Right. So we're in a "pause" on the show right now. We have a solid booking in Casablanca, Morocco in March of 2018, so that'll be fun!

But right now we're in pitching mode for our show. We want to continue on with the type of experience we had at Chapman U at the INCREDIBLE Musco Center for the Arts.

The view from the stage of the GORGEOUS Musco Center @ Chapman U

Janet and I were treated so well there by the Executive Director (Richard Bryant who booked us), the Musco Staff, the professors from the performing arts areas of the U, the MUSCOS THEMSELVES, founders, and other stake holders. It was pretty swell, you guys. Also, there was outreach to students through the dance department. Janet taught a master class and had those student dancers doing a combination from the Nightmare/Guernica sequence from Act II. One of my beloved former students is studying dance there, so I got to see her at the show. That was a beautiful thing in and of itself.

We want to pitch the show to other PACs across the country, particularly those that are affiliated with universities. We think that women's studies, literature, music, opera, theater and dance departments would be obvious links for us into the academic environment. We are also working hard on putting the show in Paris. You know, Paris, France. I happen to love Paris, France.

I'm also working on several more projects, mostly in research mode at the moment.

Sales and Research. Those are my departments.

If you have a place where you think we should pitch the show, LET ME KNOW, ok?



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So, I'm studying conducting. It's fascinating. And terrifying.

I'm studying privately with Brad Keimach, who is a genius teacher. Patient. Encouraging. Challenging. Exactly what you'd want and need when embarking on a journey like this.

One of my favorite things about our lessons are our listening tangents. "Have you heard this? Let's listen to this!!" It goes both ways, by the way. I'm suggesting that he listen to Led Zeppelin. I've gotten him to listen to Kashmir (he's trying to appreciate it...) We're listening to Chichester Psalms together.

Sometimes he has the score and we hover over it together as we're listening. With so many instruments on the page at once, my eyes get confused about where to look next. Anyone out there who is already a conductor is probably rolling her eyes at this point. Ho hum! And... duh!! This is exactly what the task is. A quick visual intake (mostly pre-internalized) of the deeply complicated information, committed to paper, and the untangling of that information to help a seat of assembled musicians understand each of their individual roles in the group effort.

But he's so patient. If I get lost, he points out where we are in the score.

He lent me the scores for Chichester Psalms and Rite of Spring this week to listen and read as an exercise. I had minimal issues following Chichester Psalms. It's complicated, sure, but it's well within my wheelhouse, especially if I hook into the vocal or string lines. Even the crazy times signatures and key changes were fairly easy to track. (And, as an added bonus, I've challenged myself to sight sing along with a part or two, so that's been fun.)

But can I just say -- holy everything!! Rite of Spring. I've listened to it countless times, and cherish it profoundly as one of my go-to pieces of orchestral listening, but I've never ever looked at the score. I really DID NOT understand.

It's so rhythmically NUTS. I'm not sure how a musician is supposed to react to such fine tuned polyrhythmic artificial groupings of artificial groupings score reading. HOW?? How did people in 1913 pick up this music to play it? It's, like, all at Zeldman level...

In any case, off I go to try to tackle it again. I got through the first few scenes, but found myself lost, looking for milestones along the way to get myself back on track again.

Wish me luck and go out and challenge yourself with something scary today!!



Updated: Sep 5, 2021

I'm mounting my new show next month at the Greenway Court Theatre, where I mounted my last opera. Oh, how I love it there!!

You'll be able to buy the full album of the show when we open!! Working very hard on that now...

We open on Saturday August 27, 2016.

PLEASE COME!! Here's where you can get tix:

Just look at these amazing pics of a rehearsal from a couple of weeks ago:

photo credit Barry Weiss

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