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                                                   DESTINATION: NETHERLANDS                                                                                                        LOCAL MUSIC




                                                                                                                                                                                                           News Journal file
                                                                                                                                                                      Paige Long plays harpsichord and flute.



                                                                                                                                                                      Harpsichord:
                                                                                                                                                                      Lovely sound,
                                                                                                                                                                      beautiful sight
                                                                                                                                                                                     By LAURA STEWART
                                                                                                                                                                                        FINE ARTS WRITER
                                                                                                                                                                         When Paige Long selected what she will play
                                                                                                                                                                      at today’s Daytona Solisti Chamber Orchestra
                                                                                                                                                                      concert, she had more than music in mind.
                                                                                                                                                                         ‘‘In this case, Paige chose the particular
                                                                                                                                                                      harpsichord concerto, by Franz Joseph Hay-
                                                                                                                                                                      den, because it shows off her beautiful new in-
                                                                                                                                                                      strument so well,’’ said Daytona Beach
                                                                                                                                                                      violinist Susan Pitard Acree. She’s the ensem-
                                                                                                                                                                      ble’s founder and music director — and the one
                                                                                                                                                                      who usually makes the selections.
                                                                                                                                                                         But the new harpsichord is special enough to
                                                                                                                                                                      hold its own today, said Acree. ‘‘It is very beau-
                                                                                                                                                                      tiful to hear, but also to look at, with its intri-
                                                                                                                                                                      cate painted and papered designs.’’
                                                                                                                                                                         Long, who also plays the flute and is music
                                                                                                                                                                      director at St. James Episcopal Church, com-
                                                                                                                                                                      missioned Adam Decker to build the harpsi-
                                                                                                                               News Journal photos/AMANDA CORTRIGHT   chord. The Atlanta master builder completed it
                                                                                                                                                                      in January, and Long began rehearsing. It may
  The gardens of the Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands, are about a 20 minute train ride from the capital, Amsterdam. Blue tulips can be                                sound like a stretch for a flutist, but only until
  seen in the flower bed on the right.                                                                                                                                Long talks about her mu-




      Dutch Treat
                                                                                                                                                                      sical background.
                                                                                                                                                                         ‘‘I began to study piano      ‘‘As a pianist, I
                                                                                                                                                                      when I was 7 years old,’’
                                                                                                                                                                      said the Flagler Beach find all different
                                                                                                                                                                      musician, who earned
                                                                                                                                                                      bachelor’s and master’s               kinds of
                                                                                                                                                                      degrees in music educa-
                                                                                                                                                                      tion at Washington Uni-              keyboard
                                                                                                                                                                      versity in St. Louis.
                                                                                                                                                                      ‘‘There was always mu-             instruments
                                                                                                                                                                      sic in my home when I
                                                                                                                                                                      was a child, and I loved            to be very

   Immense ‘kitchen garden’ gives                                                                                                                                     all kinds of music but my
                                                                                                                                                                      favorite was classical.
                                                                                                                                                                         ‘‘I was very excited to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        interesting —
                                                                                                                                                                                                        especially the
   life to small town during spring                                                                                                                                   begin the flute through
                                                                                                                                                                      my high school band pro-
                                                                                                                                                                      gram at age 10, but I con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        harpsichord.’’
          By AMANDA CORTRIGHT              attraction is wandering at your                                                                                            tinued to play the piano             PAIGE LONG
               STAFF WRITER                own pace and taking plenty of                                                                                              because I really wanted


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                                           pictures along the way. Plus, the                                                                                          to play both the flute and the piano well,’’ said
          ince the 15th century, the       only lines you’ll find are in the                                                                                          Long. ‘‘Besides, I wanted to be able to play mu-
          hunting grounds of a once-       cafeteria or gift shops.                                                                                                   sic with my friends — and it really would have
          private estate in Lisse,           To take a break from the flowers,                                                                                        been difficult to carry a harpsichord around a
  Netherlands, have grown from             you can have lunch, shop or go the                                                                                         marching-band field.’’
  fields of herbs and shady bushes to      more touristy route and watch                                                                                                 Long is still enjoying playing music with her
  the modern-day, 80-acre English          wooden-shoe carving                                                                                                        friends. Sunday’s solo follows ‘‘Overture in G’’
  style bulb garden known as               demonstrations, climb a windmill                                                                                           by Kaspar Fritz, played by the Solisti orches-
  Keukenhof.                               or have your picture taken in one of                                                                                       tra, and sets the tone for three more composi-
     Dutch for ‘‘kitchen garden,’’ this    the larger-than-life wooden shoes.                                                                                         tions. They are Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in
  spectacle opens each spring for just       The gardens’ administrators                                                                                              D major, Op. 3 No. 11, with violin soloists Acree
  eight weeks, with thousands of           have no shame in showing off their                                                                                         and Connie Murray-Lytle, joined by cellist Joe
  flowers and garden designs on            Dutch heritage for tourists. And
                                                                                     This is the Tulip House at the Keukenhof in Lisse. In late                       Corporon.
  display to the public.                   this writer didn’t pass up the            March 2007, the weather was chilly enough that many tulips                          Long and fellow flutist Tom Yuschok join
     This year, Keukenhof began its        opportunity to sit in a 6-foot-long       hadn’t bloomed outside yet. In the warmer environment of                         forces for Dominico Cimerosa’s ‘‘Rondo in G,’’
  59th season on March 20 and              wooden shoe, either. As they say,                                                                                          and the orchestra closes with Wolfgang Am-
  remains open through May 18.                                                       pavilions, however, tulips were fully open.
                                           when in the Netherlands . . .                                                                                              adeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 17 in G.
     It can take all day to walk the         According to its Web site                                                                                                   ‘‘The Mozart symphony is an amazing piece
  acreage — paths lead in various
  directions around ponds, through
                                           (keukenhof.com), 825,000 tourists                                    If You Go                                             of chamber-orchestra music, with two lively
                                                                                                                                                                      outer movements bookcasing the beautiful, ly-
                                           visited the gardens in 2007.
  arbors and across bridges. Every so      Sometimes chilly weather early in         GETTING THERE: Getting to                                                        rical inner movement,’’ said Acree. ‘‘It’s a fine
  often, you come upon a building          the season means not all the bulbs        Keukenhof is easy if you’re                                                      piece which is seldom performed, but which
  with an indoor exhibit (a welcome        have sprouted yet — especially the        already in Holland. Take a train                               Map               deserves to be played more.’’
  relief if you go on a cool spring day)   tulips. Both the temperature and
                                                                                                                                                    Area
                                                                                                                                                                         That’s Long’s feeling, too, about music in
  of orchids, tulips or floral                                                       to Leiden (a 20 minute ride
                                           lack of tulips outdoors (there are        from Amsterdam, about 14                                                         general and the new harpsichord — her third,
  arrangements.                            hundreds inside the Tulip House,                                                                                           and the first she has commissioned. Adding to
     Keukenhof is a delight for flower                                               euros). At the Leiden train           North Sea
                                                                                                                                                                      its beautiful design and sound are two Latin
                                           however) mean crowds are a bit
  lovers, but it’s also an amazing                                                   station, take the ‘‘Keukenhof                             Netherlands            mottoes that adorn its surface.
                                           thinner early in the spring.
  experience for anyone who                  The garden is still impressive          Express’’ bus to the park, 15               Lisse      Amsterdam                    ‘‘ ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ means ‘Glory Be To God
  appreciates the outdoors, art or         however, even without the fresh           minutes away.                                                                    Alone,’ and reflects my approach to sacred mu-
  people-watching.                         green leaves that come with the           ADMISSION: Cost is 13.50                                                         sic,’’ said Long. ‘‘I chose the longer motto, ‘Mu-
     Children love to run around           warmer weather. Crowds flock to           euros (about $18), 12.50 euros                                                   sica Laetitiae Comes Medicina Dolorum,’ or
  freely, and there’s even a petting       the garden when it opens, but the                                                                                          ‘Music is the Companion of Joy and the Medi-
                                                                                     ($16) seniors 65 and older and
  zoo and children’s play area in the      hordes of flower-gazers usually                                                         BELGIUM                            cine of Sorrow,’ because music touches many
  center of the gardens. There’s no                                                  6 euros ($9) for children ages 4
                                           don’t appear until later in May.                                                                         GERMANY           peoples’ lives in these ways.
  right or wrong way to experience                                                   to 11. You can buy tickets online         Miles
                                                                                                                                                                         ‘‘Whether happy or sad, music expresses
  the park, either. Just find a path                                                 at keukenhof.com or at the park.      0           50                             your heart and lifts your spirit,’’ she said. ‘‘As a
                                           Cortright is a Home and Garden
  and start walking.                       editor at the News-Journal.                                                                              News Journal      pianist, I find all different kinds of keyboard in-
                                                                                               — Amanda Cortright
     Unlike theme parks familiar to        She can be reached at                                                                                                      struments to be very interesting — especially
  most Americans, this park’s main         amanda.cortright@news-jrnl.com                                                                                             the harpsichord. And nothing beats the sound
                                                                                                                                                                      of Bach, played on the keyboard.’’



          Amsterdam on the cheap? It can be done
                                                                                                                                                                                laura.stewart@news-jrnl.com



                                                                                                                                                                                          If You Go
                                                                                         By AMANDA CORTRIGHT                While the Keukenhof is just open
                                                                                              STAFF WRITER                two months each year, there are               WHAT: Daytona Solisti Chamber
                                                                                                                          certainly things to do in Amster-             Orchestra’s Spring Concert
                                                                                    Some winked. Some giggled. Oth-
                                                                                                                          dam year round when the gardens               WHEN: 3 p.m. today
                                                                                  ers just said ‘‘Oooooh. You just got
                                                                                                                          aren’t open.
                                                                                  back from Amsterdam, huh?’’ I so-
                                                                                                                                                                        WHERE: St. James Episcopal Church,
                                                                                  bered most everyone when I ex-                BUDGET ACCOMMODATIONS                   44 S. Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach
                                                                                  plained, ‘‘Yes. And I went with my
                                                                                  mother.’’                                 Throughout Europe, the hotel                ADMISSION: by donation
                                                                                    Mom was in Europe for business,       chain Ibis (of the Accor hotel
                                                                                                                          brand) is known for its Ikea-like             INFORMATION: 386 868 5382 or
                                                                                  and we decided to meet in Belgium,
                                                                                                                          modern furnishings, its simple but            daytonasolisti.com
                                                                                  then travel to Holland to scope out
                                                                                  the land of some of our ancestors. It   clean rooms and its cheaper rates.
                                                                                  was a short trip (just a week spread    We stayed at the Ibis Center, di-
                                                                                  among three different cities), and      rectly beside the train station.
                                                                                  we decided to do Amsterdam on the
                                                                                  cheap.
                                                                                                                            Rooms were somewhat small
                                                                                                                          and, by European standards at this                          COMING
                                                                                    If you’re interested in seeing the
                                                                                  Keukenhof gardens, which are in
                                                                                                                          time last year, somewhat cheap at
                                                                                                                          140 euros/night. There are four                             MONDAY
                                                                                                                          Ibis locations in Amsterdam, in-
                                                                                  Lisse, Netherlands, you’ll likely be
                                                                                                                          cluding one at the airport. Find out
                                                                                  staying in Amsterdam and taking a                                                   WORRIED ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S?:
                                                                                                                          more at accorhotels.com.
                                                                                  day trip to the festival (the train                                                 Doctors say more testing done earlier can
  Visitors can see unique architectural styles in Amsterdam.                      trip to Lisse is 14 euros).                      SEE AMSTERDAM, PAGE 3G             detect the crippling disease.
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The Daytona Beach News Journal                                                                                                                  TRAVEL/ARTS                                                                                          Sunday, April 6, 2008 3G


                                                                                                                    DESTINATION: NETHERLANDS

                                                                                                                                                                    Dutch amusement park
                                                                                                                                                                   explores the human body
                                                                                                                                                                               By TOBY STERLING
                                                                                                                                                                              ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                                                                                                                                                 OEGSTGEEST, Netherlands —Strap on 3-D glasses
                                                                                                                                                              and watch holograms of cartoon sperm sprinting
                                                                                                                                                              to fertilize an egg. Climb inside a gigantic nose,
                                                                                                                                                              enjoy the smell of fresh hay, then feel the wind
                                                                                                                                                              blast on your neck when it sneezes. Walk across a
                                                                                                                                                              bouncy rubber tongue complete with taste buds
                                                                                                                                                              and realistic burping noises in the background.
                                                                                                                                                                 This all might sound weird or flat-out gross.
                                                                                                                                                              But the makers of ‘‘Corpus,’’ a new attraction in
                                                                                                                                                              the Netherlands, are hoping that a combination
                                                                                                                                                              amusement park and health education museum
                                                                                                                                                              will encourage kids to take better care of their
                                                                                                                                                              own bodies.
                                                                                                                                                                 Even before Corpus officially opened March 20
                                                                                                                                                              in Oegstgeest, 21 miles southeast of Amsterdam,
                                                                                                                                                              it was already a local landmark. The building in-
                                                                                                                                                              corporates a 115-foot high seated human figure
                                                                                                                                                              into its structure. But the roughhewn Corpus ex-
                                                                                                                                                              terior isn’t much to look at: all the detail is on the
                                                                                                                                                              inside.
                                                                                                                                                                 All the walls and halls are modeled with fiber-
                                                                                                                                                              glass to resemble the inside of a giant human
                                                                                                                                                              body, giving visitors the sensation of being
                                                                                                                                                              shrunk down to a tiny scale, like the characters of
                                                                                                                                                              the classic science fiction film ‘‘Fantastic Voy-
                                                                                                                                                              age.’’
                                                                                                                                                                 Visitors begin their tour via an escalator that
                                                                                                                                                              carries them through a wound in the giant fig-
                                                                                                                     News Journal/AMANDA CORTRIGHT            ure’s calf. Once inside, they see an exhibition on
                                                                                                                                                              what happens when a wood splinter pierces the
Hour long tours by canal are a unique way to see Amsterdam.                                                                                                   skin.



   AMSTERDAM: Tour
                                                                                                                                                                 Then it’s on to the sit-down ‘‘Uterus Theater.’’
                                                                                                                                                              That’s the one with the cartoon sperm race.
                                                                                                                                                                 ‘‘We chose not to show sexual activity, but ac-
                                                                                                                                                              tually just the fertilization of the egg cell by the
                                                                                                                                                              seed cell and how that develops’’ into a fetus, said
                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Tom Voute, one of a raft of physicians hired


city by walking, canal ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Associated Press
                                                                                                                                                              as advisers on the project.
                                                                                                                                                                 He said the information in Corpus is medically             The makers of ‘‘Corpus,’’ a new
                                                                                                                                                              accurate, if not always highly sophisticated.                 attraction in Amsterdam, Netherlands,
                                                                                                                                                                 ‘‘I think that it gives information that will give         are hoping that a combination
                                                                                                                                                              people the itch to learn more,’’ he said.                     amusement park and health education
    CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1G                                                                                  ‘‘Images of St. Petersburg’’ fol-                    When the show is over, the entire theater plat-
                                                                                                                                                              form is lifted to the next floor with hydraulic               museum will encourage kids to take
                                                                                                            lows through Aug. 24. 7 euros;
                                                                                                            www.hermitage.nl                                  pumps.                                                        better care of their own bodies.
  After reading through a few                                                                                                                                    Next is a display on digestion, featuring blocks
guidebooks and many Internet                                                                                                                                  of cheese, the Dutch national treat. After visitors
                                                                                                                     EATING ON THE CHEAP
sites about traveling to Amster-
dam, and now after having been
                                                                                                                                                              watch a video showing stomach acid dissolving                                    If You Go
                                                                                                               This is the one area we didn’t                 them, the curds’ progress through a hallway-size
there, I agree with the many re-                                                                            always stick with the ‘‘cheap’’                   intestinal system is charted with lights and nar-
                                                                                                                                                              ration.                                                      CORPUS: A museum attraction in
views that recommend just                                                                                   theme. But here are a few places
walking around for a day or so.                                                                                                                                  While the cheese is heading downward, visi-               Oegstgeest, Netherlands, about the human
                                                                                                            we enjoyed with our limited
                                                                                                                                                              tors progress up to exhibits on the heart, lungs,            body; corpus experience.nl. Open daily 9:30
   SIGHT-SEEING ON THE CHEAP                                                                                budget:                                           mouth, nose, and ear.                                        a.m. 5 p.m. Admission is $25.50 (under 14
                                                                                                            DE PRINS: Across the canal and                       Visitors reach the summit in — where else? —              years old, $21; children under 8 not
   The unique architecture is                                                                               about 100 yards north from the                    the brain, where they take seats around a cluster
different from almost anything                              The flower filled Keukenhof                                                                       of display panels built atop model neurons,                  permitted). Narration available in Dutch,
                                                                                                            Anne Frank House, this little
to which Americans are accus-                               in Lisse, Netherlands, is a                     bar featured great homemade                       which then project images onto a larger screen at            English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese,
tomed, and, with canals run-                                                                                food and a nice selection of                      the top of the domed space, to give an impression            Chinese.
ning throughout the city, it’s
                                                            popular spot for travelers.                                                                       of how consciousness might work.
                                                                                                            beers. Sit outside and people-
certainly an idyllic place for a                                                                                                                                 The project is the dream of businessman Henri             GETTING THERE: Located along the A44
                                                            of history, too. It’s for the nim-              watch or enjoy the dark, pub-
stroll. Just watch out for the                                                                                                                                Remmers, who arranged $31 million in private
                                                            ble; you will be climbing a few                 like atmosphere inside. Most                      funding and won the endorsement of the Dutch                 Highway between Amsterdam and The
bikes. Most locals and tourists                                                                             meal items are less than 7 euros.                                                                              Hague. Reached most easily by car. Trains
get around via bicycle — and                                steep stairs and passageways,                                                                     Health Ministry. The cost of entry is $25.50 for
                                                                                                            Find it at Prinsengracht 124.                     adults, $21 for children under 14. Children young-           available from the Leiden station in
they’re not afraid to ring their                            just as the Frank family did. 7.50
                                                            euros; open daily, hours vary,                  1e KLAS: Meaning ‘‘First Class,’’                 er than 8 are not permitted.                                 Amsterdam or The Hague Central station.
bell at you to get out of the way.                                                                                                                               On the way back down, there are more displays
                                                            closed on Yom Kippur; anne                      this eatery is inside the central                                                                              By bus, from Leiden, bus 57 to Lisse
   Here are a few places and ac-                                                                            train station just off one of the                 on health and diet and games — for instance one
tivities we enjoyed:                                        frank.nl.                                                                                         where players attempt to knock out bacteria on a             (Snellius stop), or from The Hague, bus 32
                                                                                                            platforms where you’d catch
VAN GOGH MUSEUM: Home to the                                CANAL CRUISE: Yes, they look                                                                      big screen display by tossing bean bags at them.             toward Katwijk (Transferium A44 stop).
                                                                                                            your train. What once was the
world’s largest collection of Van                           cheesy, but these hour-long city                                                                     Other machines let visitors monitor their
                                                                                                            first-class waiting room for pas-                 hearts while they exercise, or measure blood                                                 — Associated Press
Gogh’s works. You’ll recognize                              tours are truly a great way to see              sengers now is a pretty nice
                                                            the city and get off your feet for a                                                              pressure, heart rate and body mass index.
many of the paintings and get                                                                               place to eat in grand 1900s style.
some history, too. I think it’s a                           bit. 11 euros; boats are queued                 Most entrees range 8-14 euros.




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Accent
must-see. 10 euros; open daily,                             along canals throughout the                     Find it at platform 2B.
hours vary; vangoghmuseum.nl                                city, especially near the Rijks-
                                                                                                            SAMA SEBO: This Indonesian res-
                                                            museum and in front of the train
ANNE FRANK HOUSE: I was neutral                                                                             taurant is a great example of the
on visiting but was finally per-                            station, you can’t miss ’em.
                                                                                                            must-have rijsttafel (pro-                                                                                                           !"#$%&
suaded. And I’m glad I went as                              HERMITAGE MUSEUM: The grand                     nounced rice-taffel, meaning                                                                                                         '()*%+",,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  News-JournalOnline.com
this was one of the most uplift-                            Russian museum has developed                    ‘‘rice table’’). Order the rijstaffel                                                        !"#$%&(-".,/ 0"1*2#$(314#+2",(#+1(562#$()*%+",,(78"+1,
ing and hopeful places we vis-                              satellite museums all over the                  and you’ll be presented not only                                                                                                                                    0000711908
ited; the opposite reaction from                            world, which receive a new ex-                  with rice, but with 23 small
what I thought I’d have. You’ll                             hibit every six months. We saw                  plates of Indonesian treats to en-
see where the Frank family                                  ‘‘Persia: 30 Centuries of Art and               joy. You’ll hardly have room for
lived during their years hiding                             Culture.’’ Right now, the exhibit               a glass or water on the table. En-
from the Nazis, read excerpts                               is ‘‘Art Nouveau’’ through May                  trees are 14-21 euros, rijsttafel is
from Anne’s diary, and get a bit                            5, then a short exhibition called               26. Find it at P.C. Hoofstraat 27.
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