If many of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concerts this season have come with a dash of event status, the orchestra this past weekend slipped into a program that was merely pleasant, if a bit dull. Little of the repertoire presented Saturday night in Verizon Hall really grabbed attention, with the notable exception of Stravinsky’s striking ancient-modern suite from Pulcinella. Some of the playing, too, contributed to the routine air, though nothing ordinary passed from the hands of the evening’s soloist. The infusion of $5 million over five years from local philanthropist Frederick R. Haas and the Wyncote Foundation for organ-centric programming might raise concern about the influence of money over programming. But the appearance of Peter Richard Conte in Handel’s Organ Concerto in F Major, Opus 4, No. 4 was a thrill. Conte — known as the grand court organist for the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s— was front and center at the on-stage console … [Read more...] about Wanamaker organist Conte brings thrilling color to mostly drab Philadelphia Orchestra program
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print SANDUSKY — Staring up at the 205-foot tall Steel Vengeance roller coaster and watching its empty train whoosh by on yet another practice run, a wide-eyed Richard Zimmerman couldn’t help but gush like a little kid with a new toy. “I get just as excited about the little stuff as I do the big stuff, but this,” the new CEO of Cedar Fair LP said as his gaze drifted across the steel-and-timber showstopper at Cedar Point this season, “this is a fabulous looking coaster. It really, really hits the mark on what we like to do.” Cedar Fair LP's new CEO Richard Zimmerman next to the Steel Vengeance Roller Coaster Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Sandusky. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH Enlarge | Buy This Image Mr. Zimmerman, 57, on Jan. 1 succeeded Matt Ouimet as chief executive officer. He has personally ridden Steel Vengeance multiple times along with its sister coaster, Twisted Timbers, … [Read more...] about Dealing in the thrill: Cedar Fair CEO excited about Point’s future
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What’s the future of the clunky 3-D glasses at amusement parks?Earlier this week, Universal executives discussed technology during the grand opening of the Fast & Furious — Supercharged, a new thrill ride where visitors see 3-D images without wearing any glasses as they go on a highway chase through San Francisco.The technology is a “big advancement,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of Universal Creative. “That would have been impossible a few years ago.”“You feel like it’s 3-D, you feel like you’re really there with the actors without wearing glasses,” Coup said this week as he answered questions from the news media before the ride’s celebrity-packed grand opening. “That makes everything so much real without being bothered with wearing some glasses — a much more free and enjoyable experience.”Pictures: Fast & Furious Supercharged opening ceremony at Universal Orlando »So will the … [Read more...] about At Universal and Disney, are 3-D glasses a thing of the past on thrill rides?
By Robert Salonga | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm | UPDATED: May 3, 2018 at 7:11 pm SAN JOSE — One of the killers in the grisly murder of a 15-year-old-old Santa Teresa High School sophomore nearly a decade ago could be released from prison earlier than expected if a judge decides he qualifies under a relatively new criminal-justice reform law. Randy Thompson, now 24, was sent to Santa Clara County jail after a detention hearing Thursday where the family of Michael Russell — whose “thrill kill” death shocked the community — voiced their dismay at the prospect of the prisoner’s early release. A judge is set to evaluate whether Thompson’s case should have been filed in juvenile court instead of adult court back in 2009 when he was first charged. Until recently, Thompson had been serving a 26-year prison sentence at San Quentin State Prison in the killing of Russell, who was … [Read more...] about Victim’s family dismayed as San Jose ‘thrill kill’ case revisited