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Louis Roney: Klinghoffer et al.

A symphony composition, whether Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, or Mahler can often be a work of great genius bringing all kinds of instruments together, each with its own individual sound.

Such collaboration makes for some of the greatest music ever created, and ever performed.

Louis Roney: Outrage after outrage

The TV brings news of a woman being robbed at pistol point on Park Avenue, Winter Park at 11:30 p.m.

My memories of Winter Park go back to 1929. However, I would have thought such a crime on our main street is impossible — even now!

Louis Roney: The gift of gab

The wise speaker starts by concentrating on important aspects of something he knows a lot about.

The intellects of favorite talkers I’ve known were memorable for having stored away treasure-trove “reference libraries” of facts to be recalled on the spot while the speaker was speaking.

Louis Roney: The days dwindle down

As my days dwindle down to a precious few, people ask me, “What do you do to get yourself going in the morning?”

I say, “I think about what needs to be done. I think about what I can get done today, and I get busy doing it.” What’s so unusual about that? After all, “today” is the only day any of us can do anything!

Louis Roney: Top of the line

Like most American dads, mine was undoubtedly thanked inadequately during his days on Earth.

Dad was a first lieutenant in the Army in World War I, and managed somehow to join me as a naval officer in World War II when he was far over age.

Louis Roney: The plan (for the guy without a plan)

We Americans see our planet through rose-colored glasses, only occasionally wiping the glasses clean so as to see the true reality around us.

In school we sang a nice little song that said, “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” The trick was, I guess, to row gently enough so as not to make waves to threaten us up ahead.

Louis Roney: Brick streets

Winter Park’s perennial determined wish is to remain small, high class, quiet and aesthetically beautiful.

If Winter Park people appear to be snobbish, let’s thank them for giving Florida yet another town that can justifiably call itself “classy” — even “ritzy.”

Louis Roney: Chatting with Machiavelli

Oddly, people who are our “blood relatives” are often people with whom we have little or nothing in common, and with whom we have little to do.

It is not unusual for people to be quite distant from their nearest relative, and for brothers and sisters to get along hardly at all.

Louis Roney: How's life treating you?

Whether we know it or not, we are at war.

Fear in people invites attack, and the strongest people are the safest.

Louis Roney: Sister Maggie

Maggie's marriage has been seemingly routine up to now.

In place of Louis Roney’s regular column, here is an original fictional short story, written by our columnist.

Concert review: Stellar end to concert series

Rimma & Friends by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

The evening deserves to be remembered particularly for wonderful artist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois’ memorable commanding moments of stellar violin artistry.

Louis Roney: Hang in there!

As our density grows, developers provide the nudges and flows that make our future take shape.

We old-timers are much concerned with the coming shapes of our lives and where we live, and present thinking becomes future reality.

Louis Roney: Do fence me in

Imaginary borders in our minds help us divide our thoughts into useful consequence, as fences or walls separate our lands from those of our neighbors.

Globalization has made us more vulnerable. It creates a world without borders and makes us aware of the limitations of our present politics to meet its challenges.

Concert review: Philharmonic members show off versatility

The third summer program of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra took place on Aug. 4 at the Plaza Live Theater.

Playing to a nearly filled hall, the evening was titled “Seasons of the Soul,” and OPO violinist Olga Ferroni put together a varied evening of music featuring selections from seasons of the year.

Louis Roney: Re: Politicians

Tell me, why do we elect politicians?

These guys talk about their “party” a lot, and it’s party-time for them the minute they hit Washington.

Louis Roney: So it goes...

Nobody needs to tell me that the U.S. is exceptional. I have lived in a few other countries where things we take for granted are their “exceptional.”

We are all dissatisfied with something in our lives. That’s why there are so many lawyers and liquor stores in every community.

Concert review: There's nothing like four dames

Music composed by women, performed by women.

Four highly proficient and talented female string players from the Orlando Philharmonic — dames all right! — took the stage at the Plaza Live Theater on Monday, July 21.

Louis Roney: A critic criticizes criticism

All of us are constant critics in our daily lives. We assess all that we buy, that we eat, that we drink, that we drive, that we wear — even that we marry.

Criticism requires emphasis on goodness or inferiority. If you tell your wife that you think her new dress is pretty, you are a critic. Period.

Louis Roney: Yesteryear here

One’s past is not alive in one’s mind at all times, but we manage to drudge up valuable long forgotten moments and places when the occasion calls for it.

All in all, my remembrance of my school days in Winter Park is of a very placid, genteel and proper atmosphere, with hardly any hint of the hustle and bustle of today.

Concert review: Prevailing Winds shows off skills

Members of the Orlando Philharmonic played a delightful program

On Monday, July 7, members of the Orlando Philharmonic played a delightful program at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando featuring Prevailing Winds’ reed instrument players.

Louis Roney: Thomas Jefferson - Savant

In the next 17 days, Jefferson drafted one of the most beautiful and powerful testaments to liberty and equality in the history of mankind.

It would seem that present President Obama was “out to lunch” when Jefferson’s pertinent sage words were in the air.

Louis Roney: As they say…

If our dreams of love don’t come true, we rarely sing about it.

Nothing is ever quite the same as it is when we remember it.

Sovereign Brass shine in summer concert

Quintet plays favorites

A quintet of brass players called Sovereign Brass plus one percussionist played a program titled “Splendor in the Brass” on June 23 at The Plaza Live Theater and they played how else? Splendidly!

Louis Roney: Let me ask…?

These days there are many questions about the president and his presidency floating around in the political air we breathe.

Barack Obama has no experience with any of our armed services and yet as president he is commander in chief of all of them.

Louis Roney: Slices of time

In the ’30s Hope Strong and I, along with other members of our Scout Troop, would canoe with our leader Fleet Peeples down the Wekiva River and camp out overnight on Shell Island.

We were boys then. We were crazy. What else is new?

Louis Roney: Porcellian vocalism

Most American kids are not willing to wait. They put last things first, and first things last.

That's why there are so many people in the audience and so few on the stage.

Louis Roney: Thinking at 93 degrees

There is nothing that prepares one for the vicissitudes of old age except living a very long time and learning to roll with the punches.

Human beings are always in some state of mind or another and tend to assume that everyone they talk to is in the same state that they are at the same time.

Louis Roney: Good health, good life, good grief

inter Park can be grateful to our city commission for being more concerned with our future township than with the wishes of developers.

When and if Winter Park becomes only a busy suburb of Orlando, my house will be for sale.

Louis Roney: ‘Pot’ and Proust

We talk a lot about logic, but when have we managed to string any two periods of logic together to make sense for long?

It is the permanent unknown that spurs us on as it concomitantly holds us back, while we read Proust and try to rethink “Remembrance of Things Past” — times when we probably never even existed.

Louis Roney: Infamous last words

Communication via human speech is really quite a mysterious invention.

It appears that we take on understanding of many abstract words by the dramatic situation in which they first occur.

Louis Roney: Relative history

Relativity is everywhere you look. And who needs an Einstein to explain that the fourth dimension — time — is the glue that holds together the pieces of the world in which we live?

Reality is a constantly changing motion picture — not a still life. Change is the way of life. And change takes time. The change from young to old takes place too quickly for most of us.

Louis Roney: Here and there

I always stayed in the Hollywood Hotel and once had a room looking down from the second floor and on New Years Day could enjoy the whole Rose Bowl Parade from my window.

Bob Hope once gave me two 50-yard-line tickets to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where I sat with great singer John Charles Thomas and movie actor Edmond Lowe.

Louis Roney: People

Mickey Rooney sat down at the grand piano and said, “So you’re a singer? — so sing.”

He sat down at the grand piano and said, “So you’re a singer?— so sing.” He played a bit of a song from the 40’s and I sang along and interpolated a high B-flat. “Ya’ got it alright,” he said.

Louis Roney: Musty musings

Signs of weakness from our president are answered by aggressive action from the Russian Putin — sure as shootin’!

We must finally learn that our White House must lead from strength, not from weakness, or the world will wipe its feet on us.

Orlando Philharmonic offers triumphant sendoff

Wilkins brought thrilling full sound to the symphony's conclusion and drained every drop of emotion from Sibelius’ musical “victory.”

On Saturday, April 5, the Orlando Philharmonic, with conductor Christopher Wilkins, performed “Finlandia,” the Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius and the Brahms Violin Concerto with soloist Elmar Oliveira.

Louis Roney: Women and such

Men like to play with fire and are big risk-takers; women are fire extinguishers and lead men home safely from their adventurous tomfoolery.

We men lean individually and collectively upon women from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night.

Guest artist season comes to laudable close

Barnatan’s pianism is prodigious

The recital of cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan on Sunday, March 30, in Tiedtke Hall presented by the Bach Festival Society turned out to be an impromptu affair.

Louis Roney: When weakness triumphs

Today’s recent sequence of international events is not salutary — we have a president who speaks from weakness that could well invite aggression from several already dangerous sources.

Something has got to change: either our protective stance, or the vapid words that come from our White House.

Louis Roney: As I was saying...

Many people’s early lives are spent as half of a partnership looking for the other half. Being alone is often a tolerable solution — for not just any partner can do the trick ideally.

It seems to me to be a miracle that with all the people walking around out there, that we ever meet the exactly right person with whom we are fated to spend the rest of our days and nights.

Louis Roney: Greed?

My attitude may be somewhat cynical, but after 93 years, I am quite convinced that the majority of human actions are designed to satisfy greed.

Greed is the emotion that causes people to go into outsized debt, which their rationality warns them they cannot repay.

Louis Roney: A decisive trip

We had still not figured out exactly why we had bought a house in Winter Park, where we had no particular reason to be. But reasons soon surfaced.

Life in Winter Park is about as good as it gets anywhere for people who own a house and have provided themselves with comfortable living in their later years.

Louis Roney: Alias “Mary Jane”

"Mary Jane” is almost as readily available as booze, and seems to be the drug that opens the door to cocaine, heroin and all the heavyweight mood-ameliorators

Those who lie to get a marijuana “prescription” from a “doctor” betray both the medic and themselves.

Review: Candlelight potpourri delights

Bach Festival delights

On Friday evening, Feb. 21, the Bach Festival presented an evening of highly varied music in Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College.

Louis Roney: In no time, et al.

People choose to live in the darndest places and we’ll never know the reasons why!

I often wondered why, with so many roads running in all directions, people settled in so many places without any obvious selling points.

Louis Roney: Off we go

Are we saying goodbye to Tinker Field, Orlando’s most memorable sports setting since 1923 — the place where so many immortal sports, figures practiced and played?

I remember seeing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, there… What else has Orlando got that is a national sports landmark?

Louis Roney: This, that, and whatcha may call it

When Eisenhower was president, I didn’t worry about getting into a war because I knew he’d be in it with us and we’d win. Can you imagine being in Obama’s war and following him into battle?

How much better off would we be, if we had gotten this president before he had dulled his senses with pot.

Louis Roney: Can you go home again?

Going back home and expecting to find what one left there years ago is both puzzling and futile.

I have come home again, yes – but Thomas Wolfe was right: the home I "knew" is no longer here.

Lauridsen's music pleases at Bach Festival

A mix of choral and orchestral

On Sunday, Jan. 26, at Knowles Memorial Chapel the Bach Festival Society presented the music of still-living American composer Morten Lauridsen.

Louis Roney: Friendships for a time

The war has been over a long time. And everything connected with the war is over, no matter how much value some of us may find in what we have lost irrevocably along the way.

I must admit to indulging in the exercise of trying to stretch even longtime friendships far beyond the capacity they may be capable of — seldom a successful venture.

Louis Roney: Decisions, decisions

In being decisive we all make mistakes. We hope our mistakes are small ones, and are rectifiable. Most usually are.

Most of the people to whom most people pay the most money are the people who make most of their big decisions for them.