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Classical music education: Here are two blogs that allow you to follow the tour of Peru by the Youth Orchestra of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras

July 7, 2018
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Youth Orchestra (below top) of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras has landed in Peru, and has already rehearsed, and will officially launch its 10-day tour — which includes the capital city of Cusco and the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu (below bottom) — with a performance tonight in Lima.

And thanks to the foresight of the WYSO staff, you can follow the young musicians, along with retired WYSO music director and conductor James Smith, each step of the way until the tour ends on July 15:

Here is a link to a typical kind of blog:

Here is another version about the tour on Instagram:

And here is a link to more about the tour — including repertoire by Leonard Bernstein , Malcolm Arnold and Dmitri Shostakovich — and to the group, which gave its send-off concert this past Tuesday night at Olbrich Botanical Gardens:

Check them out and forward this tour blog story, or a link to it, to friends and family, classmates and the community at large.

You can leave a COMMENT and words of encouragement and praise,

They are making Wisconsin proud — and at a time when the United States could sure use some goodwill ambassadors around the world.

Classical music: The Ear explains his two-week silence and thanks all of you who sent in comments and especially your good wishes on the third anniversary of this blog.

August 30, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Thank you, dear readers, thank you.

So many of you have written replies to my posts. This is especially true of your generous thanks and good wishes for the third anniversary of this blog on Aug. 20. I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

Here is a link to that posting so that you can read my words and then all the wonderful comments for yourself:

But some of you may be wondering – with good reason — why there has not been a response from me in return.

The answer is simple: I was out of the country for two weeks, from Aug. 12 to Aug. 27. Also, while I was away I did not have easy computer access. And even if I had, the vacation or break was very welcome – not something that I wanted to interrupt or occupy with emails and blogging.

It might seem as if I were blogging because the posts continued every day. But they were all prepared in advance. That is not something you can do with replies to comments.

So please accept my deepest thanks and do not think your kindness and generosity are unappreciated. On the contrary, they help me want to keep the blog active is some way rather than give it up entirely.

Whether the writer is me or a guest blogger, whether the topic is local or national, I intend to reconcile what seem like contradictory goals: to cut back on daily blogging and use my time for other things but also to keep the blog active, engaging and helpful.

So where was I on vacation?

Well, tune in tomorrow for the answer. It matters musically.

And thank you again.

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