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If anyone knows what's what in architecture, it is Architectural Digest ...
"If anyone knows color, it's Donald Kaufman. The artist and founder of Donald Kaufman Color has made a name for himself—quite literally—by fine-tuning pigments to achieve a wider range and better understanding of color. And if anyone knows rugs, it's Nader Bolour, the founder of beloved rug source Doris Leslie Blau, and a carpet connoisseur since his childhood in Iran. Luckily for anyone with an interest in either subject or the intersection of the two, Bolour and Kaufman have partnered for a unique show of carpets and color. Color Theory will present a range of antique rugs divided into eleven colors and presented against a backdrop of Kaufman's unique hues. At an opening reception on May 16th, Kaufman and AD100 designer Carey Maloney will discuss colors and carpets in interior design. In anticipation of the show, AD caught up with Kaufman and Bolour about the intertwined subjects."
Read more at Architectural Digest here.
Despite the agitation and difficulty of our election year, strong and ethical leadership is thought to be one of the most important factors guiding our society according to an article by The Harvard Business Review. This survey was completed by executives and therefore does not represent the everyday person on the street but the article brings up very interesting points that are relevant for all of us in the working trenches. The top three takeaways (there are ten all together) are that effective leaders combine high ethical and moral standards; strong leaders provide objectives and goals; and three, leaders who have an impact are able to communicate goals and clear expectations. The article emphasized that ethical and moral standards together create a trusting environment where people feel that they can work productively and that their work has meaning.
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Luther's Legacy in Saxony: A New Podcast Highlights Martin Luther Sites and his Legacy to Music
In 2017, the state of Saxony, in the eastern part of Germany, is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the date when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the famous church door, calling for a debate and reform of the Catholic Church. From that point on, there was no going back. The events that followed led to the Leipzig Disputation, Luther's excommunication at the Diet of Worms, and the start of the Protestant Reformation.
For Luther, music was a vital part of the church service, and an expression of devotion, prayer and communion with God. In fact, Luther was a trained musician and composer, who wrote 30 chorales, and published a book of hymns. He was a powerful force for music and a reason that choral singing became so popular in German-speaking countries. His most famous hymn, "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" (A Mighty Fortress is Our God), is said to have been translated over 70 times into English, and is still sung in churches of many Christian denominations. Luther's music and words still resonate throughout the United States and the world. Similarly, the role of music in Saxony is as vital and alive today as it was in the 16th century.
To honor and commemorate the role of music in Martin Luther's life, Saxony Tourism has created the podcast about Luther's legacy, highlighting places in Saxony that were important to Luther, accompanied by music based on hymns that he himself composed.The podcast is produced and narrated by Naomi Lewin, the former afternoon host on WQXR, New York's classical music radio station. It is available as a free download for radio and news websites, and leads the listener through the most important Reformation sites in the cultural and musical destination of Saxony. They include Leipzig and Dresden, both world-renowned centers of composition and performance; Meissen, home of the famous porcelain factory; and Torgau, the political heart of the Reformation movement.
In Dresden, the Semper Opera, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the 800-year-old Holy Cross Boys Choir are major institutions that are lively parts of the city's cultural life. Dresden is also in the process of opening a renovated hall for the Philharmonic at the Kulturpalast, as well as a new building for the Staatsoperetta that was crafted out of a former power plant. In Leipzig, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St. Thomas Boys' Choir, the Bacharchiv, the Mendelssohn House and the GRASSI Museum for Musical Instruments are just a few of the stops along the city's three-mile Music Trail. Understanding the role of music in the time of Martin Luther is an important part of the celebration of both the life of Luther, and the Protestant Reformation.
In this podcast, listeners can literally hear the sounds of Saxony. The podcast features some of the greatest composers and musicians who lived and worked there: Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Schütz, Max Reger, and Johann Walter. Performers include Leipzig's St. Thomas Boys' Choir, and Dresden's Holy Cross Boys Choir, as well as the brilliant brass instruments of Virtuosi Saxoniae, under the direction of Ludwig Güttler. Other composers include Dieterich Buxtehude, Michael Praetorius, Johann Ernst Altenburg, and Jean Langlais, plus organist Harold Stover.
Saxony Tourism is grateful to Edel Kultur for the use of "Luther in Music" and "Celebrating Together" - two CDs created expressly for celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and the life of Martin Luther. To stream the podcast please click here, listen below or download it here.
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Heidelberg is world-renowned for its beautiful castle ruins up on the hill overlooking the city and the Neckar River. The old bridge and the Philosopher’s Way offer unbeatable views of the city. Even for people who have been to Heidelberg however, there are some hidden gems that are worth discovering. This 820 year old city is overflowing in creativity with post modern art, music, film and hip hop and it has thoughtful and unique treasurers that one can enjoy in an afternoon. Here are three examples of off-the-beaten path places in Heidelberg.
Most tourists know about the beautiful Philosopher’s Way, but what they may not know is that if you continue on the path you will end up in Neuberg Monastery. This Benedectine abbey was founded in 1130 by the Lorsch monastery. Twelve monks still currently live in the Monastery and help produce and sell agricultural produce ranging from milk and apple juice to sausage. Locals can come to the farm store to pick up their produce or enjoy a quick bite at the restaurant “Zum Klosterhof.” There is also the Klosterhof Brewery, a small organic brewery situated in the grounds of the Neuburg monastery, it produces small quantities of hand-crafted specialty beers.
Outside of the Old Town, in WestStadt a stimulating interactive art festival takes place every year for about 10 days in summer. ARTORT brings the city to life with interactive dance performances that take you from HebelHalle all the way to the old town’s Jesuit Church. Every night is a different and unique experience.
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METROPOLINK is a new festival (July 8 to 22 but still continuing this October and November with Cabriolet tours) that is dedicated to Urban Art with huge wall art all around the city that has transformed the sides of buildings. This city art is an incredible backdrop as Heidelberg has become the place for all the top names in German hip-hop, from Torch to Advanced Chemistry. Today Heidelberg is home to post modern art, modern performances and everything new and hip from Street Dance and Poetry Slams and new Grafitti. Interdisciplinary events with international arts take place on a regular basis. Artists at the Breidenbach Studios als auch im Dezernat 16 collaborate and cool events such as the »Mut zur Wut« poster festival and the „WilliBender Projects“ attracted international attention and the title of UNESCO Creative City.
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