September 23, 2014

Mozart, Money Problems, and Voltaire

Helzberg Hall Kansas City Symphony

The spouse and I spent the evening at the Kansas City Symphony, with Rameau's Suite from Dardanus, Mozart's Number 31, and the Fauré Requiem on the program, all conducted by Bernard Labadie.  The first two, particularly, were marvelous, especially from our seats (we were in the center, third row).* As Mozart's "Paris Symphony" reverberated throughout the hall, I was struck by the fact that I was sitting here, in the year 2013, listening to a piece of music composed 235 years ago in 1778 by a the … [Read more...]

Voltaire the Investor

Bust of Voltaire

How One of History's Greatest Thinkers Amassed a Fortune One of the people upon whom I have based the way I live my life is Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire, or Voltaire for short. Born on November 21st, 1694, he passed away on May 30th, 1778 after a long and extraordinarily successful life pushing for social reform and a more enlightened society, harshly criticizing superstition and slavery.  Besides the fact that we can thank him for heavily influencing the American Revolution and later, … [Read more...]