Surprise Find- Nova Era

While visiting Disneyworld last August, I came across the very last thing I ever expected to find.

We were spending the evening in Downtown Disney and heading towards the Rainforest Cafe when we heard some fantastic music playing.  Now, music playing in the streets is not an uncommon thing in Disneyworld, but this music had a very specific tone quality to it.  We turned a corner and I was stunned to see an oboist standing on a mini stage in the middle of the street.  Dressed in Baroque-style costumes, complete with tall wigs, she was accompanied by two other musicians on electric string instruments.

Finding an oboist performing live outside of a concert hall is incredibly rare, especially in a group of street musicians.  I walked over to get a closer look, and of course I ended up buying a CD.  As it turned out, they were three members of the group Nova Era, a world-renowned musical troupe that plays classical music with a twist, with regular performances at Downtown Disney in Orlando.  They have quickly become a favourite of my entire family, and while I may be biased, I love how the oboe is very prominent in their music.  I highly recommend you check out their music, especially “Sanctuary.”


Tomorrow: Iron Science

Watch tomorrow from 10 am to 12 pm for my sister and I on the Discovery Channel website.  We will  be leading a belly dancing fitness lesson during the Iron Science teacher competition at the University of Calgary.  The competition will be broadcast live online.  Wish us luck!

Inspiration- Monica Hughes

Monica Hughes was the first author to really inspire me and her books introduced me to a love of science fiction and fantasy.  I read as many of her novels and short stories as I could find in my school and public libraries.  I had the immense honour of meeting her in 1999, only four years before her death in 2003 at the age of 77.  One of my most prized possessions is my copy of her “What If?” anthology, which she signed for me that day.  Whether you’re young or old, I encourage you to check out her books.  The first one I ever read was “The Golden Aquarians,” and my top favourites are “The Faces of Fear,” “Devil on My Back,” and “Where Have You Been, Billy Boy?”


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