Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
After a hiatus of about 7 years, musicals with a professional orchestra will once more be heard in that grand hall thanks to Bill Shaw and the San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre.
I have played many, many shows in this pit: It was wonderful to see conductor Richard Allen (left) and director Bill Shaw (right) at rehearsal today: I am so glad to be in "Siam" this week.
I love my job.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I got out in the garden for the first time in weeks this morning.
We had planted some sunflower seeds in peat pots a few weeks back.
I planted them outside.
I've never had much luck with seeds.
I think the neglect factor does them in.
I'll let you know if this batch survives.
Meanwhile, take time to smell the roses...
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
One more day of lessons, a graduate recital, and some juries and I'm done being a flute professor until September.
I think we're all in agreement. It's time for a break.
I'll miss my students, but not the commute.
We've all earned many naps.
Hmmm, maybe I'll start right now.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Nathan is the band and orchestra director.
He is an APU grad currently working on his Masters:
Stephanie always sounds great:
Jane is ready to go:
I'm still a little hazy from last week's work:
We've got a few more road shows coming up.
I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Here is where I did my FlutePraying:
Notice the condition of the stage.
This was after the crew spent over 2 hours wiping it down.
This was what the steps to the stage looked like when I arrived:
The excellent crew labored hard to get them cleaned up:
I've never been in fancier port-a-potties:
The stage covering was still so wet that there was fear of dripping on the instruments:
We were all given towels.
I never had to use mine:
This is the view of the altar from stage left:
The green branches to the right of the drum are what burned:
My next stop was in Long Beach:
It was back to the car park for the final opera performance of this run. Here's my work space: The crew worked hard to set this up:
My dear brother Ken was able to attend:
Who knew a parking garage could look so cool:
Here are my instruments at the ready:
I have tomorrow off.
I'm going to sleep until Monday.
Next up: The King and I
I'll keep you posted.
Friday, April 20, 2007
We spent the rehearsal adjusting to the acoustics of our latest opera venue.
I like my new parking place:
An added perk is that I was home 10 minutes after the rehearsal was over.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's double header.
Here was my "spot" for the day:
We were grateful that someone finally recognized our "talent":
The orchestra venue was in the temple itself.
As we got ready to play, worshippers were filing by:
The worshippers were waiting in line to go to this spot directly behind us...
...to visit this:
We had our own "shooter":
When the time came, we had a live feed to the ceremony site via big screen.
Remember the pre-records we did last week?
They paid off.
We got to go to lunch right after the 2 live intro pieces while the pre-records were played during the ceremony.
We were provided with delicious vegetarian food:
This was our view during the ceremony:
It was a good day for some mint tea:
I poked my head outside to get a picture of the smoke from the fire in the ceremony:
We then shuffled back to the temple where we waited to see if our 1pm-5pm rehearsal was a go.
Then the glad tidings arrived!
We were released for the day.
We hopped on the waiting buses, scampered into our cars at the shuttle site, and headed HOME.
I'm going to get seriously reacquainted with my pillow before my 8:30 opera rehearsal tonight.
We're in a new venue.