In this round -- Round 4, I think, it is -- the answer is especially exotic.
This time, it jumped out at me pretty quickly! I found out on Facebook, is what happened. Because of a post -- elementary, my dear Watson -- by the British author Norman Lebrecht. Norman Lebrecht, who in addition to his books writes the music blog Slipped Disc, is something of a globe-trotter himself. He is also a Facebook friend of mine. Let me say this right now: Anyone who knocks down Facebook and Twitter has no idea what he or she is talking about. Facebook and Twitter have been awfully darn good to me.
Norman Lebrecht wrote on Facebook this morning that he is having lunch with JoAnn Falletta .... where?
Here is a picture.
By the look of the cab you get the idea that we are not in Kansas any more, or even in America. You are correct!
But where are we? Where in the world is JoAnn Falletta?
Here is another picture. This is where the orchestra plays.
Here is a musical hint. This is a famous song sung by a tenor I love.
Now you are getting warmer! But it is not enough to say the country. You must say the city!
While you are thinking, you may listen to the song sung by the great Irish tenor John McCormack. You know me, I love my John McCormack.
I did not want to give away the tune's actual official name but now I have. It is from Londonderry.
JoAnn Falletta is in ...
She is the new music director of the Ulster Orchestra -- that is, when she is not here in Buffalo -- and that is where she is today having lunch with my Facebook friend Norman Lebrecht. And might I add that I introduced the two of them. Norman Lebrecht visited Buffalo last fall, reading from his new book "Why Mahler?" And it was my great pleasure to introduce Norman to JoAnn over a beer at Founding Fathers.
That is a picture up above of a pub in Ulster.
I hope JoAnn Falletta and Norman Lebrecht are having a beer there!
-- Mary Kunz Goldman
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