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Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music, and humanities, add significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole. 

Happy 100th Birthday Leonard Bernstein

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Following months of concerts and celebrations nationwide, we officially celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, which is Saturday, August 25, 2018. The famous Tanglewood Summer Music Festival will celebrate Lenny's birthday next weekend with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) featuring conductors, Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams. Wouldn't we all love to be there?

Facing Evil

Sunday, August 12, 2018

While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, freedom of speech and diversity of opinion, there is no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country.  —Ivanka TrumpDuring time of growing political resistance to hatred, bigotry, violence, climate change denial, record heat, and horrific fires, many of us turn to art, music, humanities, science-based critical thinking, or all of the above for reasoning and assurance.

Are We Turning Our Backs on Liberal Arts and Humanities?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities asks a question near and dear to our hearts: Is the United States turning its back on the humanities. The evidence could seem real to some, given declining enrollments in the studies of arts, history, literature, language, and philosophy at colleges and universities across the country.

Global Warming Solutions from Paul Hawkens

Sunday, July 22, 2018

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, Paul Hawken’s solution-focused book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is a ray of welcome sunshine, as is his delightful and easily understood talk above, given at a Seattle town hall meeting in 2017.

Sunday Sonnets

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Though it is not known who actually wrote the Vivaldi Four Seasons sonnets, there is a theory that he wrote them himself because the sonnets are broken down into sections, corresponding to each movement in the four concertos, which never fail to evoke something seasonally special for so many of us.

Carolina Beach Music Redo

Sunday, July 08, 2018

July is the perfect time for lazy afternoons on the beach or in a Pawleys Island hammock—preferably sipping "Something Cool"* while reading a delicious Pat Conroy novel with the faint sounds of syncopated beach music in the distance.

Porgy & Bess: A Long Pull to Get There

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Like so many other cities around the country, we're having a June heatwave. It almost hit 100 degrees here in Colorado Springs this past week, therefore my need to listen to the smouldering sound track from George Gershwin’s innovative folk opera, Porgy and Bess.

Moral Ambiguity?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Moral ambiguity: a lack of certainty about whether something is right or wrong.Music matters, particularly when it addresses moral ambiguity and stimulates resistance and political activation necessary to protect human rights and the basic principles of democracy.

Sunday Morning Bach

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Bach...the immortal God of harmony​. —Ludwig van Beethoven​According to Joshua Bell, "There was but one man who could instill such reverence among the greatest composers and thinkers over the past three centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach."

Music, Sanity & Social Justice

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience. Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring with it memory. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can. —Oliver Sacks Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities focuses on the vitally important role music can play in feeling safe and sane in a world that may feel unsafe—and a bit insane at times.

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