Frigid in Yellowknife - a final entry .....

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

I hope my Christmas letter finds you healthy, happy and looking forward to the Christmas season.  December in Florence
December 2006 in Florence
I spent last Christmas in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy and New Years in Venice, (photo in Florence taken just over a year ago) almost half way through my year off work to travel. The Christmas carol I heard most was "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" and I laughed to myself because they would have to keep dreaming....  while in Yellowknife it is a given Christmas will be white!  I had a marvellous year travelling, starting in New York city at the Rolling Stones Concert in September on my birthday and continuing on to 17 countries, finishing up in Australia and New Zealand.  I met marvellous people, both locals and other tourists (you know who you are!) I arrived back in Canada in mid August  - and to Yellowknife, where I work for the Government of the Northwest Territories,  at work Oct. 1.   
So I am now in parka (this pic was taken yesterday) weather. Winter in Yellowknife December 2007
Winter in Yellowknife December 2007
Other than working, I have been singing with the 'Aurora Chorealis' choral society which has many more members (60-70) and a real turnover since I left.  We performed our Christmas concerts last Wed. and Thurs. They consisting of John Rutter's version of Magnificat in the first half and R. Murray Schaefer's Chants (new music) for the second half and a Christmas song at the end.  Some people were disappointed there wasn't more traditional Christmas music, but our musical directors like to stretch us as well as the audience. We were accompanied by a live orchestra, consisting of harps, violins, viola, clarinets and flutes with 9 musicians coming from Edmonton - mostly from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, to add to our local musicians,. That was a real experience, singing with a live orchestramuch less listening to them!   After New Years, we'll start practising for the Spring concert.
On Sat. Dec. 15 Yellowknifers started to have a real treat - the local movie theatre is now offering  HD live performances from the Metropolitan Opera in New York .  I attended the performance of Romeo and Juliet 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., with Placido Domingo (yes the opera singer) conducting.  Renee Fleming did intermission interviews. It was funny getting dressed in fleece and parka to go to the opera!  We will now be getting all the Met operas, and next Sat. the Nutcracker is playing.

 I leave for Saskatchewan tomorrow the 21st for Christmas with my family, and I return to Yellowknife Jan. 11.  
  Fireworks last New Years Eve
Fireworks 2006 New Years Eve in Venice 

So that's all for now - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks to you all for reading my ramblings and typos - it has been a blast!
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