let it Glow at Phipps Conservatory

 

 

This evening Steve and  I went to the Holiday Dinner and the lights display Let it Glow at the Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park. The food was good and there were flickering candles in glass lanterns lighting the curvy paths throughout the Conservatory. The winter lights in the darkness were festive and fun to see.

 

 

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Bloomfield Halloween Parade

A gallery from Thursday evening’s Halloween Parade in the Bloomfield neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA.  One officer said they expected a crowd of ten thousand lining the parade route down Liberty Avenue.  It was chilly.  The little ones dressed up in costumes, so cute, thrilled to catch candy and treats thrown from the convertibles and others walking. I saw lots of unicorns!  All sizes.

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Picklesburgh and the Strong Way Band

Steve and I drove downtown and found a free parking spot on Penn Avenue near the Heinz History Center.  Now it seems petty to mention that we parked for free ( and walked a ways to the Picklesburgh Fest) but some places were charging fifteen bucks.  Too much. Here’s a fact about pickles from the Picklesburgh Website

“PICKLE FACTS

AMERICANS CONSUME 26-BILLION PICKLES A YEAR, WHICH EQUALS NINE POUNDS OF PICKLES PER PERSON”

Our friend Roberta had invited us down to hear the music by Marc Reisman and the Strong Way Band  who were to play at seven. The sound stage was on the North Side of the Roberto Clemente Bridge so we made our way through the beer lines and booths to get there. I asked a few people if I might photograph their pickle themed food or t-shirt and everyone was more than cooperative.  In fact there was a sign about Photographic Consent which I had not seen before.  If you got on the bridge and into the Picklesburgh Festival you were consenting to be photographed.

 

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Quilts of Valor and Upstate New York Weekend Guest Blog

Pittsburgh Poet Fred Peterson is the guest blogger today.  Fred posted the quilt photos on FB and said he thought he knew I would like them and I did!  Thanks for sharing your photos, Fred.  

 

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Quilt of Valor presentation of military family (Navy father and two Air Force sons) in Horseheads NY.

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Quilt window and television display windows on Market Street, Corning, NY.

 

 

 

 

The scenics of tree, flowers and barn were taken on ride down western side of Seneca Lake.

 

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The bullseye is Corning Glass logo.