Weekend Open Thread: Vern & Friends’ Best Concert Ever! Plus: Ron Thomas Remembers




vern and friends 7-10-15
[L-R: John Herceg, powerhouse Croatian-American baritone
Janelle Barrera, flutist extraordinaire
Vern Pat Nelson, your humble blogger, composer and pianist
Loghman Adhami, Persian-American violinist
The “Rock Doctor” John Hoaglund, geologist, occupier, vocals, sax and keyboards.]

This is why Chairman Vern hasn’t been writing so many stories lately, he’s been preparing for the Best. Concert. Ever.  Tonight at 7 at the Huntington Beach Central Library.  And you should all try to be there, you’ll be glad you did!  Here’s the program:

Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, first half (1976)

Mike Mower: Bossa Merengova from Sonata Latino (2004)

Jethro Tull: Life’s a Long Song (1970)
………………..Bouree (1969, based on a tune by J. S. Bach)

FOUR NEW Balkan Folksong Arrangements by Vern Nelson:

  1. Shto Mi e Milo (Bulgarian)
  2. Vehni Vehni Fijolica (Croatian)
  3. The Ballad of Fata & Mustafa (Bosnian)
  4. Moj Garavi Gotovo Je (Croatian)

Charles Griffes: Piano Sonata, 1919


 Charles Griffes: Poem for Flute & Orchestra, 1921

Jethro Tull: Reasons for Waiting, 1969

Loghman Adhami: Shtomal (by the Caspian Sea) – US premiere!

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, mvts 1, 2 & 5

Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, second half.


(Greg here:)  In less celebratory news, Ron Thomas circulated an open letter today that is worth reading.

Four years ago today, July 10th, Kelly was taken off of all life support. It was determined on the 9th that all of his organs had failed, and it was only the machines (life support) that the monitors were detecting. After continued consulting with Kelly’s trauma staff (Doctors and Nurses), I called Kevin, Tina, and Cathy into a private room. To have Kelly removed from the life support systems was a decision that I felt needed to be made and agreed on by the four of us and not mine alone. After all Kelly was (and will always be) the older brother to Kevin and Tina, and Cathy and mine’s oldest son. I tearfully explained everything that the Doctors and Nurses talked with me about. Kelly had been technically dead for a few days already. The trauma staff agreed to wait until the following day, the 10th, until other family members could get to UC Irvine. It was late in the afternoon when they did the final test for any brain activity. He had none………..We all did a lot of crying and said our final goodbyes. Everything was removed from him, and he was gone.

None of us will ever forget those days in the intensive care room. We were always looking for any possibility that he would open his eyes (even though Cicinelli and Wolfe destroyed them) or just move a little, something. But, nothing. Kelly never regained conciseness after the beating.

I have so much to say to the men who under color of authority brutally beat my son to death. I will say as much as possible during the civil trial, but of course the defense will object to every word that I say. One way or the other though, I will have my day, as all fathers of murdered children should.

This is your Weekend Open Thread:  Talk about the above, and whatever you’d like, within those broad bounds of decency and decorum.  (And go to Vern’s concert!  It helps pay for this blog!)

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