Weekend self-care open thread—Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
Man, what a year! Oh, wait, it’s only the middle of January. I thought it was December 2019 already.
Anywho, I discovered the subjects of this weekend’s self-care thread through the wonderful offices of Classic Arts Showcase. You may have seen it from time to time on your local PBS station late at night. Also, if you have Dish Network, they carry it. And just a couple of years ago, they finally got with the times and put up a webstream.
I cannot stress enough how wonderful this service is. It’s free. Here’s a short precis on the channel:
CAS was the vision of Lloyd E. Rigler. It was his lifelong love of the performing arts – and his concern that the majority of Americans are rarely exposed to the world’s greatest performances – that inspired this vision. After tracking ticket sales of live performances for decades, Rigler found arts organizations were performing to more empty seats every year, selling fewer tickets and charging more for them. With current audiences aging, and little or no arts exposure in homes and schools to build new audiences, Rigler sought to foster a wider appreciation of classic arts nationwide — through television. He envisioned the creation of a 24-hour non-commercial arts network, designed to bring the classic arts to the widest possible audience.
I discovered Max Raabe & Palast Orchester late one night while recuperating from one of my once-common sinus infections. And it’s like the Angel Jebreel spoke to me on Mount Ararat. Raabe’s canon is popular music from the 1920s. He especially focuses on the popular jazz composed by Jewish musicians in the heady Berlin milieu. He also dips into 1920s-style reworkings of modern pop music. His full concerts are available on YouTube, so I heartily recommend you take some in.
For this weekend’s self-care open thread, I introduce Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.
Settle back and enjoy. As always, take care of yourselves, and those around you.
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