Lindsay -- who cut his musical teeth in places like Vienna and Munich -- just may be Chucktown's most compulsive classical music geek. His self-appointed…
50-to-100-year planning time frames? Concerning the future of beach renourishment, it seems to me that the voice of Coastal Conservation League's Katie Zimmerman is one of the only sane and sensible one quoted here. With at least a meter of climate change-induced sea level rise (which, BTW, has accelerated alarmingly in recent years) conservatively expected by century's end, the pipe dream of eternally tourist-friendly beaches will soon have to be abandoned. Insurance rates for coastal homes and businesses continue to skyrocket, and it won't be long before tourist dollars simply won't be able to keep up with them ... just ask the hordes of homeless post-superstorm Sandy Jersey Shore residents who won't be able to rebuild for exactly that reason. Another direct hit or two by hefty hurricanes, and the Carolinas' barrier island residents will find themselves in the same boat. Fifty years from now, does anybody really think that Washington will continue to allocate ever scarcer federal funds to save Folly Beach when places like Manhattan need to be rescued?
It's all a crying shame -- I love Folly Beach dearly. But what its residents really need to do with all of their expensive imported sand is to remove their heads from it in time to realize the sad, stark inevitability of their eventual future -- and find ways to cope with it, even if that means moving to higher ground.
Definitely a "voice of reason," old corps. But I'm glad to see that Prof. Poole mentioned global warming & disease at the end. My own "end-of-the-world" vision foresees a slow, steady & increasingly wretched global slide into the apocalyptic abyss due to global warming & pandemics -- greased by dying (& rising) oceans, increasing natural disasters, burgeoning overpopulation, depletion of natural resources (and the inevitable wars over them), worldwide famine, etc. Maybe a more sudden Mayan-style apocalypse would be a kinder way out, putting us all out of our predestined (and self-inflicted) misery well in advance. OR, how about something else more sudden & immediate: like if North Korea or Iran ever get their nukes, and spark global conflagration? How's THAT for more realistic gloom & doom?
Charleston isn’t the only city (or country) actively mourning Stahl. After taking over in 1999 as music director and chief conductor at Munich’s number two opera house, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, he repeatedly made headlines in Germany – where great music still makes for front-page news. Like when he boosted his house’s orchestra to national “A-level” status, ranking it alongside that country’s handful of world-renowned institutions. Music writer Egbert Tholl, of Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany’s biggest daily subscription newspaper), wrote: “With David Stahl’s death, the theater has lost not only its musical center, but its very heart … he may not have been the most conscientious or meticulous interpreter of scores – but during rehearsals, singers and players alike blossomed in the glow of his infectious enthusiasm, as he conveyed to all how wonderful it was to be making good musical theater together.” (my translation) No matter where he worked, the same qualities endeared him to those around him.
Reviewer Lindsay Koob here. Sorry for the late response -- but I wanted to let you know that Andrew now has an all-Liszt solo recording that's due out on the Delos label in early 2011. And guess what? Andrew engaged yours truly to write his program notes! It's an absolutely spectacular recording, and I'm pleased and proud to have the chance to be part of it. -- LK
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