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Last two weeks

I am missing three shows, but this is the loot from the last two weeks.

Missing: Lightning Thief, Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and Big Apple Circus.

What a two weeks! Two operas at the Met. Circa from Australia as part of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. John Williams with the SLSO. My own voice student heading Brighton Beach Memoirs. And all these musicals, both in NYC and in STL . . . .

Fall Break NYC: heading home

I’m in the Centurion Lounge at Laguardia.  Peace and silence surrounds on a Sunday morning, which is apparently a very quiet time at LGA.  I shan’t complain.

Rain is coming down outdoors.  I can see the seagulls flapping about on the taxiways, and the expanse of Flushing Bay and the East River just beyond.  All is gray.  This is the right day to be leaving New York City.

But what an exceptional week this been.

I started my Fall Break with a meal with Jeff Allison, my beloved former student, now an Ensign in the US Navy, and in medical school.  That I evening I saw another now-former student, Jacob Flekier, in Brighton Beach Memoirs at New Jewish Theatre.  He and I shared a valedictory (benedictory?) dinner and some singing the next evening.  This brilliant and talented young man is poised to do some great things, and I am one proud teacher.

Monday was a full day at the office, then some fun singing with the increasingly crisp-sounding Variety Children’s Chorus. I had lunch with a college sophomore who is a delightful student, and a mentor to others.

Then NYC.  I packed in the activity this trip: two visits to the Metropolitan Opera, two Broadway shows, one Off-Broadway show, one developmental reading of a new show, two circus performances, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a visit to the Grolier Club, a visit to the Morgan Library.  Several fine meals.  Numerous subway rides, and a few bus rides.  So much walking.  Meals with dear friends, colleagues, former students who are now part of the fabric of my life.  And some time with my German friendship family student from Webster.

New shoes and luggage and some fun socks were the extent of my shopping.

The God-winks this trip were numerous.  Jessica Hentoff happened to be in town at the same time, thus the circus visits.  Malte Hansen happened to be in town, thus the German student time.  Spencer Jones and family were in town for the 29-hour-workshop of Corner of Bitter and Sweet, thus the breakfast with them and the industry reading.  Manon was in its final performances at the Met, and my cheering and braying was carried worldwide yesterday.  The weather has been perfect.  Autumn in Manhattan is a treat.

And as always, I’m ready to be home.

 

 

 

Fall Break NYC: Manon and such

Saturday.  What a delightful day!

10.30 a.m.  Brunch at The Smith with Audrey McHale (Webster BFA ’12, just returned from a year at Disney Tokyo) and Chase Thomaston (Webster BFA ’17, now on the industry side in NYC).  These two are cherished alums from my voice studio, and very dear people!

Then to the Metropolitan Opera for Manon.  Here’s the story:

I was in a box seat on the Grand Tier at the Met.  The $160 ticket was totally worth the experience.

But the Met is fraying a bit too:

Since today was a simulcast worldwide, we got a bit of a sense of an intermission feature, an interview with the prompter:

Here’s a view of the Met chandeliers on their pre-show ascent:

And after the opera, a very happy me:

Here’s the trailer from the Met website.

Fall Break NYC: Circus Day

[Headline photo: one lone leaf on a book in a vendor’s stall by Central Park.]
Thursday was Circus Day in Manhattan.

I started the day with a matinee performance of Big Apple Circus, in an audience filled mostly with children.  Loud children.  Shrill children.  And I loved it.

This poor guy in a circus uniform just wasn’t having it….

Lunch followed at Rustic Table, with Jessica the Circus Lady and her posse of friends, plus her son Keaton and his girlfriend.  My lunch of shredded chicken, harissa tahini, and such was a huge delight.

I bussed my way over to 60th and Madison Avenue, and took in the latest exhibition at the Grolier Club, one of my favorite out-of-the-way nerdy places in NYC.

And then I spent some time in Central Park.

On the way to the evening circus performance, I stopped by the Jo Malone shop (my wallet is groaning) at Columbus Circle, then headed on across 59th toward the Hudson River to see Keaton Hentoff performing in Australia’s contemporary Circa ensemble as part of the White Light Festival.  The show, En Masse, was simply stunning.

11, 922 steps on Thursday.  That’s my best day this week.

Updated NYC plans

My hotel is in the heart of K-Town, with Korean restaurants and dessert places all around.  Happy, am I.

Updated plans —

Tuesday.  The Morgan Library.  Dinner with my friendship family student from Webster.  Scotland, Pa., Off-Broadway.

Wednesday.  Workshop reading of Corner of Bitter & SweetHadestownTurandot at Metropolitan Opera.

Thursday.  Big Apple Circus.  Grolier Club.  En Masse, part of the White Lights Festival.

Friday.  The Met to view Islamic art and the new installation of musical instruments.  I’ve put in for the Moulin Rouge lottery.  Will see something!

Saturday.  Brunch with former students.  Manon at the Met.  And Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in the evening.

Headed to NYC

I’m away for a few days to NYC.

After several visits during sabbatical, this is my first trip to the city in seven months.

And on this packed visit:

  • Manon at the Metropolitan Opera
  • Hadestown
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Big Apple Circus
  • Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
  • En Masse (an Australian circus)
  • Spencer Jones’ workshop performance of Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • some museum visits
  • and two more shows yet to be decided

Wednesday is a three-show-day!

Me at Times Square.

 

NYC stories

Story #1.

There’s a certain kind of older lady in NYC.  She’s short, often slightly hunched.  Bright red lipstick.  Perfect coiffure.  Glasses one or two sizes too big for her face. Walks with a cane.  And always has by her side a minder — either an adult child, or a helper of some sort.

I love little old ladies like this.  They are indomitable.

And endemic on the East Side, especially adjacent to Central Park.

Story #2.

The taxi driver this morning tried to scam me.  I got in his cab.  “So you want the $45 flat rate to LaGuardia?”  I replied that there is now flat rate to LGA, and things escalated from there.  His actions were illegal.  I left his cab.  And I think the hotel bellman was in on the scam: fleece this guy, keep it off the meter, and split the money.

I ended up paying more than $45 for the trip, but I was in the cab legally, as a paying fare, with all rights.

Story #3.

American Airlines to Atlanta.  Gate announcement three times: “The door is closing.”  For a 6.25 a.m. flight, the door closes at 6.15 a.m.

At 6.16, a guy rushes up, not from the direction of the check-in hallway, but from elsewhere further down the terminal.  The door is closed.  He throws his cap, then a fit.  Police nearby intervene.

One minute later, a businessman of some sort arrives from the security check.  He is cordial and immediately booked standby on the next flight.

And at 6.24 a.m., yet another guy rushes up!

I don’t get it.  Oversleep?  OK.  But pushing the clock that much?  Foolish.  I’ll never know the reason, except that the first guy was in the airport already!

“The bestlaid schemes of mice and men oft go askew, and leave us with nothing but grief and pain for promised joy!”
~Robert Burns

 

Proud teacher

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.