"Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world."
The beat goes on
By Tokie Brideaux
"How many percussion instruments can one musician handle at a time? Michael Burritt tests the limits.
As part of the Celebrity Series at the University of Calgary, the percussion soloist will play xylophone (an arrangement of wooden bars of various length that is struck by a mallet), vibraphone (similar to a xylophone but with metal bars), tom-tom (a cylindrical drum with no snare), crotales (antique cymbals), almglocken (tuned cowbells), water gong (a musical gong that is dipped into a tank of water for a glissando effect) and shekere (a large Latin instrument like a gourd with beads woven into a net covering).
In the first half of performances on Nov. 17 and 18, Burritt will display his talent on marimba. In the second half of the program, he will perform American composer Joseph Schwantner’s Concert for Percussion with the U of C Wind Ensemble (with director/conductor Dr. Glenn Price).
Burritt is also an active composer—one of his concertos premiered in Paris this year and he has written numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and other percussion instruments.
U of C audiences will hear two of his works, as well as pieces by J.S. Bach, Argentinean composer Alejandro Vinao and American experimental music composer John Cage.