The Week's Schedule of Work and Activities...


Monday, February 13, 2018 / Regular Schedule


President's Day Observance / No Classes


Tuesday, February 14, 2018 / Early Release Schedule


Classical Tuesday: Night Ferry (2012) /Anna Clyne (1980)


Night Ferry is an orchestral composition in one movement by the British-born composer Anna Clyne. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for which Clyne was then composer-in-residence. It was first performed February 9, 2012 at Symphony Center, Chicago by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under conductor Riccardo Muti. It has a duration of roughly 20 minutes and is composed in a single movement. The work was Clyne's second commission from the Chicago Symphony as composer-in-residence and her second fully orchestral composition. / At the behest of a suggestion from conductor Riccardo Muti, Clyne looked for inspiration from the composer Franz Schubert who suffered from a type of mood disorder known as cyclothymia. "In its essence, Night Ferry is a sonic portrait of voyages; voyages within nature and of physical, mental and emotional states." Additionally, the title of the piece is from the British poet Seamus Heaney's Elegy for the author Robert Lowell, who also suffered from manic depression.


Due Today:


Homework Worksheet 13.3 "A Global Conflict."


Totalitarianism Debriefing assignment.


Quiz 13.3


Review: Chapter 13


Discussion / review for Thursday's exam.


News Review (if time)




Download and fill-in homework worksheet 13.4 "A Flawed Peace".  This material is due tomorrow.


Prepare for a five-question oral quiz and bonus based on this material tomorrow.


Wednesday, February 15, 2018 / Advisement Schedule


Broadway Musical Wednesday:  Gypsy (1959) / Music by Jule Styne (1905-1994), lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (1930), and a book by Arthur Laurents (1917-2011).


Gypsy is a 1959 musical loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with "the ultimate show business mother." It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee's sister, the actress June Havoc. / The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including "Everything's Coming up Roses", "Together (Wherever We Go)", "Small World", "You Gotta Get a Gimmick", "Let Me Entertain You", "All I Need Is the Girl", and "Rose's Turn". It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century's conventional musical theatre art form, often called the "book musical". / Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers.


Due Today:


Homework Worksheet 13.4 "A Flawed Peace."


Quiz 13.4


Review: Chapter 13


Discussion / review for Thursday's exam.


News Review (if time)


Thursday, February 16, 2018 / Regular Schedule


Opera Thursdays:  Iolanthe (1882) / Libretto by W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and music by Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900).


Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri is one of the comic Savoy operas and is the seventh of fourteen operatic collaborations by Gilbert and Sullivan. In the opera, the fairy Iolanthe has been banished from fairyland because she married a mortal; this is forbidden by fairy law. Her son, Strephon, is an Arcadian shepherd who wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. All the members of the House of Peers also want to marry Phyllis. When Phyllis sees Strephon hugging a young woman (not knowing that it is his mother – immortal fairies all appear young), she assumes the worst and sets off a climactic confrontation between the peers and the fairies. The opera satirizes many aspects of British government, law and society. The confrontation between the fairies and the peers is a version of one of Gilbert's favorite themes: a tranquil civilization of women is disrupted by a male-dominated world through the discovery of mortal love. / Iolanthe opened in London on 25 November 1882, at the Savoy Theater to a warm reception, and ran for 398 performances, the fourth consecutive hit by Gilbert and Sullivan. It was the first work to premiere at the Savoy (although Patience had transferred to the theater in 1881) and was the first new theater production in the world to be illuminated entirely with electric lights, permitting some special effects that had not been possible in the era of gas lighting. The opera opened simultaneously in New York, and touring companies were sent around the UK and US to play the piece.


Due Today:


Notes: World War I


Assessment: Chapter 13 / World War I


You will be given a test on the material covered in chapter 13.  It is based on a combination of your text reading, presentation material, and the two activities (World War I From the Soldier's Point of View and Redrawing Europe) you did.  It will consist of:


  • 21 Vocabulary Matching Questions (1 point each)
  • 15 Multiple-Choice Questions (2 points each)
  • 1 essay (from two possible choices) (30 points)

You will have the whole period to take this exam.


Friday, February 17, 2018 / Advisement Schedule


Whatever Fridays:  Who Knows?


This is the day set aside for whatever meets SiR's fancy.  It could be Japanese Commercials, a cartoon from the 1930's, scenes from a classic film, a bunch of quirky videos, etc.  If you have something you think might fit in, please send SiR a note of what you might want, he just might play it.  Warning--his standards are high, so it should be something in the neighborhood of awesome!


News Review


Friday Advice


Assessment: Chapter 13 / World War I


Students who took yesterday's exam will get their material returned.  We will review the material to make sure there have been no errors.


Students who missed yesterday's exam will take a formal written exam in its place.  Presentation notes will be due as well.





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