Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Ludwig van Beethoven

Hammerklavier Sonata for piano Opus 106

Scherzo, Assai vivace
Adagio sostenuto
Largo - Allegro risoluto

Hartwig Eichberg, pianist

Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor Opus 5/2

Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo - Allegro molto piu tosto presto
Rondo. Allegro

Ron Welch, cellist - Hartwig Eichberg, pianist

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
Seattle, Washington

Thursday, July 26, 2012

That's Entertainment

Audio/video from August 19th show online:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hollywood Variety Show

Old Hollywood:  Photos, Autographs, a Car, and Entertainment

Billed as the world's biggest collection of movie star photographs, the thousands of framed and autographed photos on display at Club Hollywood Casino in Shoreline, Washington, virtually define an era of glamour. 

Collector Mark Mitchell, now 77, began pursuing the Hollywood stars for photos and autographs when he was 4 years old, thanks to his newspaperman father who interviewed and wrote stories about the stars. After Saturday-night gigs by front page stars such as Groucho Marx, the news staff brought their wide-eyed children on Sunday to meet the entertainers.  When he was in his teens in Las Vegas, Mitchell got a napkin from the famed Sands Hotel in Vegas signed by Frank Sinatra. 

Only a portion of his extensive collection is now displayed at Club Hollywood Casino, at 16716 Aurora Avenue North, with much more in his Seattle home.  The collection also includes a large number of sports greats.  Some of these photos are at Hamburger Harry’s in Ballard and Edmonds, where Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb keep tabs on the number of hamburgers sold. 

Club Hollywood Casino was literally designed and built around a car owned by Marilyn Monroe, who purchased the vehicle not long before her early death. Bought by Mr. Mitchell some 35 years ago, the limousine was placed on site, and the building constructed around it, leaving it now sitting in the front window of Club Hollywood.  Mitchell drove a generation of Little League ball players around in that car when he was a coach.

On Club Hollywood's upper floor rows of photos line every wall. John Wayne, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Steward, Elvis Presley, Rudolph Valentino, Sophia Loren, Marlena Dietrich, Goldie Hawn, Jean Simmons and thousands of others, gaze back at fascinated visitors.  Although the collection focuses on Hollywood actors, there are also photos of some directors, producers, and musicians, along with a sports star who appeared in films…a memorable Mickey Mantle.

A show that features entertainment from the era of this photo collection opens at Club Hollywood on August 19 and returns on September 16.  The Hollywood Variety Show includes songs, comedy, instrumental music, and magic.  Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley won't be there, but it will be fun to reminisce. 

See these shows August 19 or September 16, both Sundays, at 3:30 pm at Club Hollywood.  Tickets are $20 at the door.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

J. S. Bach - F. Busoni

Chaconne in D-minor
Alexandra Tsirkel, pianist
Audio link

Laudate Dominum - Mozart

Vesperae Solennes De Confessore
Diane Althaus, soprano

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mondo Cane Theme - More

Lyrical theme from an edgy film: Mondo Cane
Song by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero from the 1962 film (A world gone to the Dogs) .

Fly Me to the Moon

More Synthesized Sinatra:

Fly Me to the Moon

Bart Howard/ Sammy Nestico

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I've got the World on a String

This office is starting to sound like Las Vegas.

I've got the World on a String

writers: Harold Arlen/ T. Koehler

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New York, New York

It's was a big orchestra for my office, but we managed.

New York, New York

Michael Dodaro, (Sinatra)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Wesendonck Songs 4 & 5

Lucinda Strankman - Maxey, Soprano


     by Richard Wagner

Josh Brown, pianist


Sunday, January 22, 2012

De Falla and Obradors - Rehearsal

Diane Althaus sings with Richard Rorex, guitarist.
Nana; De Falla

Tres Morillas; Obradors