I recently read The Silmarillion by Tolkien for the second time. Some of it is hard reading, and I’d have been lost without another trusty book called “The Complete Tolkien Companion.” It tells stories from the first and second ages of Middle Earth, and I find it fascinating. I don’t think that Tolkien’s writing itself is all that spectacular, but I think his genius lies in the world he created, with its detailed interconnections between characters, places, events, etc. I also began reading The Hobbit again, in preparation for the film coming out at the end of the year. I can’t wait!
I love Abravanel Hall, especially the concert hall itself, with its beautiful chandeliers and gold leaf. Of course, the beauty of the music that takes place in the building surpasses even the beauty of the architecture.
I am completely enamored of the live movie theater broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, and I have particularly enjoyed Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The singing, playing, and acting has been top-notch, and there is so much to look at with the set, projections, costumes, etc. I’ll never forget the time I’ve spent watching these operas.
The Nimrod variation in Elgar’s Enigma Variations. You may know that each variation in the composition represents one of Elgar’s inner circle, and when I hear Nimrod, I think, “Wow, that guy must have been something special.” Not that I’m all that special…but I hope that someday people will remember me with the fondness and respect that Elgar had for his friend.
This is our chance to check in with members of Utah’s art community to see what they’ve been reading, seeing, doing.
Categories: On the Spot