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Ice day

Webster Univ Alerts

All Webster University St. Louis-area campuses are closed Fri., Jan. 13 due to weather.

That message on Thursday around 4 p.m. found me at Schnuck’s, buying the usual provisions: eggs, tonic water, cheese, meat. (Friday menu includes chili.)

I stopped by Opera rehearsal to help figure out how to manage today’s canceled rehearsals.

And then I came home.  Auggie got a long walk, since he likely won’t be getting one for 48 hours in this weather.

Even though Webster is closed today, and we have no official school activities, I’m still jet-lagged and so was up at 5 a.m.

By 6.30 a.m., some homemade bread was in the oven.  And by 8 I had fixed homemade latkes.


  • one Russet potato, grated
  • 1/3 white onion, grated or minced
  • one egg
  • enough floor to thicken a bit
  • freshly cracked salt and pepper
  • a healthy dash of cayenne or a bit of chili sauce

This makes three healthy portions.  Fry in oil over medium heat until lovely brown and crispy on both sides.  Top with sour cream.

Now 9 a.m.  Texting with folks around the world.  Listening to the new Ennio Morricone album. Here’s a reminder:

The fireplace is on.  Auggie is being attentive.  And a pile of schoolwork beckons.

[And a 9.40 a.m. addendum — the back stoop is iced over already with just the little spittle of rain we’ve received.  Rain and 26 degrees = a mess.]


2016 in pictures


Every year for the past few, Domenic Mendoza and I have taken our photo together at the annual Webster University holiday concert, A Gift to the City.

Dom couldn’t make the concert this year, but we met the next day for an alumnus lunch.

And took our photo:


How I love this guy, and the work he is doing for good and truth at Webster and in our corner of this broken world.

Here’s Dom in 2011 after the same concert.

Sneak peek

The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis in December mounts A Christmas Carol for the first time in 35 years.

I have the joy and privilege of serving as Music Director and Arranger for this new Rep production.

This means that I have chosen carols, arranged them as needed, and written incidental music and orchestral underscore and choral underlay as required.

And what fun I have had!

Here’s an incidental sound cue from Act One:

And other, with “God rest ye merry, Gentlemen” treated in the style of a little Bach: 

And here are a couple of photos from a recent rehearsal:


From the recording session . . . by Skype!

From the recording session . . . by Skype!