My annual carol, this year for Advent:
Sunday, 8 December.
A full day.
Church. School work at my dining room table. Webster University Orchestra, Chamber Singers, and Parkway South Concert Choir in concert at Christ Church Cathedral. Advent Lessons & Carols at St. Peter’s, Ladue. Drinks and cabaret concert (The Skivvies!) at Blue Strawberry, with dear friends.
Home at 11.
Up at midnight with a tummy upset. Rough night. Alas.
Two selfies from yesterday:
I do believe with my whole heart that there exists a ‘driving purgatory.’ And that purgatory has a special place reserved for people who drive 55 miles per hour, hanging out in the center left lane on a four-lane freeway.
And for those who don’t signal when turning, a special puragatory.
And for those who frigging don’t know how to use the yield sign at I-64 and Kingshighway, eternal purgation!
The Circus Harmony music is all fitting together nicely. The director and producer stopped by my home on Monday evening (after I arrived home from Variety Chorus), and I played tunes for them from the cache of things I’ve been scribbling. I think we are all on the same chart now, and that makes me very happy. This is going to be a fun show to compose.
I ordered holiday gifts on Monday for my colleagues at work: their own individual copy of Mapping Your Academic Career. This book by Gary Burge was instrumental in awakening me to the career shifts and focuses that I see playing out in myself and others. I think it high time that my colleagues each have a copy.
The new computer at work is finally up and running.
Speaking of Variety, the holiday show is Thursday, December 12 at 7.30 p.m. at The Sheldon.
We ran all the music on Monday evening this week, and find that we have a ways to go with memorization. But these kids are brilliant, and we shall get there!
And this public service reminder:
From the Pittsburgh local newspaper:
Body language study, anyone?
Voces8 in a stunning arrangement of Fauré’s “Pie Jesu” from the Requiem.
And here’s a sound file of Concert Choir at Ball State, with me conducting:
The music is “In Flanders Field” by Paul Aitken.