It is 25° F., anyway, with clear skies and the lovely spectacle of the morning stars. Am not going out for my morning spatiamentum but did in order to behold the glories of approaching Dawn.
Am reminded that if I don't turn the VPN on, I may as well not have it.
Haven't looked at the concerts site yet-- am now going to say Prime-- but I do know that Klassikaraadio is streaming the performance of Arvo Pärt's Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi secundum Ioannem from August's Helsinki Festival at, I believe, 0900 here.
... What do the American people have to show for all the post-war construction done in their name? Much of it would have looked more at home in the dreary cities of our Soviet rivals: buildings like the Brutalist J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, famously loathed by President Trump. The hulking concrete pile that is home to the Department of Housing and Urban Development has received bipartisan condemnation from its various occupants. Republican HUD Secretary Jack Kemp called it “10 floors of basement,” whereas a later Democratic successor, Shaun Donovan, said the building was “among the most reviled in all of Washington — and with good reason.”
The General Services Administration, the agency overseeing the design and construction of government buildings, insists on calling the HUD headquarters an “outstanding Modern achievement.” More recent GSA buildings, some of them avant-garde, have been variously derided as a “Borg cube,” “hulking, aggressive tower” and having a “sinister dimension.”...