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Classical ballet for children’s self-esteem

classical ballet introduction to childrenThe City of Angels Ballet in Silver Lake near Los Angeles offers free classical ballet training for children coming from some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods.

Each afternoon hundreds of children make the long car drive to the tiny studio, their portal to ballet’s magical world.

The company was founded by Mario Nugara, a professional ballet dancer who wanted to create a ballet academy offering classes for the children of South Los Angeles.

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Statue of Liberty – a Sign of Esteem

Statue of Liberty historyOn June 17, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor.  The meaning of “Lady Liberty” is known: it’s a symbol for freedom and democracy and a symbol for welcoming arriving immigrants.  We could say in other words that the Statue of Liberty is a sign of esteem.

Do you know that the Statue of Liberty has an older sister?  Yes, it’s true.  The sister is smaller than Lady Liberty and stands in Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.  The French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi created in 1870 a first statue, a smaller sculpture which should have been given to the United States as gift for the Centennial of the American Declaration of Independence.  Due to various reasons it didn’t happen, and that’s why this sculpture stayed in France to this day.

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Esteem for Joshua Bell as street musician

Joshua Bell dance of violinCan people recognize a street musician through the fog of a D.C. rush hour and give his music esteem?

Joshua Bell, one of the finest classical musicians in the world, placed himself against a wall in a metro station in Washington.

He took his most valuable Stradivari violin and started to play some of the most elegant music ever written.

Read what happened then!

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Esteem for Monty Python

Monty Python AutobiographyOne of the most obvious signs for public esteem toward a comedy group is when their sketches are replayed by young comedy groups even decades after their first performance.

Monty Python received and still receives this kind of esteem.  At the Edinburgh Festival 2009 for example their sketches were performed by young comedians.

The famous Parrot Sketch was first performed by the Monty Python team many years ago.  “This is an ex-parrot” goes the famous sentence of John Cleese’s complaint to Michael Palin for selling a stuffed pet.

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Esteem for opera singers

Opera singer Renee FlemingFor music lovers, enjoying classical music in the form of operas is a special occasion.  We can all derive pleasure from listening to opera singers.

We don’t see the years of hard work behind their talent; the intense singing exercises, how much care they have to give their precious voice and the slow, gradual development of their instrument.

We just enjoy the uplifting music and their amazing voices.

Wouldn’t it be great to give esteem directly to these artists to show that their efforts are precious?

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Centenarians have strong esteem for life

The Wisdom of CentenariansIn Germany the number of the centenarians has more than doubled within the last 15 years. The fact that these centenarians today are spiritually and physically fitter than those of former generations, is found by a representative investigation of researchers of the university of Heidelberg which they made with people at the age of 100 years in and around Heidelberg.

The study showed a comprehensive picture of centenarians and their life situation. It appears that psychological strengths such as will to live, meaning of life and optimism are more important for a high quality of life and inner contentment than performance ability or health.

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Esteem for Tolerance

Tolerance: Principles, practices, obstacles, limitsNineteen ninety-five was the United Nations “Year for Tolerance”.

Subsequent to this the UN established the International Day for Tolerance on November 16, 1996.

In the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance we read that “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.”

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Esteem for pianists

Nadia Reisenberg: A Musician's ScrapbookSome pianists attract a lot of attention for their ability to perform classical music. There are other pianists who use their great skill as teachers.

They have often a hidden influence in the music world by teaching the next superstar pianists.

Nadia Reisenberg was one of them.  She was a piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic during the 1940’s and was often heard in concert and on radio broadcasts.

She was also known as a respected teacher to her peers.  Thanks to a four-CD set covering the music of Chopin received renewed attention.

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How to develop open-mindedness

Power of Perception Umphlett openmindedWe encounter open-mindedness when we meet people free of prejudice, and who are tolerant, curious of life and modern thinking.

One of the best descriptions of open-mindedness is that it’s a state of being ready to accept new ideas.  Being open-minded means being interested in other people, other cultures and other ideas.

How can we develop this precious character trait which obviously can make it easier for us to live esteem in our life?

To develop open-mindedness we can exercise tolerance toward ourselves and toward others.  We can expose ourselves to foreign cultures, other ideas – or in other words to everything which at first glance seems strange to us.

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Esteem for Felix Mendelssohn’s music

Mendelssohn: A Life in MusicAs we give esteem toward people, we can give esteem toward cultures, organizations or art.

The beauty of classical music is immediate for some, but for others it takes time to discover.

Once discovered it’s easy to give esteem toward classical music because often it touches the very soul of the listener.

I was reminded of my esteem for this art when an important moment in classical music history happened.

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