We Came! We Saw! We Smiled! Las Vegas Philharmonic

Written by Robert LaGrone

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Samuel Barber, one of America ’s most popular twentieth-century composers, has been called “Neo-Romantic” because his works use structures from that earlier period, and also because his writing is often inspired by literature. Such is his “Music for a Scene from Shelley,” written in Italy, where Percy Bysshe Shelley had written his epic poem Prometheus Unbound in 1820.

The poem is Shelley’s adaptation ofrepparttar incredible Greek legend of Prometheusrepparttar 137391 Titan, who is chained to a desolate mountaintop by Zeus as punishment for stealing fire fromrepparttar 137392 gods and giving it to mankind. Did you know that liver tissue can regenerate? Inrepparttar 137393 myth, an eagle comes every day to eatrepparttar 137394 Titan’s liver. Eventuallyrepparttar 137395 prisoner is rescued byrepparttar 137396 mighty mortal Hercules, andrepparttar 137397 goddess Athena brokers a clever peace agreement between Zeus and Prometheus. Barber’s brief piece capturesrepparttar 137398 larger-than-life scene beautifully.

“WE ARE ROMANS, LET US PASS!” Tonight’s marquee piece wasrepparttar 137399 incredible Feste Romane, or “Roman Festivals,” written by Ottorino Respighi in 1928. This extravagant tone poem isrepparttar 137400 final act inrepparttar 137401 composer’s trilogy aboutrepparttar 137402 Eternal City (along with The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome). Feste so vividly depicts ancient Roman scenes that one conductor declared it “almost intolerably realistic”.

Ancient Rome was not a gentle place. The first movement, “Circuses,” opens with competing trumpet fanfares and sets a chaotic scene of rowdy crowds, wild animals, and growing excitement. Layered above this mess are melancholy strains representingrepparttar 137403 martyrs who will soon be torn limb from limb forrepparttar 137404 Romans’ entertainment. The mayhem stops abruptly withrepparttar 137405 beginning ofrepparttar 137406 second movement. “The Jubilee” depicts pilgrims onrepparttar 137407 road to Rome with a soft andante passage byrepparttar 137408 strings. Graduallyrepparttar 137409 tempo quickens andrepparttar 137410 volume increases asrepparttar 137411 city draws near, and a sudden horn fanfare and church bells announcerepparttar 137412 travelers’ arrival.

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Blackjack- Should You Count Cards?

Written by Tom McBroom

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* Learn how to constantly conceal your card counting skills when playing, to avoid being asked to leave.

* Play at odd hours – usually very late at night intorepparttar early hours ofrepparttar 137309 morning, because it's best to play one-on-one withrepparttar 137310 dealer or with as few other players as possible atrepparttar 137311 table.

* Change tables and casinos frequently, to avoid being detected.

* Have a very large bankroll. As a professional, you will need about 300-500 times your average bet, to be able to take advantage ofrepparttar 137312 count by stepping up your bets dramatically and playing multiple hands, while also being able to weatherrepparttar 137313 wild swings in your bankroll that will frequently happen inrepparttar 137314 short run. This translates to a working bankroll of about $30,000 - $50,000, based on average bets of $50 - $100, which is what you'll need to earn a full time living.

If you are indeed able to do all ofrepparttar 137315 above flawlessly, then congratulations! You are an expert card counter and you will make money inrepparttar 137316 long term.

Forrepparttar 137317 99% of us who are recreational players and unable - or unwilling - to makerepparttar 137318 substantial effort required to count cards expertly, then playing Basic Strategy isrepparttar 137319 next best thing. This will give a very low edge against you of about one half of one percent, while still providingrepparttar 137320 chance to come away a winner inrepparttar 137321 short term.

Learning perfect Blackjack Basic Strategy takes only a few hours and can be mastered by virtually everyone. You can play any table, any time, for as long as you like, without having to worry about being noticed byrepparttar 137322 Pit Boss. In fact,repparttar 137323 Pit Bosses will welcome you with open arms. You'll still haverepparttar 137324 lowest odds against you of any table game inrepparttar 137325 casino and you'll have a fighting chance of beatingrepparttar 137326 casino with a good run of cards.

This isrepparttar 137327 best way to play for casual, recreational players who want to have fun but not lose their shirts.

Don't get me wrong:repparttar 137328 bottom line is that if you want to be a serious, dedicated Blackjack player, who getsrepparttar 137329 most thrill out of beatingrepparttar 137330 casino and is willing to work hard to do it, then by all means learn card counting.

However, forrepparttar 137331 recreational player, Blackjack should be easy to learn and fun. With Basic Strategy, it is.

Tom is the webmaster at Blackjack For Everyone, which is a website dedicated to the recreational Blackjack player.

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