Friday, October 31, 2008

Spanish friend in brief meeting in Beijing

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

PMA Chamber Orchestra

You are invited to audition for the Pittsburgh Music Academy Chamber Orchestra! This brand new orchestra will be conducted by Lawrence Loh, Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony! This is a WONDERFUL opportunity to perform in a special concert celebrating Pittsburgh's 250 anniversary on May 9, 2009. Rehearsals will be held on the first Sunday of every month from 7 to 8 pm in Carnegie, with more rehearsals as the concert date nears.

Auditions for the Chamber Orchestra will be held on Saturday, November 8 at the Pittsburgh Music Academy in Carnegie. The address is 1100 Washington Avenue, Suite 111, Carnegie, PA 15106. The requirements for the audition are:

1) A solo piece
2) Scales of your choice
3) Sight-reading


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Erik for Student Council President at Frick Middle School

The presentation is slated for this week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Frick Cross Country


The Frick girls who ran in the city championships.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Entries for this Sunday's meet at Woodland Hills

Erik Rauterkus (14) JCCS-AM, did the meet on Sunday. Also did Sunday AM swim practice from 6:30 to 7:45. He has been sick with a clogged chest for his third week now. Ouch.

Some of the others with the chest thing have been saying it has taken many weeks to clear. So, that is good they are with the same. Erik is getting a bit better, but he isn't really that well and not in top form, for sure.

Perhaps by WED of this week he'll be feeling stronger for the cross-country championship meet?

# 94 Men 13-14 200 Breast = seed time of 2:52.92Y.
Swam 2:53.19 y

1.22.6 = 44.6
2:09.? = 46.3
2:53.19 = 44.7 = 1st place. Nice finish of 6 strokes.
Regular troubles with late kick, low leg flexibility, stuck on wall at turns, break strokes just float up to surface, fast forward, streamlined recovery.

# 98 Men 13-14 50 Free = seed time of 27.09Y
Did 27.91. At 12 yards was already a body length behind leader and half body length behind the field.

# 110, 13-14 500 free = seed time of 5:56.52Y
Did 6:05.78

35.9 = 1:07.9
36.5 = 2:21. (1:13)
38.2 = (1:15.7)
37.7 = 4:51.61 (1:15.+)
36.4 = (1:14.5) = 6:05.78

Says from lap 9 he was choking.

This week he'll not swim on Monday but will swim on Tuesday. Meet is right after lunch on WED. Then he'll swim again after the X-C meet.


Friday, October 03, 2008

First Parade w Violin on Oct 11

It's official. The Extreme Strings Orchestra will perform on Saturday October 11, 2008 as part of the annual Columbus Day Parade. The event is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM and wind it's way through the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. Starting location is at Liberty Avenue and Baum Blvd. on the border with Shadyside and will finish at the Bloomfield Bridge. We don't do any Italian music yet but we will be rocking with our newest tunes "Back In Black" by AC/DC and one of my fiddle tune originals "Grand Canyon Jump" as well as all of our Jazz, Rock , and Fiddling favorites.. You are invited to line the parade route and cheer us on

By the way, we got off to a great start in our first "unofficial" session this past weekend. The kids sounded great and we worked on a bunch of new tunes.

Any student can join as early as this Saturday. Come on down to CAPA before 9:00 AM so we can talk to you and introduce what we are doing. There is much more information on our web site

This event is open to all ex-XSO'ers and graduates