It doesn't surprise me at all that this remains the best-selling album of all time and I challenge evern the most cynical listener to play "Thriller" without tapping along.
Jennifer Matthews (accompanist, The Atlantic Boychoir)
Dr. Jennifer Matthews is a vocal and piano pedagogue, collaborative pianist, and conductor. Jennifer worked at the Mannes School of Music and City Opera of New York as accompanist and répétiteur and at Hunter College, City University of New York as lecturer and assistant conductor of Hunter Opera Theater and Hunter Choirs. She concluded her formal education by earning a Doctorate in Music Performance in opera studies and conducting from McGill University; also working as assistant conductor for Opera McGill. She returned to Hunter College and later spent the summer months at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Institute as vocal coach and répétiteur.
Dr. Matthews returned to Corner Brook where she has a large piano and vocal studio and formed the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Incorporated which features a mixed choir, and senior and junior youth choirs, The Bay of Island Musical Arts Chorus has performed with Marc David and the Newfoundland Symphony and looks forward to another production of BIMA’s annual Messiah in December. BIMA opera was thrilled to present a fully-staged production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica as their inaugural opera featuring all choirs and guest artists. Jennifer has also been music director for the musicals presented by the Stage West Festival for the last three years and also made her third appearance with Winter Tide Festival as pianist and Choral conductor. She also just completed a term as Musical Director at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Corner Brook. Dr. Matthews was thrilled to become the official accompanist for the Atlantic Boychoir in 2016 and is looking forward to its many exciting artistic endeavours planned in the upcoming year.
The proper use of Walden Pond and Walden Woods has been the subject of debate for over a century. Should it serve as a public park with full access for swimming, fishing, hunting, and camping? Should it be preserved in a pristine state? Should commercial development be allowed? For several decades, the area has been open to the public for swimming and fishing. Those who have felt that the pond was threatened by overuse have been very vocal in Concord, and during the 1980s the number of users per day was limited by closing the parking area when a certain capacity was reached. During the same period, though, the town made it possible for some of the land around the pond to be developed. When the door to development opened, two projects were proposed: a large office building and a condominium complex. These plans were brought to the attention of Don Henley, lead singer of the rock group the Eagles, by a group of concerned local residents. Henley spearheaded a campaign to preserve the area, and rallied political figures such as Senators Ted Kennedy and Paul Tsongas, as well as a number of actors and musicians, to the support of the Walden Woods Project (WWP). WWP arranged a number of fund-raising events, including rock concerts, movie premieres, and a "Walk for Walden Woods," and successfully negotiated with the developers to purchase the endangered land, as well as additional land in Walden Woods. THE LEGACY OF WALDEN In order to continue the process of education about the need for preservation, the Walden Woods Project turned to the Thoreau Society and its half-century of experience and knowledge. The Society and WWP collaborated to found the Thoreau Institute , which is owned and managed by WWP and hosts seminars and forums on Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the environment. The Institute is also the repository of the world's largest collection of Thoreau-related research material. The Thoreau Institute and the Thoreau Society promote continued interest in and research on Thoreau and his work. This essay was written in 1995 for an exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of Thoreau's move to Walden Pond and his writing of the American classic, Walden ; it has been updated for inclusion here. All references are to Walden , ed. J. Lyndon Shanley (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971).
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