Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Chamber Music North

Ross Boissoneau - June 16th, 2008
What do you do when you retire? Maybe relax, kick back in the hammock, play a round or two of golf.
Or, if you’re classically trained cellist Debra Fayroian of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, move to the Grand Traverse area and start a new music series.
“The goal’s simple,” said Fayroian. “Great chamber music in the Grand Traverse area. I want to enhance what is already here.”
In her mind, “what is already here” includes an appreciative audience ready for great music and venues perfect for chamber music. Those venues include concert halls, churches, and other community buildings in towns across the region.
Fayroian sees her role and that of the music she’s championing as something that can have a positive effect on all those who partake of it. “Great chamber music enhances the quality of life,” she said.
Fayroian should know. In addition to her work with the DSO, for the last three years she has been music director for the Manitou Music Festival. While she enjoyed the opportunity to bring a variety of music to the area, Chamber Music North gives her the chance to do so exclusively with her first love, chamber music.

For Traverse City audiences, their next opportunity to enhance life comes on June 22 at Milliken Auditorium, when Fayroian is joined by Annie Chanex Boyle on violin, Steve Larson on piano, and soprano Nicole Philibosian. They will be performing the music of Felix Mendelssohn at Milliken Auditorium, part of the “Sundays at Three” series.
The eclectic New Music Detroit performs there as part of the series on July 6. Gina DiBello, violin; Ian Ding, percussion; Adrienne Rnmark, violin; Erik Rnmark, saxophone; and Robert Tye, electric guitar, will play Karen Tanaka’s “Nightbird,” for saxophone & electronics; Steve Reich’s “Violin Phase,” a classic work of early minimalist phase music; and works by John Cage and Andrew Rzewski.
Those eschewing the big city will have their chance too. The Village Series takes chamber music to outlying areas for evening shows. On June 20, the brass quintet Brassissimo! will perform at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, while the Mendelssohn show will be repeated there in September. Two towns south, the Mills Community House in Beulah will host the woodwind group Trio Soufflage (bassoon, flute and oboe), augmented by a guest clarinetist, on July 20. On August 3, Duo Diorama, consisting of violinist Minghuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi, will perform there.

Favroian is excited to present the variety of shows in the different settings. “I’ve found a new neighborhood with an appetite for premier chamber music,” she said. “Right now it’s still in its infancy. After a year of presenting concerts, we’ll see. I think the growth will be slow and certain.”
Unlike other concert programs, Fayroian says she intends to make Chamber Music North a permanent, year-round program. “We’re getting the support of some great venues, great restaurants for receptions. The Grand Traverse Regional Foundation has been a great partner. Interlochen Public Radio has done interviews.”
But Fayroian isn’t content to merely host concerts. She wants to take the music to all levels. “We want to work with the schools, hold master classes and clinics. Music can accelerate learning,” she said.

For additional information, including dates, venue locations and tickets, log onto chambermusicnorth.com.
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