Settling scores

first_imgWhen Harvard acquired the archives of conductor Sir Georg Solti in May, the Loeb Music Library had many reasons to celebrate.Solti, a Hungarian best known for conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is widely regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, earning the record for most Grammy Awards before his death in 1997.But as the musicians and scholars from Harvard and Greater Boston who gathered at the Loeb Music Library on Wednesday (Oct. 26) would attest, the archives are much more than a boon for historians. They also represent an insight into the art and science of conducting, thanks to Solti’s extensive and meticulous notetaking on his many scores.“He loved to share what he was doing,” said Lady Solti (left), “and the thought that these scores would be shared with young people, with young musicians, and eventually with musicians all over the world, that would have been his dream.” Lady Solti was joined by Robert Dennis (center), recordings librarian, and Helen Shenton, executive director for the Harvard Library.And thanks to Harvard, those browned pages are already being digitized and put online for budding conductors around the world.Whether Solti was studying a new score or preparing for a performance or recording of a score he already knew, he always purchased a new copy and annotated it extensively. As a result, the collection has elicited equal parts excitement, awe, and trepidation for the librarians and scholars who have set out to catalog and study it.“All of us agree these are the most marked-up scores we have ever seen,” said Sarah Adams, Loeb’s acting Richard F. French Librarian and acting curator of the Archive of World Music. The cocktail hour honored Solti’s widow, Lady Solti, who was visiting the archives’ new home at Harvard for the first time.This past summer, the library began to digitize the scores for scholars, students, conductors, and musicians.“We’re already seeing a stream of visitors who would like to come and consult the scores, and more often than not they’re interested in seeing very particular passages to see what Solti did in that instance,” Adams said.The archives — the first full ones from a conductor to be housed at Harvard — represent a shift in thinking for Harvard Library, said Thomas Kelly, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music.“This University is finally beginning to understand the importance of performance in the study of the performing arts,” Kelly said. “Mostly we have scores that are there waiting to become music. Now we have scores … that have become music.”Harvard’s ability and eagerness to put the scores online for a global audience was the deciding factor in finding the Solti archives a home, Lady Solti said. The Solti family agreed they should work with a university that could digitize the archives, and in 2008 they began talks with library staff at Harvard.Finally, after being gathered from locations around the world, being classified and boxed in the Soltis’ London apartment, and getting mixed up again in a moving company mishap, the papers arrived at Harvard this past spring.“It was all fraught with great excitement,” Lady Solti said with a laugh. “These scores were like my baby. It’s very difficult for an old nanny to hand over her child.”The reception marked not just the acquisition of the papers and Lady Solti’s visit, but also the opening of an exhibit at the library, “Music first and last: Scores from the Sir Georg Solti Archive.” The exhibit displays his scores (and his famed red pencil) alongside his surprisingly candid reactions to the performances.Most of his thoughts — his “fears and anxieties” over a Schoenberg piece; his feeling of being haunted by Mozart during a performance at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where the composer’s funeral was held — were taken from his memoirs, said Robert Dennis, recordings librarian at Loeb, who curated the exhibit with the help of the Weissman Preservation Center.“There was no pretense at all,” Dennis said of the writings of Solti, whom Harvard awarded with an honorary degree in 1979. “He was a mensch — you could tell he just loved working with people.”The crowd was full of musicians, professors, and scholars from around Boston, who turned out see the scores in the flesh and to meet the guest of honor. Hugh Wolff ’75, head of orchestras at the New England Conservatory, called the exhibit a fascinating teaching tool.“My students will be coming out here,” Wolff said.Solti’s scores show students firsthand that conducting is not just an artistic act but a highly intellectual undertaking as well, said Federico Cortese, a senior lecturer on music who is using the Solti materials for a course on Verdi’s “Falstaff.”“It’s very humbling but also very inspiring,” Cortese said. “There’s always something exciting about seeing the work of a great man, whatever the field.”Harvard students have already begun to take advantage of the collection. Matt Aucoin, a Kirkland House senior who turned up for the reception, grew up listening to Solti’s recordings. Now, he said, he’s studying Solti’s marked-up copy of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” which he will conduct for the Dunster House Opera Society’s production next spring.“His notes are immensely practical,” Aucoin said, like those of “someone who had never seen or heard it.”The finding wouldn’t surprise diehard fans of Solti, who once told an interviewer he liked to wait at least 10 years before returning to a piece he’d already conducted, according to Helen Shenton, executive director of the Harvard Library. Even then, Solti said, he would never rely on his old notes.“That’s the only way to keep it fresh,” Shenton quoted for the crowd. “A piece you play again and again is a Xerox copy.”For young conductors now studying Solti’s work, the continual joy of the discovery seemed to come through on the page.“It’s a thrill,” Aucoin said.That sort of student engagement with his aging, hash-marked scores is exactly what Solti would have wanted, his widow told the crowd.“He loved to share what he was doing,” she said, “and the thought that these scores would be shared with young people, with young musicians, and eventually with musicians all over the world, that would have been his dream.”last_img read more

HCI Requires a More Intelligent Approach to Balancing Software and Hardware

first_imgAt Dell EMC we believe in building and fostering strong partnerships. A stronger ecosystem gives our customers more choice and confidence in moving ahead with their IT and digital transformation initiatives. We continue to collaborate and innovate together with Nutanix on the XC Series to make further advances that target additional workloads and efficiencies for our customers.Spanning over 1,100 customers, over 12,000 nodes and over 45 countries, the XC Series has proven that this approach works. We’re now on the second generation of the XC Series using 13G PowerEdge servers with a third generation (14G) in the coming months. Make sure to stop by the Dell EMC booth P2 at .NEXT to experience the XC Series both virtually in our VR experience as well as physically with the actual appliance. You can hear from our guest speakers Chad Sakac, President, CPSD and Dan McConnell, VP, XC Series discuss the importance of open platforms and the expanding XC Series ecosystem. Also, make sure to join our CONVERGED user group See you there! The only thing harder to achieve than striking a balance, is maintaining it. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is defined by the ability to unify compute and storage over a high-speed network residing in the same appliance. That approach not only makes it simpler to manage IT by employing appliances; it makes it easier to scale systems out over time to meet demand for increased compute and storage resources as needed across all our Dell EMC XC Series and VxRail appliances.While software drives more and more features in the HCI environment, the single biggest misconception is that somehow this is completely independent of the underlying hardware. Via hard-won experience within the Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD) of Dell EMC, we know nothing could be further from the truth; a fact we plan to showcase conclusively later this month at the .NEXT 2017 conference being hosted by Nutanix in Washington, D.C. The Unique Dell EMC Advantage  Vendors that take a “software-only” approach to HCI are relying on general purpose servers that have been designed primarily for compute. The challenge is that, when it comes to optimizing HCI deployments, the storage subsystem also needs to be designed for performance and reliability. Scale-out solutions require data to be distributed across autonomous drives that provide consistent levels of cache performance. Creating a server design that embraces this need and selecting the right drives ensures performance and reliability. In contrast, the typical industry general-purpose server is designed to optimize the highest average level of performance available for compute. In fact, when it comes to HCI capabilities, not all servers are created equal; a fact we’ll see when we deliver our next-generation 14G servers later this year.Traditional storage relies on storage controllers to handle misbehaving storage hardware and firmware.  A storage controller can comprehend over 3,000 status and error codes generated by drives from any number of vendors. In addition, there are diagnostic tools for predicting and resolving failures.  Dell EMC has over 8 years of experience with storage appliances based on x86.  Expertise gained is built into our HCI offerings through co-engineering with our hardware and software teams and with our partners like Nutanix and Microsoft resulting in an easy to deploy, use and manage HCI experience. Having these kinds of capabilities is nothing less than critical in an enterprise IT environment.Why XC Series?Over the years, Dell EMC has developed a suite of unique software tools that augment Nutanix management software and enhance the ease of HCI management and lifecycle. These built-in tools enable a fast and near seamless deployment experience, provide rapid factory restore and bare metal recovery methods, augment rich in-band hardware monitoring and management capabilities and enhance workflow orchestration across a cluster. We also leverage these tools to pre-deploy the software stack and pre-configure, for example, BIOS and iDRAC settings in Dell EMC factories. This allows us to provide our customers with a fully installed system, complete with the hypervisor of choice running on an appliance tuned for individual workloads. We even integrate our first-time boot scripts with Nutanix’s deployment tools to enable a smooth deployment experience.When it comes time to configure an HCI appliance, it’s also important to remember that not all application workloads are created equal. Workloads such as Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint often are served best when optimized for storage density using 3.5-in high capacity drives. In contrast, more compute intensive workloads involving virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and general server virtualization require less capacity. As a result, they typically need to be optimized for compute density. Because of those different application workload requirements, Dell EMC offers seven different configurable platforms across the XC Series.Nutanix, a leading provider of HCI software, recognizes the critical importance of the underlying HCI hardware. Dell EMC co-engineered the XC Series with Nutanix to ensure that components selected meet strict performance and reliability requirements. System BIOS and management settings have been optimized for the Nutanix software stack and each pre-integrated implementation is validated by both companies. That same level of performance and reliability can’t be achieved using off the shelf x86 servers and flash drives.More Tools, More Partners…More ChoicesEarlier this month, we introduced a new network validation tool for those customers who are adding XC Series to their existing environment so that their network is configured and ready prior to deployment. We are also integrating the monitoring of the XC Series into the Open Manage Essentials portfolio of tools we provide so customers can now monitor their HCI infrastructure with the same systems management tools they use to manage PowerEdge Servers.In May, XC Series expanded its ecosystem with the first phase of Data Protection—Dell EMC Avamar Virtual Edition, Data Domain and Data Domain Virtual Edition with a reference architecture—plus enhanced developer choices with a configuration and deployment guide for Pivotal Cloud Foundry.  In addition, our partnership with Microsoft has driven more seamless integration of XC Series with the Microsoft Azure cloud to provide data protection capabilities as well as worry-free business continuity.last_img read more

Guyana NRA 150th Anniversary/WIFBSC 2017 Championships

first_img– MCYS chips in with sponsorshipThe Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) is set to celebrate a huge milestone in 2017, the celebration of 150 years in existence. And to commemorate this colossal achievement, the entity will be hosting the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Championships.This huge event will attract the best marksmen and women not only from the West Indies but from the leading countries in the world, the likes of those from Australia, England, Canada, USA and Scotland who will all converge at the Timehri Rifle Ranges to compete.Cognizant of the huge costs that would be necessary to put Guyana on show to the world and to be the good hosts that Guyana is known for, the executive of the GuyanaNRA decided to reach out early to the Patron of the association, His Excellency President David Granger and the Honorable Minister within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Sport Ms Nicolette Henry for assistance.The mentioned dignitaries were notified that for Guyana to be successful in hosting on and off the range, it would incur costs amounting to almost 20 MILLION dollars to ensure the Timehri Range is in pristine condition and also the procuring of ammunition.President Granger and Minister Henry acquiesced to the association’s request and generously boosted the budget with a shot that hit the V on first attempt, valued at 1 MILLION Guyana dollars.Minister Henry in presenting the cheque to GuyanaNRA Secretary Ryan Sampson who also holds a similar position on the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) in the presence of other executive members noted that the Ministry was very pleased to be associated with the association to celebrate such a rare millstone.Henry also stated that this contribution towards a continued partnership with the association is not one off and she is looking forward to assisting the association in other ways not necessarily in the area of finances only.In expressing gratitude, Sampson informed that over 100 shooters from the region and the world are expected to come to Guyana which would experience a direct boost in the areas of sports tourism since apart from the team members, it has already been confirmed that their family members would be making the trip also.“We intend to showcase a Guyana in a very positive way during the hosting of this championship.” Sampson said.Sampson also extended gratitude to President Granger and Minister Henry for giving the association the perfect start in their quest to raise the requisite funds towards a successful championship in October 2017.The GuyanaNRA has been able over the years to make all of Guyana proud with its performances at the Caribbean level and the world level, Guyanaese shooters making up half of the West Indies Team at eh last World Long Range Championships which took place at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA.The Guyanese marksmen led by Captain Mahendra Persaud are also the Short and Longa Range Champions of the Caribbean and are looking forward to maintaining that status come 2017 on home soil.last_img read more

Morocco Writes FIFA about Votes for 2026 World Cup

first_imgGuam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are able to vote on 13 June, but Morocco claim that is a conflict of interests.The 2026 World Cup finals will be the first to feature 48 teams.The BBC has learned the Moroccan FA first wrote to Fifa on 26 April, explaining that residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are US citizens while those of American Samoa are US nationals.It has now asked Fifa to inform the US territories of their inability to vote in order to allow for a fair bidding procedure.The race to win the 2026 World Cup hosting rights is thought to be close. Very close.Every vote counts, hence why Morocco want the four Fifa members prevented from having a vote given they are US territories.The matter shows no sign of being resolved amicably so it may be that the issue isn’t settled now until the day of the ballot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Moroccan Football Federation has written to Fifa to complain about US territories being allowed to vote to decide the 2026 World Cup hosts.Morocco are bidding to host the tournament, against a joint proposal from the USA, Mexico and Canada.last_img read more