The transit day was an easy one in blessed sunshine and on relatively uncrowded highways.
I set out from campus around 11.20 a.m., stopping for lunch in Wentzville.
Along the way today I listened to the latest edition of Forbidden Broadway, wherein Alessandrini gleefully, wittily, sassily, and sometimes quite funnily skewers the latest season of Broadway hits and flops, including a truly funny Les Miz sequence, some fun with Rocky and with Bridges of Madison County, and the like. I enjoyed it immensely.
I also listened today to the late, great Leonard Bernsteins’ recording of his own quasi-opera, Candide — this authorized, ‘final’ version recorded in 1989, just two years prior to his death. The late Jerry Hadley sings Candide, with June Anderson taking on the Cunegonde role. Adolph Green plays Voltaire, Nicolai Gedda (in sumptuous and splendid voice at age 64) the Governor and other roles, and Christa Ludwig as the Old Lady (singing brilliantly, just a half-decade before her own retirement). This recording is sonically stupendous (Abbey Road Studio 1), and filled the drive most well today.
Arriving at Tan-Tar-A for the Missouri Music Educators Association annual convention, I set up the booth, glad-handed a bit, checked in and received my credentials, and 90 minutes later left.
To shop a bit. And to get a manicure.
My usual first-night-at-MMEA dinner at the somewhat-Mexican place was yummy and over-filling.
And here we are at another state conference! I’m here with two of my colleagues. Two others are at Illinois MEA this weekend as well. And the boss is off to a recruiting trip himself. ‘Tis the season. Come Thursday morning, I’ll be swimming in prospectives students, colleagues, and teachers from around the state.