Maestro Otto Tausk Otto Tausk was masterful in his animated conducting of the VSO this evening. A Dutch theme with music from the 20th century prevailed as Tausk began with the world premier of “Helix” by Edward Top. Brother pianists followed with a concerto for two pianos by Frances Poulenc, who wrote the music experience of the Paris Colonial Exposition in 1931. Seated in the second row, I was intrigued by the closeness to a small harp; and later we wondered how the musician transported her instrument. After intermission, it was Stravinsky’s music from a ballet known as “The Firebird”. We were transfixed by Tausk’s movements; he smiled and gestured to his musicians, graciously acknowledging individuals and deftly used his fingers and fists to commence or close a musical passage. Apparently, Stravinsky visited Vancouver in 1965, a time when the city was largely unknown to the rest of the world. In these autumn concerts, Tausk makes his inaugural debut as music director for the VSO. Tausk conducts with physicality and reinforces our European roots. And yes, there was chocolate soufflé in our pre-concert meal!
If you turn away from the renowned Cliffs of Moher and look in opposite direction, you see an equally compelling shoreline.
Source: Shores of Western Ireland
Upon turning 40, screenwriter-turned-novelist Sean Carlin writes about friendship, learning, and the value of slow, gradual growth.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canada: Institutional Impact New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 146 — SOTL Canada
Nicola Simmons, Editor Two years ago, SoTL Canada posted an invitation to submit institutional case study chapters to provide examples and evidence of the ways in which post-secondary institutions in Canada have developed and sustained programs around the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that impact the institutional pedagogical climate. This special journal issue, The Scholarship […]
Although our course focuses on the adult learner in the college environment, this recent book on teaching in K-12 sounds like it has some valuable writing for teachers in all institutional settings. The book publisher, Routledge, has books free to view online in the month of May. This title by Sandra Wilde grabbed my attention and I wanted to see if I could share the link on my blog.
How do teachers use social media as a teaching tool?