November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018

Today marks 65 years since the death of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. The mystery of the cause of his death remains unsolved but the consensus is that alcohol played the major part.

Dylan Thomas had celebrated his 39thbirthday 13 days before, on October 27th, 1953.

Although exceedingly short, his professional career brought him the fame (but little fortune) that only a few poets achieve after their deaths and even more rarely during their lifetimes.

Some of his success as a poet can be attributed to his flamboyant personality and some to his appeal to literary bright lights — especially women. But, the bulk of his popularity is a result of the stunning command of his medium — the English language flavored by the lyricism of his Welsh background and his unmistakable knowledge of human experience.

Poet, playwright and storyteller, Dylan found the way to touch our hearts.

NOVA Center for the Performing Arts will host a reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” on December 9th.

 

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Cennen Pedr Cyntaf

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Yr arwydd cyntaf o’r Gwanwyn / The first sign of spring

Maent wedi bod yn ymdrechu i flodeuo ers wythnosau ond dyma nhw o’r diwedd!

They have been struggling to blossom for weeks but here they are at last!

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Ar y Diwrnodau Hyn yn Ebrill*

480px-Portmeirion_view_of_central_plaza*On These Days in April

1st

1401AD – Conway Castle surrendered to Owain Glyndwr (the Glendower of Shakespeare’s Henry IV fame).

1847AD – ‘Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the State of Education in Wales’ was published—the controversial “Treason of the Blue Books”.

2nd

1795AD – Local magistrates requested troops to quell the Denbigh Riot.

3rd

1923AD – John Ormond, poet and documentary film-maker born in Swansea

4th

1989AD – Welsh used for the first time in swearing in the Queen’s Council at the House of Lords

5th

1891AD – The first language census showed the number of Welsh-speaking people in Wales over the age of three was 898,000.

Prisoner_sm1926AD – Portmeirion (famed 1967 film set of The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan) opened to the public. Designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, the picturesque village is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year but is swarming with “Prisoner Fans” during the weekend closest to the 5th of April.

6th

1835AD – Edward Morgan hanged at Monmouth for a “Scotch Cattle”** murder at Bedwellty.

1896AD – Snowdon Mountain Railway opened—one person died in an accident on the first day.

7th

1920AD – First Archbishop of Wales elected at Llandrindod Wells—Alfred George Edwards, Bishop of St. Asaph.

**Scotch Cattle was the name taken by bands of coal miners in 19th century South Wales, analogous to the Molly Maguires in Pennsylvania, who, in disguise, would 440px-Angus_cattle_24visit the homes of other local miners who were working during a strike or cooperating with employers against the local mining community in other ways and punish them by ransacking their property or attacking them physically.

Source: Wikipedia

Interesting to note: in Pennsylvania, the Molly Maquires attacked their Welsh co-workers who were often overseers and foremen because of their mining expertise.

Source for Dates: The Yearbook of Welsh Dates, John May, John Perry Press, 1989

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Press Release: Rimrock Opera Foundation

First Welsh Opera performed in May 1878

PRESS RELEASE: January 2018

In May/June of 2019, NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, in a co-production with Rimrock Opera Foundation in Billings, Montana, USA, will perform Joseph Parry’sBlodwen (the first Welsh opera) – yn Gymraeg! [in Welsh], with English supertitles. Tickets will go on sale in September 2018 – seating is limited so the early bird …http://www.novabillings.org
 
This will be the first complete stage production of Blodwen in America and will use Dulais Rhys’s 2015 chamber version of the orchestration. For more information:http://dulaisrhysmusicservices.com/blodwen.htm
Feel free to forward this Press Release to any interested parties.

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant 2017

Happy St. David’s Day to you all!

Some exciting news to celebrate:

Although the Welsh Rugby team is struggling in this year’s Six Nations…the Welsh in America are winning! For instance:

NEWSFLASH! Rimrock Opera Company in America will perform Joseph Parry’s Blodwen (the first Welsh opera) –in #Welsh!– in the Spring of 2019

The National Welsh America Foundation has changed its name but is continuing its work under another.

However, the Facebook page, set up by a Welsh fan will be carrying on to bring news about the Welsh (in America and in Wales).  That new page is on Facebook: Welsh-American News: Cymru in US and the link is: https://www.facebook.com/WelshAmericanNewsCymruInUS/

Enjoy and as Dewi Sant is known to have said:

“Gwnewch y pethau bychan. (Do the little things.)”

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