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.
A recent RAND Corporation study found moving high school students start time to 8:30 a.m. could add billions to the U.S. economy over the next decade. The increases would result from improved high-school graduation rates leading to better jobs and fewer costs associated with sleep-related car crashes, obesity, and mental illness. Arguments against delaying start times is increased costs from rescheduling bus routes and school activities, as well the inability of working parents to usher their adolescent children off to school resulting in possible increased absenteeism.
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