Joseph II
American politician
Joseph II
Joseph Patrick Kennedy II is an American businessman, Democratic politician, and a member of the Kennedy family. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 8th congressional district of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1999. In 1979 he founded and, until election to the U.S. House, led Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit energy company; since 1999 he has continued to lead Citizens Energy. He was named after his uncle Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
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First Nighter: Kenneth Branagh in John Osborne's "The Entertainer," Kemp Powers's Thrilling "One Night in Miami...," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" Undone," "How to Hide a Lion" for Kids
Huffington Post - 4 months
London--Comparisons might be odious, but Kenneth Branagh invites them. Over several decades he's assumed classic roles associated with Laurence Olivier. His Henry V and Hamlet were unquestionably Olivier-worthy. Now, however, he's playing Archie Rice (for another two weeks) in John Osborne's The Entertainer, at the Garrick and as the conclusion to his Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company year. It could be argued that Archie Rice was the great performance of Olivier's later career. I'd certainly make that argument vigorously. As the aging music hall performer, Olivier--frequently at his best when playing a ham (watch him in Sleuth, for instance--pulled out every last stop. His Archie Rice was someone far past his prime, a prime that probably was not much of a prime anyway. His on-setting desperation was visible in the song-and-dance routine that began the play. Branagh starts with a deft tap routine executed in Neil Austin's hazy lighting and augmented by four dancing cuties. Im ...
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Met Opera: Levine Returns in Triumph in "Cosi Fan Tutte"
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The most thrilling moment in an evening full of thrills at the Metropolitan Opera's first performance of Cosi Fan Tutte last night came before a single note was played. James Levine sneaked into the pit for final adjustments to his special wheelchair, and no sooner was the familiar back of his head visible than the house burst into thunderous applause. When the spotlight found him and he swiveled his mechanized chair around to face the audience, shouts of "Bravo" cascaded down from all levels of the house and the entire audience and orchestra stood for an ovation that crescendoed and carried on for several minutes to welcome Levine back to the Met podium for the first time in over two years while he recovered from spinal cord surgery. The emotional tribute was no simple, sentimental gesture for a conductor's miraculous comeback from a serious injury. The Lincoln Center Met is essentially a house that Levine built. He conducted his first opera there in 1971 and has been principal con ...
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SF Symphony review: 'Beethoven Project' begins
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
SF Symphony review: 'Beethoven Project' begins The Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, which formed the centerpiece of Thursday's potent all-Beethoven concert by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, may be one of the most predictive pieces of musical juvenilia ever left by a great composer (Mahler's "Das Klagende Lied," which Thomas has long championed, is another). It bursts with melodies, harmonies and gestures that would recur throughout Beethoven's later works, and it also serves as a pointer back to earlier models, particularly those of Gluck and Mozart. [...] if the young composer was not yet able to corral all those resources into a completely persuasive dramatic shape - the Cantata drags in spots, as Beethoven overplays some of his most effective material - it's still remarkable to witness the assurance and precocity at work. Credulous viewers of "Amadeus" are apt to think of Emperor Joseph II as a philistine and a buffoon, but t ...
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Vienna For Gay Travelers
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
By Derek Brooks VIENNA, March 29 (Reuters) - Vienna's opulent Habsburg-era coffee houses, architecture, palaces, operas, and other cultural institutions give the city an air of imperial grandeur. Yet the Austrian capital with 1.7 million residents is not stuck in the past, regularly topping quality of life lists and hosting numerous large-scale gay events such as the Life Ball, Rainbow Parade, Rainbow Ball, and Identities Queer Film Festival. This month Vienna reviewed its gay and lesbian tourism strategy and is now promoting its music, culture and imperial history to LGBT travellers with money to spend. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in Vienna, once home to the likes of Sigmund Freud, Austrian author Arthur Schnitzler and Empress Elisabeth, known as Sisi to her family and friends. Friday 4:30 p.m. - Start with a visit to Sc ...
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John Corvino: D'Souza: The Real Problem
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Last week, the conservative luminary Dinesh D'Souza resigned as president of The King's College, a New York City evangelical school, after it was revealed that he brought his mistress to a Christian conference, apparently shared a room with her, and introduced her as his fiancée -- even though he was still married to his wife of 20 years. Andy Mills, chairman of the college's Board of Trustees told students, "God has a mighty future for Dinesh, but there are some things he has to go through first" -- which is evangelical-speak for "WTF was he thinking?!?" What bugs me about this story is not right-wing hypocrisy about sex (which is old news) or that sex leads smart people to do dumb things (even older news). It's that, by focusing on D'Souza's timing, commentators are ignoring the main double standard at work here. In the marriage-equality debate, Christian conservatives often talk about the sanctity of marriage, the Biblical definition of marriage, God's plan for mar ...
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Controversial Filmmaker Resigns As Head Of Christian College
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK — A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing film that condemns President Barack Obama says he resigned as president of an evangelical college in New York so it can move forward. Dinesh D'Souza posted the statement on his website after the board of The King's College announced his resignation Thursday. The evangelical magazine WORLD reported he was engaged to one woman while still married to another. He says leaving the college will allow him to address "personal matters." D'Souza directed the political documentary "2016: Obama's America." He says he and his wife have been separated since 2010. D'Souza took his fiancee to a Christian values conference last month in South Carolina. Organizers confronted him after concluding he shared a hotel room there with his fiancee. He insists they stayed in separate rooms. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. The conservative scholar behin ...
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Usher Opportunities for Amadeus - SecondStory Repertory
Bellevue Patch - almost 5 years
SecondStory is opening Amadeus on Friday and are hoping you will join in the excitement!   We have listed the ushering opportunities below. Please let us know when you are able to come and we will sign you up. Spots are filling quickly and we will answer requests in the order we receive them. We hope to see you at the show! April 6-29, 2012 Amadeus: Winner of a Tony Award for Best Play, the Academy Award for Best Film, and triumphant in recent revivals in the West End and on Broadway, Amadeus weaves a provocative tale of the confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a saga of breathtaking dramatic power. From the vantage point of an insane asylum, aging royal composer Salieri recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II. Salieri was incensed that God would bless so vulgar and obnoxious a young snipe as Mozart with divine genius. Why was Salieri -- so disciplined and so ...
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"Unterwegs beim Nachbarn": Ausg'steckt - Buschenschenken und ihre Geschichte - APA OTS (Pressemitteilung)
Google News - over 5 years
Vor mehr als 200 Jahren erließ Joseph II. das sogenannte Schenkhauspatent. Bis dahin war es nur dem Grundherrn erlaubt, Wein zu verkaufen. Das Patent war Ergebnis eines Streits zwischen slowenischen Bauern und ihrem italienischen Grundherrn
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A lost art: Supporting the arts - UNLV The Rebel Yell
Google News - over 5 years
From there Mozart moved onward to the court of Emperor Joseph II, and the rest is history. Without Colloredo's initial investment, Mozart would likely not have been able to support himself as a musician. He would have likely turned to other,
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Reliquie: Johannes Paul aus Wachs tourt durch Mexiko -
Google News - over 5 years
Der Papst war mit dem Aufgeklärten Absolutismus von Joseph II nicht so recht einverstanden und wollte da intervenieren. Bei der von Josef II verordneten Schließung SEHR vieler Klöster war das ja auch zum Teil verständlich
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Interpreting the Contrasts of Mozart - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Mozart didn't have time to write out the piano part before he gave the premiere with the young Italian violinist Regina Strinasacchi at a 1784 concert attended by Emperor Joseph II. It is said that the emperor, seeing a blank sheet of music on the
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Life with hope - The News Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Moore, who now lives at the ministry's House of Joseph II, its first residence for people with HIV/AIDS, recalled how sick and fearful she was when she moved in. "It didn't take me long to feel at home," she said, adding she is moving to Mother Teresa
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Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis - Musical Criticism
Google News - over 5 years
Originally built for about 6000 people by Emperor Joseph II, in 1941 the small garrison town Terezin was turned into a ghetto for Jews by the Nazis. They crammed in at least 60000 people at any given time. There were many musicians among the prisoners
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"Könnte mir vorstellen, den Beruf mit Familie zu leben" - Kleine Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
SCHÜLLER: Joseph II. könnte sich heute als Pastoraltheologe verkaufen lassen im Gegensatz zu vielen Bischöfen. Da kann ich wirklich emotionell werden. Es ist ja kein so kirchenferner Gedanke, Kirchen an die Menschen heranzurücken, Fußwege zu verkürzen,
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Aufklärung statt religiöser Verklärung -
Google News - over 5 years
Aber so wie nach der repressiven Herrschaft seiner Mutter Maria Theresia Kaiser Joseph II die neuen gesellschaftlichen Kräfte eines selbstbewussten Bürgertums aufgreifen konnte, so ermutigt das Beispiel zu der Erwartung, dass auch die erstarrten
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Bo Skovhus als Don Alfonso in "Così fan tutte" in Salzburg (Bild: Salzburger ... - Deutschlandradio
Google News - over 5 years
"Così fan tutte", eine vom römisch-deutschen Kaiser Joseph II. angeregte und in Auftrag gegebene Farce aus dem Jahr 1790, setzt ein Spiel der Verstellungen, Täuschungen und des doppelten Partnertauschs in Gang. Die Nachwelt empfand dies als frivol bzw
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CULTURED TRAVELER; In Europe, Five Libraries That Offer Respite From the Crowds
NYTimes - over 5 years
EUROPEAN cities are feet-on-the-pavement destinations, where many of us find ourselves trudging along familiar routes with hordes of tourists just like us. To take a break, we are likely to stop at the cafes and museum gardens already overcrowded with fellow travelers. But relief could be at hand, in the guise of cities’ libraries, which are
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph P. Kennedy II
  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, as CEO of Citizens Energy and related organizations, Kennedy was paid a total of $796,000 in compensation, and his wife was paid an additional $344,000 as Director of Marketing.
    More Details Hide Details Beginning in 2005, Citgo Petroleum Company (Citgo), a wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)—the Venezuelan state-owned oil company—has been the primary donor of heating oil to Citizens Energy. The Wall Street Journal and others criticized Citizens Energy for continuing its relationship with the Venezuelan government and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a harsh critic of the United States. In response, Kennedy and others have argued that it is hypocritical to criticize a non-profit organization for accepting oil from Venezuela while numerous other American businesses are profiting from robust trade with Venezuela and at a time when the U.S. government has cut low-income fuel assistance. In 2009, it was reported that in the previous two years, Citgo donated 83 million gallons of oil, which was used to provide heating assistance to an estimated 200,000 families a year in 23 states.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    With the death of his uncle U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy on August 25, 2009, Kennedy's name had been mentioned as a possible candidate for his uncle's seat representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate.
    More Details Hide Details In an Associated Press article, Democratic strategist Dan Payne said, "He wouldn't be human and he wouldn't be a Kennedy if he didn't give serious consideration to running for what is known as the 'Kennedy seat' in Massachusetts." However, Kennedy released a statement on September 7 explaining that he would not pursue the seat. The seat eventually went by appointment to Paul G. Kirk, and later by election to Republican Scott Brown.
  • 1999
    Age 46
    He served in the U.S. House for six terms, until January 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In his final speech on the U.S. House floor, Kennedy delivered "an impassioned plea for unity and forgiveness" in the midst of Congressional debate regarding the proposed articles of impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Throughout his career in the U.S. House, Kennedy served on the House Banking Committee, where he played an active role in the federal saving-and-loan bailout, credit-reporting reform, the overhaul of The Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 and financial modernization. Kennedy also served on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, passing legislation to strengthen the veterans' health-care system, to investigate the causes of Gulf War syndrome, and to provide medical treatment for veterans of the first Persian Gulf War. After leaving the U.S. House, Kennedy returned to Citizens Energy. (During Kennedy's terms in the U.S. House, it had been run by his brother Michael.) Citizens Energy pursues commercial ventures aimed at generating revenues that, in turn, are used to generate funds that could assist those in need in the U.S. and abroad. It grew to encompass seven separate companies, including one of the largest energy-conservation firms in the U.S. Citizens Energy became one of the U.S.'s first energy firms to move large volumes of natural gas to more than thirty states. As a precursor to market changes under electricity deregulation in the late 1990s, Citizens Energy was a pioneer in moving and marketing electrical power over the power grid.
  • 1998
    Age 45
    Kennedy was considered the front runner for the Massachusetts governorship in 1998, but revelations about his personal life led to a tumultuous fall in public opinion polling, and he decided against running.
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    In March 1998, following a year of family troubles that included the skiing death of his brother Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, he announced that he planned to retire from the U.S. House, citing "a new recognition of our own vulnerabilities and the vagaries of life".
    More Details Hide Details An editorial in The Boston Globe observed, "... Kennedy has remained steadfast in his political life to issues and constituencies no poll would have led him to: the poor, the homeless, disadvantaged children, and others swamped in the current tide of prosperity."
  • 1996
    Age 43
    The Boston Archdiocese initially granted Kennedy the annulment, which was discovered by Rauch only after the decision in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Sheila, who is an Episcopalian, wrote a book Shattered Faith: A Woman's Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annulling Her Marriage, explaining that she was opposed to the concept of annulment because it meant in Roman Catholic theology that the marriage had never actually existed, and claiming that the Kennedy family influence made it possible to unilaterally "cancel" a 12-year marriage. A tribunal decision in favor of annulment is automatically appealed, and the decision is not effective until a second, conforming, sentence is granted. Instead of allowing the appeal to take place in the United States, Rauch appealed directly to the Holy See. The original decision was overturned by the highest appellate tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Rota, in 2005. Rauch was not informed of the decision by the Boston Archdiocese until 2007. As the first decision was never confirmed, there was no time at which the Church declared the marriage to be null or gave Kennedy permission to remarry. Because the Rota was sitting as a second-instance appellate court, Kennedy could appeal the decision to another Rotal panel.
  • 1993
    Age 40
    Rauch refused to agree to the annulment, and Kennedy married Beth in a non-Catholic civil ceremony on October 23, 1993.
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    In 1993, Kennedy asked the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for an annulment of the marriage, feeling he was mentally incapable of entering into marriage at the time of his wedding.
    More Details Hide Details An annulment would give the marriage the status of never having existed and allow Kennedy to marry Anne Elizabeth "Beth" Kelly (born April 3, 1957)—his former staff member—in a Roman Catholic ceremony, as well as allow him to participate in other sacraments of the church, such as Holy Communion, not available to a divorced person who remarries.
    In 1993, a Boston Globe poll showed Kennedy within one percentage point of popular incumbent William Weld in a hypothetical gubernatorial matchup, prompting prominent state Democrats to try and recruit him for the race.
    More Details Hide Details Though no other Democrat was polling near Weld, Kennedy decided to forgo the race and remain in congress. Mark Roosevelt won the nomination and lost to Governor Weld by over 40 points.
  • 1991
    Age 38
    In 1991, Kennedy boycotted a speech to the U.S. Congress by the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II "in protest to the British occupation in northern Ireland".
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  • 1988
    Age 35
    He won re-election in 1988 (80%), 1990 (72%), 1992 (83%), 1994 (99%), and 1996 (84%).
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy's legislative efforts in U.S. House of Representatives included:
  • 1979
    Age 26
    On February 3, 1979, Kennedy married Sheila Brewster Rauch (born March 22, 1949), a daughter of banker Rudolph Stewart "Stew" Rauch, Jr., president then chairman of the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, and Frances Stuart Brewster. On October 4, 1980, the couple had twin sons, Matthew Rauch "Matt" Kennedy and Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy. They were legally divorced in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details His son Matthew had his first child. Matthew's child is the third of the "sixth-generation" of Kennedys. His son Joseph had his first child. Joseph's child is the fourth of the "sixth-generation" of Kennedys.
  • 1976
    Age 23
    Kennedy returned to school after the accident, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details In 1979, Kennedy founded Citizens Energy, a non-profit organization, to provide discounted heating oil to low-income families. (See Citizens Energy (since 1979) section below.) In 1986, incumbent Democrat and Speaker of the House Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr., who had held 8th Congressional district seat since 1953, announced his retirement.
  • 1973
    Age 20
    In August 1973, a Jeep he was driving overturned, fracturing one of his brother David Kennedy's vertebrae, and permanently paralyzing David's girlfriend, Pam Kelley.
    More Details Hide Details The police cited Kennedy with reckless driving and the judge temporarily suspended his driver's license. The Kennedy family paid for Kelley’s initial medical treatment and her continued care during the years following the accident.
    Kennedy resigned from his position in the program, and returned to Massachusetts in the summer of 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 19
    On February 22, 1972, Kennedy was on Lufthansa Flight 649 when it was hijacked.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after the inflight movie began during the 747's flight from New Delhi to Athens, five gunmen seized the jet and forced it to land at Aden International Airport, where all hostages were released on the following day.
    Kennedy attended the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, during 1972, but dropped out.
    More Details Hide Details After this he worked for several months as part of a federally funded program to combat and treat tuberculosis in the African American community in San Francisco, California. San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto personally praised Kennedy's work in the community.
  • 1971
    Age 18
    A restless, impulsive teenager, he left Milton Academy, a private, college preparatory school, in Milton, Massachusetts, before graduating from the Manter Hall School—also a private, college-preparatory school—in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1971.
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  • 1953
    Age 0
    Kennedy decided to run for the seat, which his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, had held from 1947 to 1953.
    More Details Hide Details The Democratic nomination was contested by a number of well-known Democrats including State Senator George Bachrach and State Representative Mel King. However, Kennedy garnered endorsements from The Boston Globe and the retiring O'Neill. Kennedy won the primary with 53%. He won the general election with 72% of the vote.
  • 1952
    Born on September 24, 1952.
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