May 17, 1992
As their habitats in the Andes mountains in South America have disappeared, some of the last specimens of rare cool-growing orchids are preserved at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.The conservatory recently opened to the public its collection of 2,800 Masdevallia and Dracula orchids, varieties that thrive in cool climates -- 70 degrees in the daytime and 50 degrees at night.Most of the orchids on display no longer exist in their native habitats, which include snowy mountainsides at 14,000 feet.
May 31, 2006
Jeffrey Sharkey, the No. 2 administrator at the Cleveland Institute of Music, has been named to the No. 1 post at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. The Delaware-born Sharkey will start work as Peabody director Oct. 1, succeeding Robert Sirota. Sirota resigned last June to become president of the Manhattan School of Music, where Sharkey earned his undergraduate degree. "Bob Sirota left the school in really good shape," Mark Katz, a Peabody faculty member who served on the search committee for a new director, said yesterday.
April 9, 2007
Michael Bromery sat alone, engulfed in a forest of green, alternately playing a Japanese melody called "Esaka" on his acoustic guitar and self-made bamboo flute against the sound of mini-waterfalls. "People come here to relax and for peace of mind," he said, referring to The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, which is hosting its annual Flower Show, a large display of brightly colored tulips and snow-white lilies, through Sunday. There are innumerable reasons why people find pleasure at the conservatory, which was built nearly 120 years ago, as illustrated yesterday by individuals, couples and families who leisurely made their way past thousands of plants and flowers.
July 15, 1992
The Peabody Court Hotel, the elegant Mount Vernon inn that is home to the celebrated Conservatory restaurant, has lost its chef in what might be called "the Great Squab Squabble."Michael Gettier, under whom the Conservatory became one of only two restaurants in Baltimore to earn a four-diamond rating from the American Automobile Association, was one of a half-dozen top managers who either quit or were fired in a bitter upheaval at the luxury hotel and restaurant last week.Mr. Gettier says the hotel's new management company told him the restaurant would switch from classic French cuisine to "midlevel" American cooking within two or three weeks.
April 13, 2003
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's latest frontier lies in a maze of small offices in a nondescript building. The walls mostly bear nothing, and the furniture is so new the desks almost sparkle in the harsh glare of fluorescent lighting. It's in this spare setting that a grand production is in the works. In just three months, the Singapore Conservatory of Music will be born -- and this will be its home. Building a conservatory is no insignificant endeavor by any means. But in this tiny Southeast Asian country that long has been regarded as little more than a strict city-state and economic titan in the region, the conservatory is viewed as more than just a school.
April 21, 2002
NEW YORK - Say that there happens to be this internationally famous campus in the city about which most New Yorkers are clueless. That it attracts doctoral students from all over the world, that it sends out scientists on exploratory missions across the planet and helps anchor global research on genomics, conservation and endangered species. And say that it happens to be in the Bronx. And that it's about to get a new $100 million state-of-the-art focal point to house one of the world's greatest collections of its kind.