Tickets for Tosca are $30 & $35 from Ticketmaster and the Colony Theater Box Office

Tickets for Tosca are $30 & $35 from Ticketmaster and the Colony Theater Box Office.

Cast includes: Jennifer Harris, Enrique Pina, Nelson Martinez, Diego Baner, Jorge Arcila, Jared Peroune & Ismael Gonzalez. Doris Lang Kosloff, conductor. Raffaele Cardone, Artistic and & General Director. Video by Ken English,

ACT I. Cesare Angelotti (Diego Baner), an escaped political prisoner, rushes into the church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle to hide in the Attavanti chapel. As he vanishes, an old Sacristan (Jorge Arcila) shuffles in, praying at the sound of the Angelus. Mario Cavaradossi (Enrique Pina) enters to work on his portrait of Mary Magdalene – inspired by the Marchesa Attavanti (Angelotti’s sister), whom he has seen but does not know. Taking out a miniature of the singer Floria Tosca (Jennifer Harris), he compares her raven beauty with that of the blonde Magdalene (“Recondita armonia”). The Sacristan (Jorge Arcila) grumbles disapproval and leaves. Angelotti (Diego Baner) ventures out and is recognized by his friend and fellow liberal Mario (Enrique Pina), who gives him food and hurries him back into the chapel as Tosca (Jennifer Harris) is heard calling outside. Forever suspicious, she jealously questions him, then prays, and reminds him of their rendezvous that evening at his villa (“Non la sospiri la nostra casetta?”). Suddenly recognizing the Marchesa Attavanti in the painting, she explodes with renewed suspicions, but he reassures her (“Qual’ occhio al mondo”). When she has gone, Mario summons Angelotti (Diego Baner) from the chapel; a cannon signals that the police have discovered the escape, so the two flee to Mario’s villa. Meanwhile, the Sacristan (Jorge Arcila) returns with choirboys who are to sing in a Te Deum that day. Their excitement is silenced by the entrance of Baron Scarpia (Nelson Martinez), chief of the secret police, in search of Angelotti (Diego Baner). When Tosca (Jennifer Harris) comes back to her lover, Scarpia (Nelson Martinez) shows her a fan with the Attavanti crest, which he has just found. Thinking Mario (Enrique Pina) faithless, Tosca (Jennifer Harris) tearfully vows vengeance and leaves as the church fills with worshipers. Scarpia (Nelson Martinez), sending his men to follow her to Angelotti, schemes to get the diva in his power (“Va, Tosca!”).

ACT II. In the Farnese Palace, Scarpia (Nelson Martinez) anticipates the sadistic pleasure of bending Tosca (Jennifer Harris) to his will (“Ha più forte sapore”). The spy Spoletta (Jared Peroune) arrives, not having found Angelotti; to placate the baron he brings in Mario (Enrique Pina), who is interrogated while Tosca (Jennifer Harris) is heard singing a cantata at a royal gala downstairs. She enters just as her lover is being taken to an adjoining room: his arrogant silence is to be broken under torture. Unnerved by Scarpia’s (Nelson Martinez) questioning and the sound of Mario’s (Enrique Pina) screams, she reveals Angelotti’s (Diego Baner) hiding place. Mario (Enrique Pina) is carried in; realizing what has happened, he turns on Tosca (Jennifer Harris), but the officer Sciarrone (Ismael Gonzalez) rushes in to announce that Napoleon has won the Battle of Marengo, a defeat for Scarpia’s side. Mario shouts his defiance of tyranny (“Vittoria!”) and is dragged to prison. Scarpia, resuming his supper, suggests that Tosca yield herself to him in exchange for her lover’s life. Fighting off his embraces, she protests her fate to God, having dedicated her life to art and love (“Vissi d’arte”). Scarpia again insists, but Spoletta interrupts: faced with capture, Angelotti has killed himself. Tosca, forced to give in or lose her lover, agrees to Scarpia’s proposition. The baron pretends to order a mock execution for the prisoner, after which he is to be freed; Spoletta leaves. No sooner has Scarpia written a safe-conduct for the lovers than Tosca snatches a knife from the table and kills him. Wrenching the document from his stiffening fingers and placing candles at his head and a crucifix on his chest, she slips from the room.

ACT III. The voice of a shepherd boy is heard as church bells toll the dawn. Mario awaits execution at the Castel Sant’Angelo; he bribes the jailer to convey a farewell note to Tosca. Writing it, overcome with memories of love, he gives way to despair (“E lucevan le stelle”). Suddenly Tosca runs in, filled with the story of her recent adventures. Mario caresses the hands that committed murder for his sake (“O dolci mani”), and the two hail their future. As the firing squad appears, the diva coaches Mario on how to fake his death convincingly; the soldiers fire and depart. Tosca urges Mario to hurry, but when he fails to move, she discovers that Scarpia’s treachery has transcended the grave: the bullets were real. When Spoletta rushes in to arrest Tosca for Scarpia’s murder, she cries to Scarpia to meet her before God, then leaps to her death.

— courtesy of Opera News

Gary Grunick for Circuit Judge – Lincoln and Pike Counties – Missouri

Occasionally, I wonder what some of my childhood friends did with their adult lives.

I learned about my grade school reunion a few months ago, and looked at a website with pictures of people I hadn’t seen in nearly 50 years. The initial contact came via Facebook.

I turned the static images into a video. As I watched it, I found myself remembering bits and pieces of my childhood. I grew up in residential area of St. Louis, when Stan Musial and Ken Boyer played for the Cardinals.

It’s surprising, isn’t it, what information is stored, somewhere in your mind.

I opened a few doors and spent a few minutes back on a playground behind St. Gabriel’s elementary school, 1500 miles and a lifetime away. Some of “the kids” became lawyers and judges, firemen and corporate workers. One became a respected pottery craftsman. They’re retired. A couple are dead.

Last week, I encountered a memory from high school via Facebook.

A former teammate is running for office as a Circuit Judge in Missouri, not far from football field we shared in 1966. It turns out, he had a distinguished military career, serving as legal counsel in Germany, Turkey, Iraq, and a variety of other locations.

His illustrious career was achieved while dealing with the loss of his only child in an auto accident at the age of 14. She was a passenger in a church van.

I remember him as a pulling guard on the football team. An exceptional lineman who went on to law school and the military, helping others and serving his country.

I wish I could say the same about my accomplishments. They seem rather insignificant, right now.

But, I am able to do something for him that he can’t do for himself, and that’s put him on YouTube. So, as a token of my respect, I copied the images and information from his website and created a video. I hope it contributes to his election.

If you live in Lincoln or Pike County in Missouri, and have an opportunity to vote for Gary Grunick, do so. You won’t be disappointed. He’ll be leading a “sweep right” into the future.

Horses of Color – Equine Thermography Displays Heat in Color for Non-Invasive Diagnostic Evaluation – Are you a certified infrared thermographer? Would you like to expand your business into the equine industry? Take United Infrared’s EquineIR training module in Las Vegas, 27 to 29 September 2011, and you can walk into the Polo America Expo and talk to potential clients from 30 September to 2 October. Classroom and field work are part of the EquineIR training at the South Point Casino and Equestrian Center.

Video by the MediaMojoGuy – Miami, FL.

ABCs of Media Mojo – Presented at IRINFO 2011

Ken English MediaMojoGuyMost businesses recognize the importance of having a website. In the rapidly evolving world of the internet, having a static website is not enough. Today’s websites must be interesting, dynamic and easy to find. There are eleven key elements of social media you can use to get your website noticed.

My presentation @ IRINFO 2011 focused on the four basic building blocks – audio, video, blogs, and micro-blogs – with the emphasis on how you can create a video using only a digital camera and a free video production site called Animoto.

I took a few minutes to establish a timeline because I thought it was important to understand how quickly the internet has evolved, and that it is still evolving.

Think of this timeline as a highway, with each entrance ramp being a specific year. At some point, everyone listening to this presentation drove onto this information highway and become part of the traffic.

Where were you in 1962?

I know, that sounds like a long time ago, but that’s generally accepted to be the year the internet was born as researchers at MIT began to work on a concept to connect computers using the telephone infrastructure that existed at the time. Soon, military applications became evident, and the government entered the picture.

Where were you in 1972?

I ask because that was the year the first email was sent. It was also the year of Watergate, and the attack on Israeli athletes at the Olympics. The average cost of a new house was $27,550. Average income? $11,800. Gas was 55 cents per gallon.

To read the rest of the story and download the PDF, visit: IRINFO 2011


A Tool for Video Production – Several Samples of Animoto Videos

Animoto is an exceptionally easy way to produce a video for online consumption. However, with a little practice, and patience, it can be used to distribute information in an entertaining way. You can add audio, so you can create a soundtrack with an audio editor and upload a mp3 file. Using a voiceover as part of the soundtrack enables you to tell, as well as show, you product or service. By injecting short (10 second max) video clips, you can create a visual combination of digital images and video that is attention grabbing. You can download the video in 240p and 360p (standard), or HD 480p and 720p (pro upgrade). 480p works best on mobile devices, while 720p is fine for full screen on your computer. Maybe not on your 72″ plasma screen.

This video has snippets from Animoto videos produced by the MediaMojoGuy for Dr. Ron Capps (aka Nicheprof), Skeie Auditorium Seating, Ginny Culp, IllinoisIR, Northwest Infrared, United Infrared, Don Silcock’s images of Borobodur, Indonesia and the Peace and Quiet Safari company in Kampala, Uganda.

Add Excitement to Text and Images with Animated Video Backgrounds

Add excitement to your words and images by using an animated video background. If you can work with Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas or other video editing software, you will be able to improve you videos by adding a dynamic background. 150 hiqh quality (720p) and 20 high definition (1920p) animated video backgrounds enable you to improve a home movie or a business presentation! Guaranteed to spice up any ordinary looking videos to Visually Stunning, High Impact videos! Video by the MediaMojoGuy.

Online Marketing Summit – 8 to 10 August 2011 – Miami, Florida (MediaMojoGuy) – OMS Miami returns with a flexible, three-day “Super Regional” format:

Day 1: Online Marketing Boot Camp. Choose from 12 intensive workshops covering the digital marketing essentials, advanced “how to” tactics, social media and more.

Day 2: Conference Day. Attend sessions across 3 tracks covering online marketing best practices and case studies in search, social, email, integrated marketing and more – all presented by industry thought leaders.

Day 3: Social Media Workshops. Learn from in depth social media workshops. Video produced by the MediaMojoGuy, Miami, Florida. C’mon Down! The weather’s hot and so it the nightlife on South Beach

Eco-Adventure Tours Africa: Peace and Quiet Safaris – Kampala, Uganda – Gorilla trekking has become one of the major safari activities in Africa particularly in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) . The mountain gorillas form a corner stone of Uganda’s National tourism industry. The majority of the people who come to Uganda to see gorillas will also have time for other parts of the country. Video by the