Karajan Academy Mendelssohn and Bach Concert – Berlin Philharmonic

Berliner Philharmoniker and Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market I enjoyed more incredible music last night during a Karajan Academy concert at Berliner Philharmoniker. Exceptional students attend the Academy to learn from distinguished members of the Philharmonic. It was cold with fat snowflakes falling all around, so I stopped for a hot drink at the Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market which was full…

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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Last night I attended a Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performance at the Chamber Music Concert Hall. There were several transportation choices for getting there from my apartment in Kreuzberg District. U-Bahn wasn’t one of them. At night, I’m more confident taking U-Bahn and am leery of walking between connections. Getting to the Philharmonic Concert Hall After…

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Hot Oregon Summer – Berlin Next

Gardening and Wildfires It’s been a restful, contemplative summer in Oregon working in my garden with deer, wild turkeys, annoying yellow jackets, and a stray Goth-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with a record-breaking heat wave resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“.…

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