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Louis Roney

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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.

Louis Roney: Hitting the highs

A person with singing talent can learn a lot about how immortal singers sing.

The tenor voice was always my favorite and I learned much about singing from listening carefully to how the great ones did it.

Louis Roney: Santa Claus in a bathing suit!

Christmas at 85 degrees may have seemed somewhat out of place, and untimely, but nevertheless, welcome — a holiday looking for a place to land.

At our house it has been our custom and pleasure to have a party at Christmastime built around carol singing and other music of good cheer.

Louis Roney: Santa Claus in a bathing suit!

Christmas at 85 degrees may have seemed somewhat out of place, and untimely, but nevertheless, welcome — a holiday looking for a place to land.

At our house it has been our custom and pleasure to have a party at Christmastime built around carol singing and other music of good cheer.

Louis Roney: What's next?

You may have noticed the repetitive quality of life in the solar system.

Our personal clock starts the moment we are born and runs until our time is up, whenever that may be.

Louis Roney: Mr. Natale's Christmas

In the palm-edged driveway, Mr. Natale greeted the pale lad who stood there, “Well, sir, what can I do for you?”

Suddenly, Giuseppe Natale’s mouth opened wide and began to sing. The words,“Che gelida manina....” came out as clear and strong as they had when he sang “La Bohème” in the great opera houses of Europe.

Louis Roney: Love

The word “love” has confused people from the beginning of time.

In 94 years of living, I’ve learned a few things about love.

Orlando Philharmonic's ‘Bach's Brilliance’ brings cheers

An early Christmas present

At the Plaza Live Theater on Monday, Dec. 7, some 18 players from the Orlando Philharmonic delivered an early Christmas present: “Bach’s Brilliance.”

Louis Roney: Talking business to an opera singer

We all find ways of “advertising” ourselves, our children, our careers, our skills.

Learning when to say “no” may help your career more than always saying “yes” — and then sometimes not being able to live up to expectations.

Louis Roney: The Alexander solution

The little war that is all too often being waged between our ears mercifully comes to a pause at times, in what we welcome as “moments of tranquility.”

A great deal of the human race seems from afar to be as busy as a swarm of bees in what is strangely a longing for escape from the “madding throng.”

Louis Roney: Thanks a lot

Seated with friends at a bounteous Thanksgiving table, we hold hands with those on either side of us and join in the blessing being said.

At 94, I am indebted to my genes and to temperate living for a strong physical constitution.

Louis Roney: Onward and upward

We human beings are quick to find things that will make the present more pleasant and postpone our confrontation with reality.

Refreshing ourselves is a prime human pastime, even though it implies a return to things past.

Louis Roney: Griping and other pastimes

“Griping” is an old American custom, much used and much respected.

Griping perhaps carries with it the right to see a condition critically, and even the tacit promise to improve it.

Louis Roney: Hearing a change in our musical climate

Any music lover living in our area should now perforce applaud things taking place on our musical scene.

Any attentive musician would have to be deaf not to have discerned a change in our local musical climate and activities.

Louis Roney: Lise, Hillary, and even Cicero

The Bach Festival’s Visiting Artist Series opened the concert season with panache! Young and lovely, Ms. de la Salle played a prodigious program.

Pianist Lise de la Salle performed on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Rollins Colleges’ Tiedtke Hall and demonstrated all the necessary strength, poetry, delicate touch, and musical finesse to bring her piano program to life.

Louis Roney: Educational encounter - A true story

In the mid-’30s I was a teenager on a bicycle on the streets of Winter Park, and saw many things that intrigued me and were etched in my memory.

My parents were active in the social life of Winter Park and I knew a lot of the main players in our local social drama.

Louis Roney: Listen!

Someone long ago told me a tale about a man who had built his own small corporation, and who wanted to hire a bright young assistant who would eventually take over the business.

After hearing this “tale of woe,” applicant after applicant expressed condolences over what had happened to the man they hoped would be their future “boss.”

Louis Roney: The Pope and other folks

The Pope brought us welcome release from the world’s overwhelming problems with his calm message of family and understanding.

The tumultuous visit of Pope Francis made us all wonder at the attention that one person can generate if he carries a powerful enough message.

Louis Roney: Who can we count on?

The ever-changing quality of life is both refreshing, and vexing.

Every human animal likes to feel sure of himself. At the same time, his inner nature rebels when ennui takes over, and things verge on boredom.

Louis Roney: 'The Donald' and debate two

Donald Trump is a new kind of political animal: He’s “no holds barred.”

Those of us who frequent New York and have been “Trump-wise” for years are not surprised to see him now in his new garb as “politician.”

Louis Roney: Just thoughts

Most of the time, most people seem to know the answers to most of the questions they ask most other people.

Politicians know well the value of setting up their ideas by asking themselves loaded questions and then answering them publicly!

Louis Roney: Staying young

Always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Never leave your brain idle. “An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

Louis Roney: On the street where we live

My b.w. and I have done 35 years of livin’ to make our house a “home.”

There is a special comforting feeling when two people are separated far apart in their own house and realize that a voice call will generate an answer from afar.

Louis Roney: Big words

I’ve got to admit it: Big words impress me.

I can’t help associating the easy use of big words with minds that are king-size, superior.

Louis Roney: Beginning

A day is an empty package for each of us to fill as he or she sees fit.

We learn much from the days of our lives, and can visualize ourselves as living calendars.

Louis Roney: Age

If you have decided — along with me — to grow old, arm yourself with humor.

I think of my own life as a nice, comfortable car that I have driven for a long time.

Louis Roney: A rakish halo

To me any halo is a better hat than most I have yet worn.

To be an acceptable rake requires both historical knowledge and a measure of courage, for one must have the guts to step completely out of line from most of his compatriots.

Louis Roney: Bach vs. bananas

The subject of music has inspired many diverse and fascinating quotes from many diverse and fascinating people.

Napoleon said, “Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that art to which the legislator ought to bestow greatest encouragement.”

Louis Roney: Twain

Fairness was not an “unattainable ideal” to Mark Twain.

To Twain, fairness was the inevitable conclusion of simple down-to-earth logic. Fairness works, i.e. it best satisfies all concerned.

Louis Roney: Mix and match

All the people who run this country, both Democrats and Republicans, say we are broke!

We can’t afford to help our own veterans, seniors, orphans, children, etc. But over the last several years politicians have directed cash aid in billions and billions of dollars abroad.

Louis Roney: My 'wacko' wife

I have confessed my unworthiness to b.w. a thousand times — but to no avail.

Years can go by in which a deeply troubled psyche stubbornly manifests itself in the gaudy guise of felicity.

Louis Roney: America the beautiful

Whatever concept of God you have, if you have been around the world a bit, you’ll recognize that America is a blessed piece of real estate.

Once our forebears had started governing themselves in Virginia, Massachusetts, etc., people in the countries they had left began to compare their lives with ours, and theirs were often found wanting.

Louis Roney: Sizing up our lives

I believe that the United States is a morally good nation that wishes to have no enemies at all.

This is much like a very good-natured friendly dog who wishes to have no fleas, but attracts them whenever he walks out the door.

Louis Roney: Pace, Mio Dio

Taking sides on issues, and acting on convictions, is as American as bagels, turnip greens, chili, and pizza.

Nowadays most of us confront things, which we want neither to espouse nor to oppose. “How do you feel about...?”

Louis Roney: Summing up Obama

Every voice speaking on radio or TV about President Obama these days says that his administration is the nadir of all within memory.

He is an easy man to like, but a hard man to admire for the job he has done to date.

Louis Roney: Just thoughts

The long-term effects of football’s head injuries become ever more evident.

Football is a game I played, and is a game I love, but I remember receiving a blow to my head in a night game once, that knocked me out for several minutes.

Louis Roney: Lost and found

I’ve always remembered the English as our enemies in the Revolution — and I never forgot 1812 either.

Having English blood may help me appreciate English literature, but likely has acquainted me also with England’s peculiarities.

Louis Roney: The genesis of “The Giveaway”

When I was young, many people had a fascinating hatred for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Even as a kid, I was highly skeptical of Roosevelt, who seemed to me to be the great promiser of “something for nothing.”

Louis Roney: And then I wrote...

My whole life I have been getting people to pay me to do things I love to do, so that I wouldn’t ever have to work for a living.

As an opera singer, after the final curtain fell, I left tragic plots in an ash can on the way back to real life.

Louis Roney: Nightmare

I dreamed that my b.w. had suddenly metamorphosed into an “aggressive political woman.”

In this viciously critical world, the flinty eyes of Hillary, Nancy, and Elizabeth may see this “man in the family” as a stupid male sexist, a chauvinist pig.

Louis Roney: How things work out

What little fame I have had has always seemed to be a gift from some “heaven” up there somewhere smiling down at me for no good reason.

One summer a Florida pal and I were walking down Hollywood Boulevard in sunny California, a long hitchhike from home. I sat down in the lobby of the Hollywood Hotel and looked for movie stars.

Louis Roney: Other wars

Life’s battle begins at the time we take our first breath, and we are fighting constantly to stay alive until we draw our last.

One who has lived a great many years may tell you that life is for life’s sake, and has no point unless we find it, or create a philosophy for ourselves.