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Camarada was a dream come true on Jan. 27 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, for lovers of all things classical. This quartet showed off its exceptional talent as it interpreted a lot of old masters San Diego style.

Flutist Beth Ross Buckley, with pianist Dana Burnett complimenting her jeweled notes, made the San Diego style “Classics to Tango” come alive as the featured stars of the evening. The actual vigor of their performance was showcased however when they were joined by Violinist David Buckley and Brazilian cellist Lars Hoefs.

The first half of their journey through the classics, most of which were not familiar to me, were composed by old masters like Antonio Vivaldi, and Friedrich Kuhlau. The youngest was Yuko Uebayashi who was born in 1961. He is still living. I was unfamiliar with all of them, but that’s just me. What do I know?

My classical music education goes only as far back as “Listen to the Mocking Bird,” “Frankie and Johnny” or “She’s Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage,” songs my daddy used to sing to me. They may be classics, but if so they probably came from the vaudeville era.

The last half of the concert, after intermission, was more familiar to me. They played some Gershwin. Jascha Heifetz arranged some selections from the “Porgy and Bess Suite.” It was in this portion they included the “Grand Tango” and Libertango.”

Perhaps you’ve deduced that while there is no denying “Camarada” was not my cup of tea, it was just right for aficionados of most things classical. For my taste it needed some timpani.

The next Community Concert will be on March 3rd, at 2 p.m. in LPAC. This one will have music from the 50s and 60s. Kit and the Kats will give us a little romance along with dance and is accompanied by a four piece band so I’m sure to get a little of my desired drum rolls. There is always that when you get “Rock and Roll” even the early kind. It should have everything to delight us in the spring when a young man’s fancy and an old man’s too, turns to love.

To bring the season to a close I will definitely get invigorated because on April 4th, we’ll be treated to the Encore Saxophone Quartet. You know how I love all things brass. This will be staged on April 14. All of the concerts this season play on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

This year has started to make me wonder if it will survive all the negativity that started last year, but I have promised myself that I will have to devote more energy to tuning out all the negative hype.Once in awhile I get an idea toward that end.

The latest one that has occurred is: If all of the billionaires who pay millions for television time to make an insulting political pitch had to contribute an equal amount of money to each of these factions: schools, fire fighters, law enforcement, maybe we wouldn’t have to listen to their drivel.

It is the Chinese New Year and celebrations include the dragon dance. This is the ‘Year of the Pig.”

Here are some personal opinions that I can agree with: W.H. Auden said: “We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.” From David Letterman: “America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.”

One thing we can all be thankful for while looking into the future is that Phil poked his head out of the ground looked around and didn’t see his shadow, so we should have an early spring. I don’t think he’s ever been wrong, so hallelujah, it should get warmer soon.

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