Concert Bleg : Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation

I’m singing with the Bach Collegium San Diego in this concert coming up next month (coincidentally the same week as ITA — fun fun!) If you live in the San Diego area, I encourage you to come!

Franz Joseph Haydn THE CREATION 1798

Sung in English with a newly edited text by Paul McCreesh

A collaboration between the Chorus of the Bach Collegium San Diego and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra

Ruben Valenzuela, conductor

Anne-Marie Dicce soprano
Vladimir Maric tenor
John Polhamus bass

Monday 9 February 2009 at 7:30pm
Sherwood Auditorium (Museum of Contemporary Art)
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037

Tuesday 10 February 2009 at 7:30pm
The Del Mar Country Club
6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe 92091

Friday 13 February 2009 at 7:30pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
2728 6th Avenue, San Diego 92103

We begin the new year with a performance of Haydn’s monumental oratorio The Creation to mark the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death. The Creation is often considered Haydn’s greatest work through its bold use of orchestral color, adventurous harmony, exceptional rhythmic and melodic inventiveness, and overall unity with an almost operatic vividness and power. Tickets available online.


a little brainteaser

Here’s a little problem that Halyun brought up in group meeting today — a little googling showed that it’s a Putnam prep problem, but I won’t hold that against it. The problem is “Determinant Tic-Tac-Toe.” This is like regular Tic-Tac-Toe except that Player One puts a “1” in the square and Player Two puts a “0.” The grid forms a 3×3 matrix (call it A), and Player Two wants to make \det(A) = 0, whereas Player One wants to make \det(A) \ne 0. Player One gets to move first. Is there a winning strategy for either player? What if both players can place arbitrary real numbers? What about a general n \times n grid?