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Insane harpsichord madness!

Last Sunday, I was privileged to be a guest in the home of Mark Russell, owner and builder of what my late husband used to call “the finest harpsichord in Honolulu.” It was a chance to show off the instrument … Continue reading

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If Martin Luther King were alive …

If Martin Luther King were alive and had come to the concert at Lutheran Church of Honolulu last night, he would loved the scene, suggested soprano Georgine Stark. [First of all, did you know that King’s given birth name was not Martin but … Continue reading

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The teacher and the student

The relationship between teacher and student can be a delicate dance, a balance of pushing, pulling, coaxing, and definitely a two-way street. No one probably knows this better than Jennifer Lane, who with her husband, Jim Carr, is in Hawaii … Continue reading

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A piano lesson

Today was a first — my first piano lesson in over five decades! You see, in the upcoming Early Music Hawaii concert (only two days away!) I’m having to play the piano for the accompaniment to three pieces on the … Continue reading

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Sheet music albatross

Say, do you know that expression, “an albatross around your neck?” It comes from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” in which a sailor who shoots a friendly albatross is forced to wear its carcass around … Continue reading

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Philip Belt, father of the modern fortepiano

Today Michael Belt wrote this comment on my post about our fortepiano: My Grandfather passed away this Monday past.  I personally watched him build and test a few fortepianos in my time.  Truly a talent… You  may remember from my post, … Continue reading

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A babe is born

Shhh… don’t wake the baby! Some people already know that my husband Carl Crosier willed our fortepiano to our friend, Mark Russell. (You can read my post about the fortepiano here “Our fortepiano is famous“.) Since I don’t play the … Continue reading

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A story instead of an obituary

My sister-in-law, Carol Rodi (Carl Crosier’s sister) made the comment recently, “It’s SOOOO expensive to live in Hawaii, and it’s even MORE expensive to die!” We were meeting with people at the mortuary, who were more than happy to do anything … Continue reading

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Colored Glass

  Last night we attended LCH parishioner Mark Russell’s piano recital at the church, which began with a set of variations by local pianist Whitney Thrall (b. 1922). Whitney, my former colleague at the University of Hawaii, was in the … Continue reading

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Ensemble Mirable

This Saturday, it seems like there is a lot going on with LCH folks, namely The Rev. Phyllis (Fifi) Hormann’s installation as a chaplain at Hawaii State Hospital and LCH’s turn to man the pledge drive phones at Hawaii Public … Continue reading

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