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Remember Me Thursday!

Today, we celebrate a global awareness to unite individuals and pet adoption organization around the world as an unstoppable voice for orphan pets to have a forever home and not be left alone in the cold, dark cages in the shelter.  This day is observed annually on September 26th.

There are many dogs and cats that need a home, waiting to be adopted in the shelter.  Most of them come from homes that simply cannot care for them anymore.  They don’t deserve to be abandon and be left behind just because we can’t care for them anymore, there is always someone out there who are willing to re-home these babies and give them a second chance of love.

We all know that adopting a pet is a life-changing decision for a person, but this is more for pets who are waiting for a new loving home and not be forgotten in the shelter.  Remember Me Thursdays encourages anyone who is willing to sacrifice, and adopt a pet from a shelter instead of aiming to buy an expensive breed of pet.

So, today, let us raise awareness and post on social media to encourage everyone out there that there are many adoptable pets waiting in the shelters and if you cannot adopt one, you can always volunteer a day to spend some time with those pets who are not able to make it for adoption.  Share on social media to raise awareness using #remembermethursday.

1957 Bernstein’s West Side Story opens

On September 26, 1957, West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein, opens at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. For the groundbreaking musical, Bernstein provided a propulsive and rhapsodic score that many celebrate as his greatest achievement as a composer. However, even without the triumph of West Side Story, Bernstein’s place in musical history was firmly established. In addition to his work as a composer, the “Renaissance man of music” excelled as a conductor, a concert pianist, and a teacher who brought classical music to the masses.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Russian-Jewish immigrants in 1918, Bernstein began piano lessons at his own insistence when he was 10. He immediately demonstrated an instinctive talent for music and by age 12 was studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. He studied piano and composition at Harvard but was encouraged by the American composer Aaron Copland and others to become a conductor after they observed Bernstein’s intuitive grasp of classical music and his unusual ability to play complex orchestral scores on the piano.

He studied conducting with Fritz Reiner and Serge Koussevitzky and in 1943 was hired as an assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic. In the history of the orchestra, no assistant had been called on to conduct, but on November 14 fate smiled on Bernstein when guest conductor Bruno Walter fell ill. The night before, Bernstein had heard a singer perform one of his compositions and then, in typical Bernstein fashion, had stayed up late drinking and playing piano at the post-recital party. With three hours of sleep, a hangover, and no rehearsal, Bernstein was asked to conduct a complex program of Schumann, Strauss, Rosza, and Wagner that was going to broadcast from Carnegie Hall across the nation by CBS radio. The concert was a sensational success, and The New York Times published a front-page article the next day announcing the arrival of a great new conducting talent.

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