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#2053922 - 03/25/13 09:44 AM If anybody happens to be near Lakewood, CO next week...  
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I'm playing Beethoven 1 on 4th April.

http://www.lakewoodsymphony.org/cms/


...*gulp*

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#2053925 - 03/25/13 09:47 AM Re: If anybody happens to be near Lakewood, CO next week... [Re: debrucey]  
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I'd love to have been able to go! Including because it's one of my favorite areas in the world.
(around Denver)

Congrats on having this, and good luck! thumb

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I see from the web link you are a music scholar competition winner. Bravo!

#2053956 - 03/25/13 10:35 AM Re: If anybody happens to be near Lakewood, CO next week... [Re: debrucey]  
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My buffering was poor but I really enjoyed what I heard. Good luck. I'll go back and listen again.

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That's awesome news Bruce! Well done and congratulations! I know you'll do great!

wish I could see you, but it's simply impossible, so...

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Congratulations to the attractive and talented Mr. Jefferies!

Wish I could be there. Am confident you will bring the house down.

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Originally Posted by theJourney
Wish I could be there. Am confident you will bring the house down.
If Bruce is not able to do it with his music there's always this site: www.howtoblowthehousedown.org

grin

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#2054307 - 03/25/13 10:17 PM Re: If anybody happens to be near Lakewood, CO next week... [Re: debrucey]  
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I also think good luck. I'll go back and listen again.

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AWESOME congratulations!! laugh

#2054340 - 03/25/13 11:46 PM Re: If anybody happens to be near Lakewood, CO next week... [Re: debrucey]  
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That's TERRIFIC Bruce !!!! Hope you have a wonderful time !!! thumb


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So sorry I can't make it-- congratulations, Bruce, and hope it's grand!


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Thanks for your encouragement guys. I'm so nervous haha

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That's fantastic!

And try to remember to breathe deeply - the air is relatively thin up there.

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Break a leg Bruce.
Playing for an American sudience is a great experience. I am sure they will emit warm vibes at you!

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Best of luck, and bone-up on your Yank English. If you ask for chips, you will get crisps, if you ask for crisps, you might get a blank stare!


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Originally Posted by argerichfan
Best of luck, and bone-up on your Yank English. If you ask for chips, you will get crisps, if you ask for crisps, you might get a blank stare!


Don't try to load your bag into the boot......


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Any ideas what I should take as a gift for the family I'm staying with? What would Americans like to receive from a Brit?

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Originally Posted by debrucey
Any ideas what I should take as a gift for the family I'm staying with? What would Americans like to receive from a Brit?


Tea. smile

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Hah, good idea. I was going to take some as provisions for myself anyway.

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Originally Posted by debrucey
Hah, good idea.

IMO, not a good idea whatsoever. American tea is terrible -how well I know!- stick with Sri Lankan which we always got in the UK.

A good reason why I switched to coffee upon moving to the States. Not that I'm particularly regretting this...




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Originally Posted by argerichfan
Originally Posted by debrucey
Hah, good idea.

IMO, not a good idea whatsoever. American tea is terrible -how well I know!- stick with Sri Lankan which we always got in the UK.
I think debrucey was wanting suggestions for something he could take from the UK to the US as a gift.


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Congratulations! I wish it were closer to the East Coast that weekend.

I'm sure the family won't be expecting anything, but if you can get them something uniquely British that they may not be able to buy in the Rocky Mountains, I'm sure they'll appreciate it. To combine threads, perhaps the Black Adder DVD Box Set? laugh

Authentic British tea was a very good idea. I don't think we've had any here since Boston.. but that was one heck of a party.

A selection of English chocolate and sweets might be a good idea. Cadbury used to be a favorite, but I think it's widely distributed now?

Treacle, or even treacle tarts. Most Americans have never even heard of it. (If not for my aunt's medical studies in London some 20 years ago, I never would have heard of it, either.)

Perhaps, if they're up for a laugh, you could bring some "sponge pudding". wink

Pretty much anything from Harrod's..


Hey, how about Harrod's Heritage Tea & Coffee gift pack? It's only $25 (pounds.. don't know how to do a "pound" sign on this side of the pond). Their tea bag selection box, which is pretty nice-looking, is only $30.

Check 'em out here: http://www.harrods.com/food-and-wine/food-wine-gifts

Anyway, hope it helps. And congratulations, again!


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Originally Posted by debrucey
Any ideas what I should take as a gift for the family I'm staying with? What would Americans like to receive from a Brit?


How about Wenlock and Mandeville (especially if the family has children)?

Or else some memento from Wills & Kate, or from the Queen's Jubilee.....


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Originally Posted by currawong
I think debrucey was wanting suggestions for something he could take from the UK to the US as a gift.

Well perhaps not Marmite, never liked it as a lad! laugh


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I love marmite so I may have to take some of that for myself as well.

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Originally Posted by debrucey
I love marmite so I may have to take some of that for myself as well.


Marmite makes anything taste palatable. Even American fast food....... wink


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Originally Posted by debrucey
Any ideas what I should take as a gift for the family I'm staying with? What would Americans like to receive from a Brit?

British jams are generally much better than what we get here. I'm especially fond of black currant (or as you Brits spell it, blackcurrant) jam, but that might not suit your hosts' palates. Orange and ginger marmalade are lovely, too. Nowadays we can find some of the best British products on better grocery stores' shelves, but the more exotic varieties are harder to find.

My dad always brings back Marks & Spencer undershirts from Britain, but somehow that doesn't seem like a very appropriate gift!

If it's at all possible, do allow yourself as many days as possible to recover from the seven-hour time difference and to acclimate to the altitude. Denver is the mile-high city, and the air is decidedly thinner than what you're used to. People vary a lot in their acclimatization rates, but you should allow at least a day before any serious exertion.

-Andy

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Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by debrucey
I love marmite so I may have to take some of that for myself as well.


Marmite makes anything taste palatable. Even American fast food....... wink

laugh , considering the plethora of American-based fast food joints in the UK, I should not be surprised if Bruce has experimented with Marmite, or at least HP Sauce!

Several years ago I was rather amazed to see Marmite stocked at my local Safeway... HP Sauce too! (Okay, I purchased a bottle of the latter.)

Otherwise, American-based fast food in the UK tends to be slightly lower in sodium, the food lobbies aren't quite as powerful as they are in the US.


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Originally Posted by AndyJ

My dad always brings back Marks & Spencer undershirts from Britain, but somehow that doesn't seem like a very appropriate gift!
Well yes and no. Marks & Spencer is pretty much the equivalent of JC Penney in the US (plenty of my money has gone to both), but JC Penney is not doing well. What a shame, and a tragedy to loose a company which I grew to enjoy shopping at within weeks after moving to the US.

Maybe things will turn around for them. The Seattle store in Northgate Mall is very nicely laid out.


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JCPenny sounds more like Debenhams. Marks & Spencer is as much a food store as a clothes store (and it's not a department store). It's food is generally considered to be of high quality, somewhere in-between Selfridges and Waitrose.

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Originally Posted by debrucey
Marks & Spencer is as much a food store as a clothes store (and it's not a department store).

True, but I was only referring to the selection of clothes at M&S which bears more than a passing resemblance to the fare at JC Penney. There is perhaps no precise equivalent to M&S in the US, unless it be Costco or Wal-Mart, neither of which I shop at. (Costco because a membership is not financially viable, Wal-Mart for political reasons.)

I am only speaking of the Seattle area. For classy food beyond the usual Safeway selection, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have incredible stuff, and you shop with fellow liberals! wink


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I really hope they have a Whole Foods near where I'm staying, they visit it all the time on Good Eats and it looks amazing. M&S is nothing like Costco. We have Costco here and it's awesome, I have a free membership.

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There is a Whole Foods in Lakewood: https://maps.google.com/?q=303-935-5000

Did you get a free membership at Costco through the university?

But of course Costco may not be very practical for me as I do not have the freezer space (nor appetite) for a whole pig or half a steer, let alone 25 gallons of V-8. Back in the UK I never shopped at Costco, and here in the US, it is not financially advantageous for a small household.

OTH, the people watching is rather a sight to behold, and after the sheer amazement at the stock (mouthwash enough to float an aircraft carrier), one might casually ask why they could not have done better with the pizza.



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There is some stuff they sell which is more appropriate. For example, dark chocolate chips in 750g tubs. It keeps for ages and is great for baking. I also will get pasta and rice, that sort of thing.

A friend of mine put me on his membership as a spouse, so I effectively get free membership haha

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I was going to suggest The Wind in the Willows DVDs. Even though I see some on YT already and it's available on Amazon.

The Wind in the Willows
Sang softly to me
Follow my voice
Wherever it leads

From mountains and valleys
To deep rolling seas
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Originally Posted by argerichfan
Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have incredible stuff, and you shop with fellow liberals! wink


I occasionally shop at Whole Foods. smirk

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Originally Posted by debrucey
I'm playing Beethoven 1 on 4th April.

http://www.lakewoodsymphony.org/cms/


...*gulp*


My wife & I will be there.








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I practically live at Whole Foods.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I practically live at Whole Foods.

So do I when not shopping at Trader Joe's.

Incredible experience, but the crew at TJ's are more helpful in choosing an appropriate bottle of wine, and they are so friendly.


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Well, that's that done and dusted haha.

I will post a full audio recording at some point, but for now, I have this clip from someones cameraphone :P


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BRAVO!

I don't know this piece that well but I didn't recognize the cadenza. Is that the usual one or something else?

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Lovely!
From that clip, you did great!

BTW, I don't recognize the cadenza either. It's very good and I'm also curious whose it is. (We don't have one from Beethoven, do we....)

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Bravo!! great job!

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I second the above bravos.

Originally Posted by Mark_C

BTW, I don't recognize the cadenza either. It's very good and I'm also curious whose it is. (We don't have one from Beethoven, do we....)

Beethoven actually left three cadenzas (one unfinished), but it wasn't any of those.

Hopefully Bruce will tell us more about his adventure...


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Wonderful.

Now speak out for everything else that happened (and who did you meet in Lakewood, CO btw!).

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Bruce had a terrific performance. Standing ovation for the most part. The venue was cozy and intimate with a good acoustical balance between piano and orchestra. A very enjoyable evening!

Bravo, Bruce!








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Oh wow, I didn't realise anyone from here was in the audience. Thanks for coming :-).

The cadenza is my own expanded version of one of beethovens

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