Ben Love and Jacob Flekier performed their senior showcase in New York City this week. Both are voice students of mine at Webster University.
I’m so proud of these guys!
Photos from the showcase performance:
Also this trip: I caught up with Webster University Department of Music alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano, who is tearing it up on the opera and concert stage, including this week at the Metropolitan Opera.
A full day! 11,415 steps, according to the iPhone. That’s 3.6 miles of walking. I believe it, based on how my feet feel Monday evening.
Looking west from my hotel room window, morning and late afternoon:
And looking north on 8th Avenue:
Yufei and I had drinks at The Aviary at the Mandarin Hotel on Columbus Circle. And we had some incredibly good Iberico ham.
From my walk back to the hotel tonight:
Four theatre marquees in a row on 45th.
8th Ave across the street from my hotel.
I took Jennifer Johnson Cano to lunch on Monday, and also spent a couple of glorious hours at the New York City Public Library performing arts branch at Lincoln Center. Walking across Lincoln Center plaza with Jennifer felt like something out of a movie. And I had drinks and a nosh with my former student Jordan Parente Monday evening.
A morning lie-in. Check-in at choral rehearsal. New shoes. Tea with Jennifer Johnson Cano. Walk by the Dakota. Drink with Loo. Dinner and Amalie with Robert Riordan. Walk by the Wisconsin basketball team at the Westin. Get my watch fixed at SWATCH in Times Square.
Jennifer Johnson Cano’s recital last evening was truly a wonderful event. The Sheldon flattered her glorious voice. Her personality sparkled in a hometown concert. Korngold was ravishing, of course, but my favorites were the British songs. Vaughan Williams’ ‘Silent Noon’ has never been more lovely, or more heartfelt.
Here she is, with husband Christopher, at the final bow:
And now, with this concert produced and finished, I can finally think about the word ‘leave’ and what that means, since I was supposed to be on leave already!