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Performances to attend

My fall performances-to-attend schedule is coming into focus, and I’ve purchased quite a few tickets in the past few days.

September 11 — our own jazz series

September 12 — South Pacific at Stages

September 13 — Curious Incident at Rep

September 15 — Harry Potter at SLSO

September 17 — Daniel Schene, piano, at Webster

September 18 — Paul DeMarinis Ensemble at Webster

September 24 — my own studio recital at Webster, and then a faculty recital that evening

September 25 — jazz series at Webster

September 29 — [title of show] at WebCo

September 30 — Lizzie at New Line

October 2 — Debby Lennon jazz concert at Webster

October 6 — Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in Chicago!

October 8 — Webster University Orchestra

October 9 — faculty recital at Webster

October 11 — The Bodyguard at the Fox

October 12 — Spring Awakening at Stray Dog

October 15 — two events at Webster

October 16 — Wind Ensemble at Webster

October 17 — faculty recital at Webster

October 18 — Muny Magic at the Sheldon

October 20 — Hamlet at the Rep

October 21 — The Wizard of Oz by Variety Club at the Touhill

October 22 — SLSO

October 30 — Webster University Chamber Singers pre-conference concert

I shan’t even think yet about November and December.

And there’s also five trips in October and November, which means I’m missing some other things here in town!

At convention

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On I-70 today, heading west toward the middle of Missouri.

I have arrived in Lake Ozark, Missouri, to attend the 76th annual meeting of the Missouri Music Educators Association.

I first attended MMEA in 8th grade when the Black and Gold Singers from Pleasant Lea Junior High sang at the old Ramada Inn in Jefferson City.

This year, I am introducing the Webster University Chamber Singers tomorrow evening on the university night concert program.

What a strange and wonderful road this journey over nearly four decades has been!

Tonight I treated the Chamber Singers to dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.  And a good time was had by all.

Gravy & such

My colleague and former student Joe P just posted that he is goingto miss these mornings of 9 a.m. wak-up and drinking coffee whilst watching the Australian Open.  He’s a college professor in Kansas, and he goes back to work tomorrow.

Well I had a whole four months of that kind of life, and I’m glad to be back at work.  But I must say that waking up at 9 yesterday was a balm, and that catching an early service today and then having the rest of this day free is a joy too.

imageI got back in my pjs when I returned home, then fried up some bacon.  Two leftover homemade biscuits from yesterday cried out for attention, so I made a quick sage and thyme gravy with some of the bacon drippings, a cup of milk, and a bit of flour.  Biscuits & gravy with crispy bacon = a perfect breakfast.

On the agenda today, in the midst of doing some recordings for students of accompaniments, and of working on the operetta project, is a good old-fashioned oven-braised pot roast.  And homemade bread, now in its first rise (I hope).  My bread on New Year’s Eve didn’t want to cooperate . . . .

Last evening I dined with a couple of friends, then went to Opera Scenes at Webster University, watching two dozen Webster students in five scenes from 300 years of operatic history.  And then I came home and watched a television special about cheese-making!  This was indeed a delightful evening.

This is convention week.  I have tomorrow ‘off,’ which means I don’t teach, but I’ll be doing school stuff quite a bit.  Monday evening is the A&E annual gala; Tuesday evening, the Webster University Chamber Singers home concert prior to MMEA.  I leave for MMEA on Wednesday afternoon, returning Saturday.  Webster University Chamber Singers perform on Thursday evening.