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Love’s Labours

I attended this weekend a matinee of Love’s Labours Lost, presented by the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts.  Five of my Webster voice students were in the show.

This show was exhilarating, fun, catchy, life-affirming.  (The show was a musical, based on the eponymous Shakespeare play.)

My two seniors:

Jacob Flekier.

Ben Love.

I love these guys so much, and I’m so happy for their choices, their growth, their drive, and their balance.

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.

Monday in NYC

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:

Notice how the tall buildings do not cast a shadow north of Columbus Circle. That’s Central Park territory.

Happy Socks = happy man.

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:

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.

From the Library today, Jerome Robbins‘ Lincoln Center Honors award:

Yufei reminded me of why I love NYC so much:

International Thespian Festival

I am once again in Lincoln, Nebraska for a week of student engagement at the International Thespian Festival.

We started the journey on Sunday morning, arriving in Lincoln less than 8 hours later.

And then the crew from Webster enjoyed a steak dinner at Misty’s, across the street from our Embassy Suites hotel.

I’ll have photos and updates throughout the week!

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!

The last day

Today is the last day of summer vacation.

I return to the office tomorrow after four weeks away from my desk, and three weeks away from day-to-day schooling.

Yes, I’m ready to go back. But I’m also lamenting the loss of the the ease and freedom these last few weeks have brought!

J-Dog stopped by for a visit yesterday, since he is back in Illinois for a few weeks before returning to NYC.  We ate at Adam’s Smokehouse, then drove out I-44 and MO-100 to New Haven to visit Pinckney Bend Distillery.

And I must say: the hooch at this distillery beat anything I sampled in Portland.  Anything!

We also walked around to a glass-maker’s shop (where I bought a beautiful new glass vase that’s perfect in the living room, and a couple of glass ‘thumblers’ as a wedding present), and stopped by Röbbler Vineyard for a sampling there.

And then we went to his favorite local Mexican place.  J-Dog departed for home, but he’ll be back in a few days to join me at the Muny.

J-Dog, a 2012 graduate of Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts, has just finished a months-long stint as entertainer on a major cruise ship in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.  He’s a different guy than he was for four years as my voice student, and I couldn’t be more delighted for him!

And then the evening shift (and what a shift in tone and style it was!) — A Streetcar Named Desire at Union Avenue Opera.  This was J’s first opera.  I’m not certain this American tragedy by Tennessee Williams needed to be set to music, but I’m glad I saw it.

This morning = I sang at First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves.

And now, I must wash the car, finish some thing here at home, take a load of stuff to school, and prep for my return to a normal life.