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Louis Roney

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Louis Roney: Review of Orlando Philharmonic's 'Candide'

Candide, as embodied by Miles Mykkanen, is a winningly sympathetic character with a golden tenor voice.

Maestro Eric Jacobsen and his troops delivered a delicious serving of beautiful music – an excellent evening all ‘round!

Louis Roney: Decisions, decisions

We are constantly making decisions about liking and not liking all kinds of things — from coffee to cars — from movies to neckties.

People arrive at decisions in various obtuse ways, and we often don’t remember what made us do a certain thing — it may be that the odds just pile up in favor of doing — or not doing anything in particular.

Louis Roney: The right stuff

All of us good little people, plus our good little girls and boys, are busy cramming smarts into our brains from morning to night.

How much time do we spend thinking about the well-being of that great computer in our head — namely, our brain?

Louis Roney: Alone in bad company

No, not Pierce; his name was Bierce and in 1913, when he was 71 and should have known better, he went to Mexico and joined up with Pancho Villa.

Ambrose Bierce said that for an American to go to Mexico at that time of violent revolution was a kind of euthanasia.

Louis Roney: Where is it better?

When I was singing in Germany, I got used to hearing, “in Germany all things are better.”

Indeed, I found each country had its good and bad sides.

Louis Roney: Dogs and other somebodies

When I was a kid of 10 or 12, I had a dog that was my constant companion — my best friend.

People have written much about a boy and his dog, and I am a witness to the fact that such friendships are an authentic and lasting experience.

Louis Roney: Memories

Back in my childhood home after a lifetime away, I recall constantly things that have long been buried in my memory.

Even in the depths of the Depression, Winter Park was a choice place — a little city with charm and grace that few places in the state had.

Louis Roney: Love, what's that?

A group of professionals posed this question to a group of 4- to 8-year-olds, "What does love mean?"

The answers given by these children were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

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Marco Panuccio performs at University Club

Panuccio draws applause

On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, we went to the University Club where tenor Marco Panuccio sang a program of Italian songs and opera arias called “O Sole Mio.”

Louis Roney: ‘Birds of a Feather’ and more

Diane Bishop, the talented principle bassoonist of the Orlando Philharmonic, put together a rather unusual program for the final Sounds of Summer Series on Aug. 22 at the Plaza Live Theater.

These artists played with great expertise, and the result was charming. If there was any flaw – to my ear, the music sounded all too much alike!

Louis Roney: All to the tune of a hickory stick

Let students think for and about themselves as evolving forces for the good of all.

When you ask the average student why he is in high school or college, he may say something to the effect that: “I have to learn how to make a living."

Louis Roney: Duo Sole review and more

In retrospect the performance was a sound concept soundly delivered for people on a hot summer evening in Orlando — and what a refreshing idea.

Monday evening b.w. and I went to a concert of dance music from Bolivia, Argentina, and Spain presented by the Orlando Philharmonic at the Plaza Live Theatre.

Louis Roney: Reasonable expectations?

A teacher must, in fact, be a mother, father, guardian, minister, rabbi, priest, philosopher, doctor, and more.

And teacher are expected to do all this with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile – and on a starting salary that qualifies their family for food stamps!

Louis Roney: Curmudgeons

They are free thinking people who conceal their tenderer impulses behind a smoke screen of misanthropy.

Curmudgeons are not necessarily evil-hearted, and not necessarily male — or old. They are free thinking people who conceal their tenderer impulses behind a smoke screen of misanthropy.

Louis Roney: Constant reminders

Every era has its scribes, those voices who shape the words to make them into the language of history – over but not forgotten.

The quite startling effect of living where I grew up comes from the fact that in Winter Park on all sides of me are constant reminders from the far distant past.

Louis Roney: Who will it be?

August, September, October and finally in November the American electorate has an opportunity to change the guard — can the world wait that long?

How many more innocent people will die in the meantime?

Louis Roney: Mediocrity

Small minds are contentedly imprisoned at the center of small protective horizons.

The mediocre thinker is always the last to “get the word,” i.e. to live in the “now.” Any imaginative new concept scares the mediocre to death.

Louis Roney: If

The fact that one never seems to achieve his fondest wishes doesn’t seem to hinder our vainest hopes.

If everything is really possible in this “best of all possible worlds”— as Voltaire tells us in “Candide” — then human uncertainty should not perturb us.

Louis Roney: Schadenfreude (a true story)

She was a pretty German girl. An important young actress. I’ll call her “Lili.” He was an American baritone; I’ll call him “Jason.”

For one season, Jason and Lili were a handsome couple in the German theatrical world. Over coffee or beer Jason and Lili often told colleagues that they planned to get married.

Louis Roney: Humor or wisdom?

Being funny, and being smart, seem to be innate fixtures in some people.

Funny is funny and wise is wise, no matter whose mind or mouth is the source.

Louis Roney: Ignorance

A beautiful woman reminded me the other day that everyone is ignorant about something or other.

A marriage can be, in many ways, a swaps of desirables. When the swap is no longer mutually pleasing, then lawyers may get into the act and do their shockingly expensive thing. Long marriages are advisable, and economical as well.

Louis Roney: Things learned

In my singing career of many years in many opera houses I have learned many things – especially in German opera houses – but I’m not sure exactly what!

Early in my opera career I was engaged to sing Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme” in the Berlin State Opera.

Louis Roney: The truth will ouch

Winter Park, the town where I grew up, is graced by the presence of many beautiful lakes. And, I can tell you from experience that they are full of fish.

Life was for us young people in great part, aquatic, and we usually carried our bathing suits to school for use afterwards.

Louis Roney: Stories from war

I had a hand-held machine gun and a bag full of hand grenades on my belt.

We knew that our guys were soon coming in behind us en masse to take the island from the Japs and that we would have to leave Guadalcanal ourselves for the mainland.

Louis Roney: Ty One On

Cobb was the first man ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ty was, as I was, a native Georgian, he being from Royston, and the state of Georgia was proud of the man and his baseball prowess.

Louis Roney: Dissertation on marriage

Believe it or not, I know absolutely everything there is to know about marriage!

A few years back, this commentator dared to enrich his readers with his uncommon knowledge of the marital state.

Louis Roney: Language please

A very famous shrink whom I knew in New York wrote a book saying that artists do things that are normal for artists, but would be deemed lunatic in less gifted people.

The fact is, people who have to sing stratospheric high notes are apt to sacrifice some of the routine normalities that less complicated people are free to enjoy.

Opera Orlando: A boisterous beginning

If you weren’t at the opera this weekend, you missed a lot of fun!

This presentation provided a boisterous rebirth for opera in Orlando, and we can all applaud that important fact!

Louis Roney: How macho do I dig thee?

I hear that macho is “in,” and that wimps have used up their wistful moment in the sun.

I never gave any thought to what a “wimp” is, until a girl who dotes on “macho” men told me that she views wimps with scorn.

Louis Roney: Singers and other aberrations

Singers are strange birds — that we know. They are show-offs!

Great singers know from the beginning a good deal about their vocal art. That inherent knowledge is part and parcel of their God-given talents.

Louis Roney: The mystery of history

Asking one simple question sometimes leads to realizations that otherwise evade us.

How many of us wish that things “remain just they are now?”— damned few, I would guess

Louis Roney: Political animals

I simply hold that personal “arguments” about politics are cantankerous, and a futile waste of energy.

Voting booths are the confessionals of private preference.

Louis Roney: Mountain high

At sea level the human imagination, like the human body, is earthbound by invisible gravity.

On a mountain top the pull on the imagination is upward, aiming ever higher, liberating.

‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ a perfect end to Classical Series

Tthe “piece de resistance”

On Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra played its final Classical Series concert of the season.

Louis Roney: Then I said…

On Feb. 29 b.w. and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary.

It doesn’t seem that long, but that’s how it is when you’re having fun.

Orlando Philharmonic focuses on Mozart

The program could also be called “Mozart, Boy Genius”

On the program was a lady named Diane Bishop, who plays the bassoon — and plays it masterfully.

A whale of a gala by Opera Orlando

The Opera’s first gala was on March 19

A strong opera company is a mainstay of the cultural life in many a city, and by its very presence can lend muscle to all other cultural affairs.

Louis Roney: As I was saying…

Put two people together and soon you’ll have a conversation.

Put three people together and maybe you’ll have a discussion — even an argument!

Louis Roney: Just asking

Debates are built on two opposing sides of the same question.

You pick the side that represents your point of view and use it to reinforce your strongly held prejudices. How often do arguments change opinions? Hardly ever!

Louis Roney: A conversation with Carolyn

Carolyn decided that this was where she wanted to be. Her nomadic life ended.

Carolyn took the leap and became a Winter Park commissioner. As such, she tells us that our city is in the throes of enormous growth pressure.

Louis Roney: Concertos by candlelight

Beethoven’s monumental Triple Concerto brought to the stage the always welcome Kalichstein-Laredo- Robinson Trio who have delighted Central Florida audiences for many years.

On Friday, Feb. 19, if you weren’t at Knowles Memorial Chapel on the Rollins College campus to enjoy the Bach Festival’s Concertos by Candlelight, you were in the wrong place.

Louis Roney: The anti 'anti'

Human beings are born dissatisfied – constitutionally dissatisfied with the status quo.

The tiny grasping hand of a new baby reaching through the bars of his crib is already asking for something that is beyond his limited reach.

The strange lure of rhythm by the Orlando Philharmonic

The highlight of the evening was George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F”

Boston Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Marcelo Lehninger, was guest conductor for the evening activities – and a fine conductor he is!

Louis Roney: Man is a political animal

It seems we shoot ourselves in the foot every time we make a deal with any other country.

The whole world knows it. We don’t need enemies; we are our own enemy.

Louis Roney: Chiming in

The book of one’s life can be large, or can be small.

The life we have lived is the source of it all. It is not what we’ve said, but what we’ve done that stamps us forever and makes someone.

A captivating night with Beethoven and the Orlando Philharmonic

Orlando should celebrate its symphony

The Orlando Philharmonic didn’t know that it was my birthday, but they gave me a wonderful birthday present anyhow.

Red Priest returns with Baroque virtuosity

It’s Baroque, but somehow they fix it

A gimmick can make you rich and famous these days if you know exactly how to serve it up. An example of a gimmick is to play Baroque music in any style you feel inclined.

Louis Roney: Here we go again!

I was single for a long time — that is, until I got married.

I picked a good-looking gal, of course, just to avoid any monotony on our long trip together. She’s still the best view on my domestic landscape.

Louis Roney: Opera Orlando - New kid on the block

Gabriel Preisser comes to my house to tell me what’s going on in opera around Orlando.

Baritone Gabriel is the newly appointed executive and artistic director of the newly minted Opera Orlando.

Brahms at the Bob Carr review

An evening of wonderful music

On Saturday evening, Jan. 16 the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center under the baton of JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony.