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Meet Marcos Galvany

November 29, 2011

An overwhelming desire to capture a magical moment between an adorable four-year old girl and her handsome date compelled me to interrupt an early morning breakfast at Leopold’s Kafe.  I soon learned that the pair often ventured out together, meandering around Georgetown, frequenting Rose Park, the Apple Store, and that Leopold’s was a favorite spot.

Lina surprises Marcos on his birthday (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lina surprises Marcos on his birthday

She is Lina Scott, daughter of Caroline and Scott Simon, and younger sister of Elise. He is Marcos Galvany, godfather to Lina and her Watergate neighbor.

Thanks to The Georgetown Dish for an excuse to ask a lot of questions, I now have the pleasure to introduce you to classical composer, conductor and dear friend, Marcos Galvany.

His parents came from Spain to see him perform his first original operatic tableaux at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 10, 2010. His mother’s only hope was that her son had sold enough tickets so she “wouldn’t have to visit him in jail.” The world premiere was sold out, and in 2013, Marcos plans to perform “Oh My Son” for the Pope at the Vatican. 

When he was little more than Lina’s age, a playmate accidentally punctured Marcos’s right cornea while they were playing with cardboard boxes. After a failed operation, his parents brought him to a hospital near Barcelona. There the surgery was a success but it meant months of recuperation during the summer, and for a few months each year thereafter. A convent run by “21 very nice nuns and my aunt” soon became Marcos’s new home.

“Whatever you do, don’t touch the piano,” cautioned his aunt. Within two weeks, an eye-patch clad Marcos was composing, “drawing melodies in my head from the Gregorian chants.” He taught himself to play, the nuns taught him to paint.

Marcos's Steinway grand piano in his Watergate living room (Photo by: Marcos Galvany) Marcos's Steinway grand piano in his Watergate living room

At 13, a neighbor had gotten a new piano. When his mother heard him play, she thought he was “possessed.” At 17, he was writing original compositions, and at 18, enrolled in a national competition by his older brother.  “With two day’s notice, I was to play in a disco my own music.” He won.

Offered several scholarships, Marcos chose Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, Maryland. Inspired by his teacher, Dr. Virginia Rittenhouse to orchestrate a symphony, Marcos was soon performing around the country with the famed New England Orchestra.

“I want people to know my music,” says Marcos, as he prepares to record the CD version of "Oh My Son" this summer.

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You had me at 3G

November 27, 2011

It would have been decades earlier if you hadn’t introduced iMac in translucent Mondi blue. With a color palette that extends all the way from anthracite to Audi Nimbus grey, I naturally gravitated to the 1992 Richard Sapper-designed matte black IBM ThinkPad with the red dot. It’s Lenovo now and I’m on my third, feeling pretty much the way you always have about Microsoft products. No Genius Bar in sight for us.

Richard Sapper IBM ThinkPad (Photo by: designclassicsblogspot.com) Richard Sapper IBM ThinkPad

I was delighted you agree that MobileMe was awful and thrilled that after all these years you still love Bob Dylan, that is, up through Blood on the Tracks, and of course, Modern Times.

And those French knives with the glue between the blade and handle.  Seamless integration is my mantra too. Before there was email and operating systems, I would always proudly proclaim, “I don’t type and I don’t do windows.”   

With you, everything is personal. I learned that from Walter Isaacson. But it comes with the territory. You know how everyone feels, what they want, and exactly how the stuff should look. No tampering with perfection, please.

While I was teaching myself to type so I could enter the World Wide Web through Mosaic, you were busy creating my iPlanet, a magical place with no paper, no middlemen, no stylus, no add-ons. Best of all, you imbued my minimalist’s paradise with the wisdom of a Zen master, the aesthetics of a Bauhaus engineer, and the joy of a hippie on LSD.

When Siri appears, I look straight into her (his if you live in the U.K.) black iPhone 4S eyes and say, “Thank you, steven p. jobs.”

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Georgetown Business Association elects 2012 board

November 17, 2011

The Georgetown Business Association (GBA) elected their 2012 board members yesterday. "It tells you how much this organization has evolved in the past two years... 'Fresh blood', young, ambitious, energetic," said incoming president, Rokas Beresniovas. Adding, "Karen and Janine - new board members, one year on the board and proved themselves to be great leaders with lots of energy and ideas in the community. Newly elected vice president Riyad Said, has been involved with GBA for the past three years, most recently as treasurer.

Beresniovas has been a GBA board member since 2007 and vice president for the past two years. He succeeds Joe Giannino as president.

President - Rokas Beresniovas, HSBC Bank USA
Vice President - Riyad Said, Wells Fargo Advisors
Treasurer - Karen S Ohri, Georgetown Floorcoverings
Secretary - Janine Schoonover, Serendipity3



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