Diary of a DC day

That’s D.C.  As in Washington.  Not DC.  As in Dr. Carter.

Nevertheless, DC enjoyed a sunny Saturday in D.C.

Up at dawn to prepare for the second and third installments of the NASM workshop.  I’m now a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Metro was running slowly on a Saturday morning, and I went the wrong direction on my transfer, so my 35-minute commute to the conference hotel took an hour.

Leaving the hotel for lunch, I decided first on a manicure, and then an Indian food buffet, all adjacent to the Woodley Park Metro stop.

Then the afternoon session was done early, so I headed to Eastern Market to shop the stalls and grab something for dinner.  While I could have purchased some knick-knacks and things for the walls, I didn’t.  I did, however, grab some steamed dumplings and a banana pudding.  And then after a nap at the hotel, had my dinner in my room.

Poking around on Capitol Hill, outside of the touristy area, is a balm after several days.

And then it was time to head to the Kennedy Center (via Metro and shuttle bus) to see the National Symphony Orchestra in their 12,775th official concert.  The program, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, featured the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto in a thrilling — electrifying, even — performance by Denis Kozhukin. Thirty-two years old.  Russian.  Impeccable technique.  But heart beyond his years.

I passed by Mr. Lincoln on the way back to the hotel.  I’ll see him tomorrow.

Time for a late-evening call with Yufei!

National Portrait Gallery

On a cold, dreary, rainy day in Washington, D.C., I grabbed a couple of hours at the National Portrait Gallery.

The famous Gilbert Stuart portrait.
I love that Norman Rockwell painted this!
If I were Bill Clinton, I’d be peeved about this one….
Wow.

In DC

I am in Washington, D.C. right now.

And on Thursday I spent hours at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The visiting was sobering . . . exhilarating . . . life-affirming . . . tear-inducing.

The Oprah special exhibition is fun!

An original audience chair from the Oprah Show set, complete with a box of tissue.

The core of the museum is a history of African Americans in this country.  Some photos:

One of the airplanes flown by the Tuskegee airmen.

“I change people’s lives”

27 July 1996.  An email to my parents, who were living abroad in Argentina.

Summer session at the community college has just ended.  The 1996 Atlanta Olympics were under way. 

Doctoral study was less than a month away.  And I was coming to terms with the enormous responsibility one assumes as a teacher.

My father had printed this email, which we found in his boxes of papers.  I’m glad to have it.

Circus Harmony

I’m delighted to announce that I am the new Music Director for Circus Harmony!

Our big public shows are in January.  I’ll be writing and arranging music for the band, and leading the band during the shows.

Circus Harmony has just been named the 2019 recipient of the Missouri Arts Council award for arts education.  I’m delighted to be joining this team!

Nov. 7, 2018 (St. Louis, MO) – The Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri have named Circus Harmony the recipient of the Missouri Arts Award for Arts Education! Circus Harmony is Missouri’s only social circus organization and also the state’s only complete circus school. They are internationally renowned for helping children defy gravity and other limitations. This is especially appropriate because the Missouri Arts Awards are meant to honor the state’s arts heroes and Circus Harmony’s students literally fly through the air like superheroes!


Since 1983, the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri have been honoring the people who make the arts happen. The annual Missouri Arts Awards celebrate people, organizations, and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. Honorees are selected by an independent panel in six categories: Arts Education, Arts Organization, Creative Community, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, and Philanthropy. 


The actual awards ceremony will be held in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Jefferson City on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm. It coincides with other activities that are sponsored that day by Missouri Citizens for the Arts’ Annual Citizens Day at the State Legislature. Do not be surprised if Circus Harmony’s Artistic/Executive Director, Jessica Hentoff, attends the awards wearing a sparkling cape!