My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.
Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.
But summer holiday is filled, as usual. I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research. Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.
The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends. I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!
But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .
From the Church of St. Konstandinos, Hyrda, Greece.
Esterhazy, Austria. The tomb of Haydn.
2005. On Nanjing Lu, the main shopping street, Shanghai.
At Exeter Cathedral, England.
JC outside the Estates Theatre, where Mozart conducted the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni. Prague 2009.
When I win the lottery this weekend (which I’m going to do), this New York City flat will be mine.
Three and a half weeks ago, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, crossing from Manhattan to Dumbo in Brooklyn.
From the Brooklyn Bridge:
From Dumbo, this view of the Manhattan Bridge:
And from Dumbo, the old railroad tracks on a side street:
Three weeks ago today, I visited the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.
A conference was taking place, and the guides were adamant that we take no photos in the General Assembly chamber.
Well, I paid for this tour, and dadgummit, I’m taking a photo:
On the entry plaza, the Knotted Gun sculpture:
I’m still flying high from the helicopter tour of NYC three weeks ago today. This shot of the World Trade Center at the southern tip of Manhattan, showing the footprint of the twin towers and the new One World Center, is a favorite.
But my favorite of the tour is:
See all the photos:
In the last two weeks, I’ve seen a few shows…..
NYC, oh how I love you!