Sunday, February 12, 2017
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky’s score captures the true magic of The Sleeping Beauty. The composer himself thought it to be one of his best works. It is a “dancing symphony” about fate and life, woven from an old tale of a princess who pricks her finger and is put under a 100-year spell to be awakened only by the kiss of a handsome prince. Dynamic virtuoso Colin Currie makes his debut with Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan’s dazzling and sensational percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, one of his most performed works. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony open the program with Prokofiev’s much-loved Classical Symphony.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will raise tolls another 6% in January, for the 10th year in a row resulting in a 2017 trip from Ohio to New Jersey now costing $55 and $39.25 for E-ZPass users. The increases are in part due to the Turnpike's requirement since 2007 to pay PennDOT $450 million to help subsidize public transit. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants to eliminate or reduce the payments to PennDOT fearing commercial trucking firms and motorists will avoid the Turnpike and use non-toll roads.
Would you approve repealing Obamacare, and possibly waiting up to two years for a replacement program?