Category Archives: Musical Theatre

No business

More and more things are being canceled and closed.

I was supposed to attend a dinner on March 31.  Nada.

I was scheduled to conduct the Fauré Requiem on Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral.  Plug pulled.

I was set to be adjudicating this weekend in Indiana.  Canceled.

I was contracted to conduct Easter Sunday services at Christ Church.  Not happening.  The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has urged all parishes to observe the eight weeks of no-gatherings.

I was to be on stage with Steely Dan and the Variety Children’s Chorus.  No go.  Canceled.

School shows are canceled.  Travel plans are canceled.  Concerts are canceled.

Instead, I stay indoors and connect with other through a computer screen or a smart phone.

From Messrs. Kander & Ebb:

Sometimes you’re happy
And sometimes you’re sad
But the world goes round
And sometimes you lose
Every nickel you had
But the world goes round
Sometimes you’re dreams get broken in pieces
But that doesn’t matter at all
Take it from me, there’s still going to be
A summer, a winter, a spring and a fall
And sometimes a friend starts treating you bad
But the world goes round
And sometimes your heart breaks
With a deafing sound
Somebody loses, and somebody wins
And one day it’s kicks
And it’s kicks in the shins
But the plant spins
And world goes round and round
Sometimes you’re happy and sometimes your sad
But the world goes round
And sometimes you lose
Every nickel you had
But the world goes round
Sometimes your dreams get broken in pieces
But that shouldn’t altar a thing
Take it from me, there’s till going to be
A summer, a winter, a fall and a spring
And sometimes a friend starts treating you bad
But the world goes round
And sometimes your heart breaks
With a deafing sound
Somebody loses, and somebody wins
And one day it’s kicks then it’s kicks in the shins
But the planet spins
And the world goes round
And round and round and round and round
The world goes round
And round
And round
And round

 

#TBT: last week

Thanks to my friend and colleague Jean Huber for capturing a bit of the cabaret show on video, and sharing it with me.

September Song, by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson, is a song I dared not sing until I was old enough, until I had lived and loved enough.

I have, so here it is.

And the concert review is posted!

https://kdhx.org/articles/cabaret/1940-review-dr-jeffrey-carter-charms-the-audience-with-songs-and-stories

Three weekends

Three weekends in a row . . . and one of my private voice students in a show.

I dashed after a Les Miz at Chaminade last week (already a long show!), so I didn’t get my photo with a wonderful Julia Hartweger, who played Eponine.

But here’s Alex Bollini after a tour-de-force performance as Billy Flynn in Chicago at SLU High:

And Ronan Ryan after his stop-the-show performance as Robert in Drowsy Chaperone at Parkway West:

I have tall students.

And my pride in them makes me taller too.

The week . . . and a big change

Friday —

Well, it’s been a week.

(Read that with a sigh and a whimper.)

My body called off after Circus Harmony closed.  I crashed hard on Monday, with mold allergy issues really getting the best of me.  Perseverance was the motto, but Monday night was a rugged and toss/turn sleep.

I stayed home and slept a good chunk of Tuesday, finally going to the office to teach a few lessons before returning home to go to bed early.

This was supposed to be the first normal week of the semester, and it has been in that I’ve seen all my Webster University voice students, most of my private students, taken all the meetings, powered through the to-do lists, and such.  But the allergies (wet weather, not dipping below freezing = mold) have held sway.

And the impeachment tribunal is just making me grumpy.  I know who in my estimation the traitors are.  And I just don’t understand a good 40% of this country.

Muny auditions are coming up, and for the Webster kids have already taken place.  That’s been the focus of lessons this week.

I booked this week a music-directing gig for next year.

Friday and Saturday are audition days at Webster.  We’ll see a dozen prospective new students before this weekend is over.  Audition days are always exciting, bringing promise of new faces and voices and a superior freshman class.

I wrote two songs this week!

Projects and events this past week:

  • continuing preparation for the NASM visit
  • academic program review
  • prepping and giving a NASM briefing to Webster students
  • the annual Arts & Education gala at the Chase
  • finishing a capital funding request
  • booking tickets for shows whilst in NYC in March (Company, Diana, Moulin Rouge)

The beard is now gone.  My face appreciates being clean-shaven. Mariele the Volvo is a delight!  And I paid bills this week, with a few shekels left over. Apparently some big football game is taking place Sunday evening?

And Great Britain Brexits today.  Good lord.


This announcement was posted Friday to faculty and staff in the Department of Music:

So, big changes are in the offing…..

2019 in pictures

And now abide (according to these photos):  family, faith, friends, travel, MUSIC, Circus Harmony, Variety, cooking, Auggie, the garden, and Webster University.  That pretty much sums it up.