For the next twelve weeks, I’m posting weekly a memory of a concert I attended in the late 80s or early 90s. Most of these were on the Harriman-Jewell Concert Series in Kansas City.
June Anderson made her American recital debut in Kansas City in 1991. I was there.
Rosiland Elias has died.
I last saw her in the Broadway revival of Follies in 2011.
And she was the stage director for my professional singing debut in the chorus of Carmen at the Lyric Opera in Kansas City more than 30 years ago.
Rest well, beloved soprano.
Michel Legrand, one of my favorite composers, has died.
From the New York Times article, some sage advice for all of us:
On the occasion of a 2010 concert at Olympia Hall in Paris, Mr. Legrand was asked by French radio whether any of his dreams had gone unfulfilled.
“Off the top of my head,” he said, “I regret that I didn’t learn more languages, visit certain countries and listen to music that I don’t yet know about. In other words, there’s a whole cultural process that it’s been difficult for me to undertake because I’ve written a lot, worked, traveled, played around. So I haven’t had time to read some of the extraordinary books that I still think about.”
Legrand’s comments are a reminder for the rest of my own days.