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We are joined by Michael Thal retired from his teaching job when he was 51 years old due to a severe hearing loss. Rather than give up on life, he pursued a new career as a writer. Since 2001 he’s penned 3 published novels with a new one coming out this fall. He’s also written over 80 published articles for print magazines like Highlights for Children, San Diego Family Magazine, and Writer's Digest, to name a few.
Michael was inspired to write Goodbye Tchaikovsky due to a severe hearing loss at the age of 44. He left his job as a tenured sixth grade teacher seven years later because he couldn’t understand his students. Michael wrote Goodbye Tchaikovsky wondering what it would have been like if his hearing dropped out as a teen.
Goodbye Tchaikovsky is not just a novel about main character, David Rothman’s experience of transitioning between a hearing and deaf world. It is an emotional autobiography of hearing loss. Deafness is an unseen disability. We know a man is blind by the cane he uses to guide his walk. Her wheelchair easily identifies a disabled woman with Cerebral Palsy. Deaf people have to continuously remind others to talk slow so deaf people have a chance to understand their speech. Deaf are alone in crowds. They are isolated at parties. David’s story brings this conundrum alive to its readers.
Approximately (36 million) American adults report some degree of hearing loss. About 2-3 out of every 1,000 children born in the U S are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. The National Institute on Health estimates that approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities. There are 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Yet deafness is the only disabilty where people get mad at the deaf
A (very) Russian composer of the Romantic era, Tchaikovsky's work includes everything from symphonies, operas and ballets to instrumental/chamber music and songs. He composed some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and, my personal favorite, The Nutcracker.
Although he enjoyed many popular successes, Tchaikovsky was never emotionally secure, and his life was punctuated by personal crises and periods of severe depression. His music was often dismissed by American critics in the early and mid-20th century as being vulgar and lacking in elevated thought. They accused him of being "too emotional" and a "cheap sentimentalist." ing idiots.
I have just returned from a tour of the major cities of Poland, Hungary, Austria and The Czech Republic which included Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. My visit to the Polish city of Cracow included a tour of the infamous concentration camps of Aushwitz and Birkenau. In each of these great cities I ate large quantities of good food, drank copious glasses of good wine while visitng magnificent castles and memorials to the tens of millions slaughtered by the Nazi's the Communists and citizens of these countries whose children go to school, get married, have babies of their own and eat and laugh in the same way as the millions of visitors who come to their homelands. The trip therefore had a surreal quality that now has me asking myself how I, and my fellow travelers could have had such a good time in places that are vast graveyards and killing fields. How do I tell a story of my adventures that can shed some light on how these horrors could have happened without uttering the nearly universal words "It's Unbelievable" and "How could this have happened" while then enjoying a fun filled evening of good food and fellowship. How can we explain Mozart, Beethoven Tchaikovsky and Dvorak along side of Hitler and Stalin. In my story this evening I will offer some suggestions of explanation that will certainly be inadequate and which will certainly not have a happy ending. I will employ some of the themes used in past broadcasts including self and group idealization, dehumanization and demonization, and victimization.
Misty Copeland joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2000 and then joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001. In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African American female soloist and first in two decades, at American Ballet Theatre.
Her roles with American Ballet Theatre include: Muse-Duo Concertant, Gulnare-Le Corsaire, Flower Girl-Don Quixote, The Peasant Pas de Deux-Giselle, Lead Harlot-Romeo and Juliet, Fairy of Valor-The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Florine-The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Trois and a Cygnet-Swan Lake, The Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Sinatra Suite-Twyla Tharpe, workwithinwork-William Forsythe, Overgrown Path-Jiri Kylian, Gong-Mark Morris, Company B, Airs-Paul Taylor, Milkmaid-The Bright Stream, a Principal role created on her in Alexei Ratmansky’s Dumbarton and Misty premiered the title role of The Firebird in the Spring of 2012, featuring new choreography by world renowned in house American Ballet Theatre choreographer Alexi Ratmanski.
In 2008, Misty was honored with the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. This two year fellowship is awarded to young artists who exhibit extraordinary talent, providing them additional resources in order to attain their full potential.
Misty was honored with induction into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2012.
THE KIROV, THE GREAT RUSSIAN BALLET COMPANY.
THE KIROV BALLET is the company George Balanchine left behind when he sailed from Russia in 1924. It's the company from which Nureyev defected in 1961 followed by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1974.
THE KIROV is the great Mother Company hatching dancer after dancer, a continuum of star pupils, Pavola, Nijinsky.
SWAN LAKE, Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. The Paux a Deux, a magnificent tribute to the male dancer's athleticism and strength while performing series of grand jetes, the SWAN'S graceful movements are breathtaking and pay homage to years of arduous training.
What is a Ballerina...etc.
Is a Ballerina relevant in...etc.
Twyla Tharp, is she...etc.
The Red Shoes...etc.
Ballet the land of...etc.
Thank you for joining us on The Michael Dresser Show! Today we welcome these guests to our show:
Michael Homeier: Legal specialist on business & corporate law who joins Michael today on our weekly segment, "It's the Law!" http://www.HomeierLaw.com
Jody N. Gothard: Career expert talking about his company, Career Pro Resumes; http://www.careerproatlanta.com
Michael Thal: Author of "Goodbye Tchaikovsky," a novel based on his own experience with coping with deafness; http://www.michaelthal.com
Dr. Robert A. Weil, D.P.M.: Expert in sports medicine providing information to athletes, their families & coaches; http://www.sportsdoctorradio.com
Mona Lisa Wellington: Author of "Happily Never After," powerful tips on dealing with life's adversity; http://www.happilyneverafter.info
Thank you for joining us today on The Michael Dresser Show!
A Day of Holiday Music and Poems, to celebrate this special day.
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite: Waltz of the Flowers.
Poem: Christmas Carol Neapolitan.
Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Poem: Christmas Letter From Australia,
Moscow Symphony: We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Ellen Wilson: Gift of Love.
Poem: Merry Christmas.
Sybil Gage: The Christmas Beat.
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