## Patra Workshop to debut New York this September

Patra Workshop to debut in New York. Patra is the shorter name for Cleopatra. Queen of Egypt, she was one of the most famous women in history. Her full name was Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator (69 BC – 12 August 30 BC). She was the last of the Pharaohs set up in Egypt by Alexander the Great. By descent, she was a Macedonian Princess. It will appear off book in  the workshop. Our singers will literally be top notch.  My wife, Sharon is the librettist and a co-composer of Patra. . I, husband David, am also a composer. Before going to NY, it will have a staged concert presentation. This will be in  Sarasota Fl at the newly built Sarasota Westcoast Black Theater.  Our casts in both NY and Fla are busy rehearsing.  Here’s the gist:

Cleopatra had stopped the onslaught of two invading Roman generals through love. She thus neutralized the worst effects of their invasions by marrying the generals. Patra had children with each.  They were, first,  Julius Caesar and later Marc Antony.

### Patra Workshop

Enter Octavian, a third Roman invader. She almost stops his aggression through love. In order to save her children, she follows the way of the warrior: An honorable death. If she she married Octavian and moved to Rome, both her and her children would have been seen as a threat to the Roman triumvirate.  Our opera features Patra and Octavian’s encounter. In the opera she convinces him to become Augustus Caesar- 1st emperor of Rome   Later, as a result, he honors her by placing  a statue of her in the Temple of Venus in Rome. The statue was displayed exemplifying her as the good mother.

Patra has memorable melodies, Latin rhythms and most important – a gripping story. Sample our music on Patraopera.com.

PATRA News!!!
See PATRA in Sarasota before it goes to New York !!
Presented in Sarasota for One Night Only
Before heading to New York in September, our new opera PATRA will be presented as a concert reading in Sarasota. The complete opera will be presented on Fri. July 19 at the new Westcoast Black Theatre at 6:30 pm.

### The New York Workshop

PATRA has been selected for a fully-staged professional workshop in upstate New York at the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake. The American Center for New Works Development at Seagle has work shopped pieces by many award-winning writers like Stephen Schwartz, Mark Adamo, Kevin Putts and more.

### Patra Workshop – the Story

PATRA is loosely based on Cleopatra’s final days.  When the villainous Octavian dangles a marriage proposal before Cleopatra, she hopes to secure a future for herself and her children. Yet, things do not go as he planned. Cleopatra’s love challenges Octavian and transforms him into a new man.  PATRA has five singing roles. Our great Sarasota cast is listed below.
Writer, co-composer, librettist states: “When I began the eleven month rewrite of our more tragic Octavian & Cleopatra, I wanted to lighten the work and give it a popular bent.  I cut two singing roles and added a dancer.  Then, I infused comedy, lively dance rhythms, a small amount of spoken dialogue and a surprise at every turn.  Most of all, I showcased the singer.  I did something rather unusual in any musical or opera I created numerous dramatic moments where the instrumental accompaniment is silent. Only singing voices are heard.”
PATRA  is an opera comique:  It uses techniques from  Bizet’s Carmen and  Bernstein’s  The West Side Story. .

### Music Prolongs Life of Rubinoff and His Violin – DSO Works

dsoworks.com/all-posts/music-prolongs-life/

## Traditional Employment Includes Types of People and Places

Traditional Employment includes types of people and places.  Any new year is a time for reflection: What happened or didn’t happen last year? What might happen this year? Since this new year  (2019) is about to begin, I thought I’d reflect on previous jobs. I seem to have a predilection for working with: (1) Successful older people. (2) Spectacular older places.   By traditional I refer to: (1) Great places built over 100 years ago. Or, (2) Successful men who, at the time,  were old enough to be my grandfather or possibly great-grandfather at the time of employment.

### Traditional Employment by Rubinoff and His Violin

I learned the musical craft of arranging and accompanying from Rubinoff. He conducted the Paramount Theater in New York and Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. What a perfectionist!  After working for 8 hours during the day, at night he’d change his mind. The next day we did a different 16 bars.  Dave’s Stradivarius violin was purchased for $100,000.00 in 1929. He made about$500,000.00 annually in the 1930′ by conducting and performing. It seemed like the “His Violin” was his marriage contract with music.

### Traditional Employment at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House

For better than 15 summer seasons I played piano for shows at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, New York. The resort was born in 1869. What a wonderful time our family had.  Our children literally grew up in the Catskills at Scott’s.   Playing many shows as well as our own  (with wife, Sharon) were part of my duties. Most recently, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselle got to experience the same resort.

To the right, Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for best actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, speaks in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP)

### Is Traditional Employment Also in our Future?

My wife and I wrote a new opera comique entitled Patra. It certainly is quite traditional. Our models were Bizet’s Carmen and Bernstein’s West Side Story. We will have a full production workshop in New York at Schroon Lake scheduled for September 2019. This will be with the Seagle Music Colony. The Colony is under the artistic direction of Darren Woods and The American Center for New Works Development. Schroon Lake has quite a cultural history. Here is an internal link to this Schroon Lake’s glorious past. It inspired me to write a poem. Share if you wish.

### Conclusion

What’s the best way to acquire rewarding and long term employment?

1. Work hard at mastery of your talent or craft.
2. Then, work with a well establish person, group of people or company.
3. Happy New Year!

## Central Pillar and the 3 x 3 Number Square

Central Pillar and the 3 x 3 Number Square. In the featured picture the corner numbers on the Lo shu are 4,9,3 and 5. Remaining 5 remaining numbers are called the gnomon. These five are 2,7,6,1, and 8. There are three more possible corner/gnomon arrangements. That can be a subject for future blogs. The Tree of Life uses this one arrangement on the central pillar: The upper left corner v. its gnomon. Here are some instructions on how to read and compare the two systems. A vanished civilization knew what you are about to read. They enjoyed a Golden Age until they succumbed to a worldwide cataclysm. Certainly, Plato’s account of Atlantis fits this description. Allusions to this lost culture are found in the survival of ancient measurements. Below are a couple of my internal links.

## Tens: Here’s the Formula on How Tens Grow into Infinity

### Central Pillar and its Link to the 3 x 3 Number Square

First, what is a number square? It is found in recreational mathematics and combinatorial design. A magic square[1]  filled with distinct positive integers in the range . Each cell contains a different integer. The integers in each row, column and diagonal are equal.[2] Now to compare the two systems:

• On the number square, multiply the numbers of the upper  left corner: 4 x 5 x 9 x 3 = 540.
• Multiply the gnomon numbers: 2 x 7 x 6 x 1 x 8 = 672.

Next, look at the central pillar on the Tree of Life:

• Multiply the Central numbers of the four emanations (circles):1 x 6 x 9 x 10 = 540. This duplicates 540  product of the upper left corner of the number square.
• Take the central pillar numbers again. Add them: 1 + 6 + 9 + 10 = 26. Square 26 as 26² = 676. This is not the 672 gnomon product above. However, by rules of gematria, one can be added to each word or factor, in this case- circle, without essentially altering its meaning. We have 4 circles on the central pillar. Thus 672 + 4 = 676. We have congruence again. Gematria is explained in great depth by my favorite author, John Michell. His books are extremely rare and difficult to come by.

## Ageless Teacher Pianist Mischa Kottler

Ageless Teacher Pianist Mischa Kottler. Great men, like great wines, improve with age. Mischa, at the time of this picture was 88. He stayed active until age 94. What kept him going? Passion for the piano. As a teacher, he had a slew full of piano competition winners on his record. Even rock n’ roll benefited from his total mastery of the instrument. Gregory Arthur “Greg” Phillinganes (born May 12, 1956) is an American keyboardistsinger-songwriter, and musical director based in Los Angeles, California.   A prolific session musician, Phillinganes has contributed keyboard tracks to numerous albums. These included representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has toured with notable artists, such as Stevie WonderEric ClaptonDavid Gilmour and Toto, served as musical director for Michael Jackson, and has released two solo studio albums.

#### From Greg Philliganes’ interview in Keyboard Magazine and his Quote of Mischa Kottler

“Sensing that I needed discipline more than anything else, my Mom managed to hook me up with a wonderful teacher named Mischa Kottler.  He was a no-nonsense Russian Jewish guy who could crack a pane of glass with one finger. He was a complete badass, and he cooled my attitude out immediately. I studied with him well into my teens.

### Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aziJb4KAcwA
Dec 28, 2013 – Uploaded by Joseph Beels

### Ageless Teacher Pianist Visits My Family

Primarily as result of having studied with my ageless teacher pianist Mischa, I too have had a successful and long lasting career. I’ve just begun my 10th year at the Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. There, I play piano for VIP’s from around the world. The most memorable person I played for was former President George H. Bush. Below is an internal link to this event from DSOworks. Also, Sharon Ohrenstein, my wife, and I are bringing a full workshop to the NY stage this coming September. Our original “opera comique” is entitled “Patra”. Look under the “stage” heading on DSOworks.com. We will be working with an incredibly, wonderful, creative team.  Workshop will be sponsored by: The American Center for New Works Development.

## Three Square Code Structures Stonehenge

Three Square Code Structures Stonehenge. Life often offers us the polarity of opposites. Something stands in opposition to something else.

This tiny number square gives rise to the pillar arrangement at Stonehenge. It was used in countless ways by ancient historic and even prehistoric civilizations. Currently we are entering a new age. It will be marked by peace and plenty. This is also known as a Golden Age. The same arrangement that formed the Palestinian cubit and the Egyptian cubit also structured the pillar arrangement at Stonehenge. Some information I quote from my own internal link below:

## Two Ancient Reads From One Number Set

Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān explains how this number square was divided into various corners and gnomons. I show how the dotted points below were the options that were used for the appropriate Egyptian and Palestinian cubits. It was also used for builiding Stonehenge.

• Multiply the 4 corner numbers: 5 x 7 x 1 x 6 = 210. The Palestinian cubit is 2.107 feet.
• Multiply the remaining five numbers which are called the gnomon: 8 x 3 x 4 x 9 x 2 = 1728. The larger Egyptian cubit is 1.728 feet.

First we must see who gave rise to realizing this division of the square three code in the particular manner that I will present. Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān (Arabicجابر بن حیان‎‎, Persianجابر بن حیان‎‎, often given the nisbahs al-Bariqi, al-Azdi, al-Kufi, al-Tusi or al-Sufi; fl. c. 721 – c. 815),[6] also known by the Latinization Geber, was a polymath: a chemist and alchemistastronomer and astrologerengineergeographerphilosopherphysicist, and pharmacist and physician. Born and educated in Tus, he later traveled to Kufa. He has been described as the father of early chemistry.[7][8][9]

15th-century European portrait of “Geber”, Codici Ashburnhamiani 1166, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

### Three Square Code Uses Lower Right Corner and its Gnomon for Stonehenge

Numbers in a row are called a sequence. Sequence is also used in music and dance. Stonehenge uses 5,6,7, and 8:

• 5 x 6 = 30. This numbers  inner stone circles.
• 7 x 8 = 56. This numbers the outer holes.

Plan of the central stone structure.  The stones were dressed and fashioned with mortise and tenon joints before 30 were erected as a 108-foot (33 m) diameter circle of standing stones, with a ring of 30 lintel stones resting on top.

For fun, add 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 26.  Now, let’s look at the two products and one sum we created from consecutive numbers 5,6,7 and 8: They are 30, 56 and 26. Any beginning student of chemistry knows these numbers define the most stable isotope of iron: (1) 30 neutrons. (2) atomic number 56 (3) Finally 56  – 30 = 26.  That is the atomic number of iron. Why is this important? Iron is the ash of nuclear fusion on stars. When enough iron is at the star’s core, it explodes. This creates all the heavier elements than iron.

Here’s the big question: Does Stonehenge represent the cosmic stellar process of creation? Was this known in the distant past? Or, is this just another numerical co-incidence?

## Plus one factor shared by Geometry and Math

Plus one factor shared by Geometry and Math. This post applies to all of the prominent ancient number squares. For various reasons, they are also called magic squares. What characterizes  these squares of numbers? In recreational mathematics and combinatorial design, a magic square[1] is a {\displaystyle n\times n} square grid (where n is the number of cells on each side) filled with distinct positive integers in the range {\displaystyle 1,2,…,n^{2}}

• Each cell contains a different integer.
• The sum of the integers in each row, column and diagonal is equal.[2]

### So Where is the Plus One Factor?

The plus one in number squares is one thing above and beyond  obvious definition on the number square. Let’s look at the application in geometry first. The 3 by 3 number square is the smallest that can be constructed. It has 2 parallel lines that intersect two more parallel lines.  Thus, 3 x 3 columns of vertical and horizontal numbers, are set on a 2 x 2 set of horizontal and vertical lines.  Note:  By custom, these parallel lines are not encased by a square. Surrounding these nine numbers by a square would then create 4 x 4 parallel lines. In a way, this hides the true nature of the number square in consideration.  Number square perimeters  should be left open ended as in the featured picture. I must confess, some of my earlier number square pictures are encased.

Here is the  mathematical plus one factor: This number square contains the numbers 1 to 9. Any straight row of three totals 15. Opposite numbers total ten. Hence, the following sets of numbers total 10: 4 + 6; 3 + 7; 8 + 2; and 9 + 1. The plus one factor becomes the total of the opposite numbers- 10. Ten is above and beyond the nine. It is not even notated on the prime number square; being invisible, like the Deity. So how does this apply in religious antiquity?

### The 1st of the 10 Commandments is the Plus One Factor

The 10 Commandments are thus modeled on the 3 x 3 number square. The 1st commandment is actually not a commandment. It is a statement of the presence of the Deity who is above and beyond everything. He is invisible, like the number 10.  Compare it to the “colel” in numbers. That’s why in the 10 Commandments it becomes a statement as opposed the apparent nature of the other nine numbers.