May 292011
Graduation Recital May 22, 2011

Ben and Darcy’s Graduation Recital was last weekend. It was mostly violin and viola but Ben also played a short piano piece – Intermezzo by Brahms, Op. 118 no. 2. Videos of Ben and Darcy’s finale, Passacaglia on a Theme of Handel by Halvorsen, and the Brahms Intermezzo are below (click on them to play). Download Handel/Halvorsen Download Brahms

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May 092011
Violin recital May 7, 2011

At Saturday’s violin recital, Esther played the third movement of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 1 and Ben and Darcy gave a graduation performance, playing Brahms, Franck and Handel/Halvorsen together. Ben and Darcy will be giving a repeat graduation performance at 2 pm May 22nd at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park. The video of Esther and a video clip from Ben and Darcy playing Handel/Halvorsen [more]

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Mar 232011
School orchestra concert March 22, 2011

Esther and Ben were two of the soloists in the Four Seasons by Vivaldi played by their high school Symphony Orchestra last night. Esther is soloist in the first movement of Winter and Ben is soloist in the last movement of Summer. The video is below (click on it to play) Download Vivaldi

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Mar 222011
Another reduction in medication

I saw my Crohn’s doctor yesterday and she said I could reduce my methotrexate dose from 25mg a week to 15mg a week! At my January visit she’d said that might be possible at this one if I was doing well. I had blood tests a couple of weeks ago and my CRP was “under 5” which is the lowest it has been in any [more]