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Paige Long plays harpsichord and flute.
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-
‘‘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
life to small town during spring begin the flute through
my high school band pro-
gram at age 10, but I con-
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org the harpsichord. And nothing beats the sound
of Bach, played on the keyboard.’’
Amsterdam on the cheap? It can be done
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
back from Amsterdam, huh?’’ I so-
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we decided to do Amsterdam on the
Rooms were somewhat small
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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
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Lisse, Netherlands, you’ll likely be
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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.
The Daytona Beach News Journal TRAVEL/ARTS Sunday, April 6, 2008 3G
Dutch amusement park
explores the human body
By TOBY STERLING
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
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
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-
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.
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
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, $21 for children under 14. Children young- available from the Leiden station in
they’re not afraid to ring their just as the Frank family did. 7.50
euros; open daily, hours vary, 1e KLAS: Meaning ‘‘First Class,’’ er than 8 are not permitted. Amsterdam or The Hague Central station.
bell at you to get out of the way. On the way back down, there are more displays
closed on Yom Kippur; anne this eatery is inside the central By bus, from Leiden, bus 57 to Lisse
Here are a few places and ac- train station just off one of the on health and diet and games — for instance one
tivities we enjoyed: frank.nl. where players attempt to knock out bacteria on a (Snellius stop), or from The Hague, bus 32
platforms where you’d catch
VAN GOGH MUSEUM: Home to the CANAL CRUISE: Yes, they look big screen display by tossing bean bags at them. toward Katwijk (Transferium A44 stop).
your train. What once was the
world’s largest collection of Van cheesy, but these hour-long city Other machines let visitors monitor their
first-class waiting room for pas- hearts while they exercise, or measure blood — Associated Press
Gogh’s works. You’ll recognize tours are truly a great way to see sengers now is a pretty nice
the city and get off your feet for a pressure, heart rate and body mass index.
many of the paintings and get place to eat in grand 1900s style.
some history, too. I think it’s a bit. 11 euros; boats are queued Most entrees range 8-14 euros.
must-see. 10 euros; open daily, along canals throughout the Find it at platform 2B.
hours vary; vangoghmuseum.nl city, especially near the Rijks-
SAMA SEBO: This Indonesian res-
museum and in front of the train
ANNE FRANK HOUSE: I was neutral taurant is a great example of the
on visiting but was finally per- station, you can’t miss ’em.
must-have rijsttafel (pro- !"#$%&
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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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