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Francis Reddy who host Les Saisons de Francis, a classical music program on Radio-Canada from Montreal on the weekend, was playing some J.S. Bach this morning and I was listening to a piece played by Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991). Piano music in the early morning is nice to listen to and in this case Bach is perfect for the title of this blog entry ”Thank God the year is ending”

What did 2019 bring, nothing bad really, it was a quiet year, there was some turbulence in June and lots of cold rainy weather until mid-July which affected the number of tourists coming here, which is a blessing in a way. We travelled to The Netherlands, Norway and London, a very nice trip.

I had some health problems, all resolved now. For my Birthday in March we travelled to Halifax, which is close to us and an easy drive. You can say that this sea port is somewhat of a metropolitan area for the Maritimes. Halifax alone is more than 10 times the population of Charlottetown and has an international airport. I gave 2 lectures on Government House and its history dating back to William IV. In June we travelled to Ottawa, Will attended a conference of the Symphonic Orchestras of Canada and we revisited the sites and new developments in the City. Was impressed by the renovations to the National Arts Centre and those made at the National Gallery of Canada, it renews those two institutions and brings a new perspective on Music and the Arts. The New Canadian Gallery at the National Gallery of Canada is spectacular and so well curated.

I was also able to visit in Amsterdam the Rijks Museum, spending 2 days to really have a good look around, that place made me very happy to be surrounded by so much beauty and so well displayed and presented.

In the Fall we had a gala for the PEI Symphony at Dalvay by the Sea, this beautiful Summer home built in 1895 in Queen Anne Style which is now a Manor style hotel with a good restaurant, the house has been beautifully preserved and is owned by Parks Canada. Had never walked on the beach in October on a Sunny day and a brisk Atlantic wind, it was fun.

There were many other events during the year too many to name but all in all it was a good year.  As for this blog, well I was all over the map with various topics as the mood strikes me. I have been at it for more than 14 years now but I cannot remember exactly when I started it, I was not always on WordPress and migrated with the years.

On this year end I think of the music heard from Austria, Vienna with its end of year concerts and New Year Day concert from the 1870 Musikverein Concert Hall and its famous Golden Room. The New Year’s day concert are heard since 1939.  This year Maestro Andris Nelsons will conduct the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra.

This piece who bears the headline of this blog entry I chose for today,

Composed by J.S. Bach, Cantata for the First Sunday after Christmas (30 December 1725)

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir Ton Koopman,  Deborah York, soprano,

Aria (soprano): Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende