Category Archives: Great Artists

Performances to attend

My fall performances-to-attend schedule is coming into focus, and I’ve purchased quite a few tickets in the past few days.

September 11 — our own jazz series

September 12 — South Pacific at Stages

September 13 — Curious Incident at Rep

September 15 — Harry Potter at SLSO

September 17 — Daniel Schene, piano, at Webster

September 18 — Paul DeMarinis Ensemble at Webster

September 24 — my own studio recital at Webster, and then a faculty recital that evening

September 25 — jazz series at Webster

September 29 — [title of show] at WebCo

September 30 — Lizzie at New Line

October 2 — Debby Lennon jazz concert at Webster

October 6 — Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in Chicago!

October 8 — Webster University Orchestra

October 9 — faculty recital at Webster

October 11 — The Bodyguard at the Fox

October 12 — Spring Awakening at Stray Dog

October 15 — two events at Webster

October 16 — Wind Ensemble at Webster

October 17 — faculty recital at Webster

October 18 — Muny Magic at the Sheldon

October 20 — Hamlet at the Rep

October 21 — The Wizard of Oz by Variety Club at the Touhill

October 22 — SLSO

October 30 — Webster University Chamber Singers pre-conference concert

I shan’t even think yet about November and December.

And there’s also five trips in October and November, which means I’m missing some other things here in town!


Barbara Cook

I’m seeing news reports of the death of Barbara Cook.

Cook is another of those starring lights that I never got to see in person.  I had tickets last year to her Off-Broadway engagement, but the show collapsed and never did make it to New World Stages.

My recordings of her performances at Carnegie Hall and in cabaret shows are some of my favorite discs.


My boss tells the story of seeing Miss Cook at the Schubert Theatre in the New Haven preview of She Loves Me.  He was on the fly rail, working while he was at Yale.  She stopped the show every night.  And he knew he was witnessing the birth of a star.

Rest in peace, Barbara Cook.  Your voice was one of the glories of this art that we love.