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Yea! A World Premiere!!

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A World Premiere!  Now that’s an exciting event!!  And it has happened right here in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts–The Shining, a Stephen King novel made opera.  The May 7th performance was amazing Xs 10!!

As Minnesota Opera’s promotional brochure states, “Stephen King’s best-selling novel comes to life in this suspenseful new opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell.  As the Torrance family settles in at the infamous Overlook Hotel, Jack comes face to face with his own demons–real and imagined.  Will he be able to protect his wife and son from the evil forces within the hotel?  This dramatic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat with a dynamic musical score befitting King’s page-turner.”

The production of this ground-breaking work is just another reason we in the Twin Cities area should support this exceptional opera company Minnesota Opera.  They not only bring the best and brightest in opera to our locale, they are also bold enough to try new works as well as old, exceptionally new ideas as well and the old and familiar.  I know this for a fact since my wife and I attended last year’s outdoor presentation of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West on a cold and wet Saturday evening.  Yes we were cold but we got free Minnesota Opera blankets to keep us warm.  That’s bold and exceptional!

I hope you will come try opera on for size at Minnesota Opera.

Bye for now.

 

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The Shining

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It is austere to think that there is a new opera about ghosts about to be unleashed on the earth. I know it has happened in the past and it may not be the last, but this one should be unique as it is from the best selling author Stephan King–The Shining.  The Minnesota Opera will premiere the Paul Moravec musical mystical experience on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30pm with subsequent performances on Thursday, May 12, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday May 15 for a 2:00pm matinee.  I look forward to letting you know what I thought of it.

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Why Emporium?

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It crossed my mind that some may wonder why my website is called Floydsemporium and the answer is simple–I like it.  The term “emporium” has a mystique about it that says “Cool, baby!” To find the unusual, one doesn’t just go to a store.  One goes to an “emporium” to find the unusual.

Okay, am I way off?  Probably, but you must agree it’s better than floydsstore.com.  Right?  At FloydsEmporium there will be more than just stuff to buy, though there will at times be offers of products to purchase.  I have to “keep the lights on” so to speak.  Hopefully you will also find interesting articles about various things in daily life as well.  Our goal at the Emporium is to offer items of interest that will encourage and enlighten as well as enrich the lives of those who visit.

The items will be various and sundry and they may surprise some.  For instance, I am about to begin a series on the upcoming Minnesota Opera world premiere of The Shining–Yes the Stephen King story, but an operatic version by composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell.  Since the four performances are sold out it seems moot to say when they happen but it also seems wrong not to do so:  May 7, 12, 14 and 15.  My goal is to promote a great musical organization right in our Minnesota back door.  Wait till next season and there will be much more on the Minnesota Opera.

I will be writing about family, church, community, education, and all sorts of peripheral things as well.  So stay tuned and keep reading, and don’t forget to like and share.

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Hello world!

Hey there!

So glad you are joining us for a new beginning.  We at Floydsemporium want to serve the communities at large for a better world.  First, though, let me introduce myself.  I’m Floyd and I own this establishment.  It’s not much but it is mine.  I’m a pretty plain person who loves Jesus and I love my family.

I’m also an educator.  I teach public school music and I can’t think of another job that is as fun, worthwhile and rewarding.  So a lot of my weblogs will be about family, church and teaching.

I’ll write about a lot of other things as well, like remodeling bathrooms, landscaping the yard, buying things from cars to coffee pots, my childhood and who knows what else.  I’ll try to make it so you can pipe in too.

So welcome to a new Floyds.

Bye for now.