Brigadoon at the Symphony

Hi everyone,

Last night Sandy and I loved the performance of Brigadoon at Springfield Symphony’s Pops Concert. BFA students in Music and Dance at Missouri State University gave stirring performances, all accompanied by our great orchestra. There were few empty seats in the house at Juanita K. Hammons Theater for the Performing Arts. What a beautiful venue.

For no particular reason I wound up wearing black for the evening. It wasn’t really Johnny Cash sort of music, but Sandy didn’t urge me to change clothes so I got out of the house like this. After the concert we went to Houlihan’s for a late meal. We got there at 11:01. The kitchen closed at 11:00. We had drinks, went home, and snacked on cheese and crackers before calling it a night.

Kansas City, up and back

Hi everyone,

On Saturday we left from the Faculty Hall of Fame awards banquet to drive to Kansas City. Our bags were packed and in the car. We had tickets for the Andrea Bocelli concert at 8:00 so there wasn’t much time to spare. We went by Elaine Fry‘s home to pick her up and headed downtown to the T-Mobile Center. The area was jammed with people driving around looking for a parking spot. By the time we were finally in our seats it was after 8:00 but people were still streaming in so start time was delayed until nearly 8:30. The arena has a seating capacity of 18,972 and there were few empty seats. Among all those people, two old friends from middle school days, Mary Fry and Mary Irwin, were seated a few rows from our seats.

Bocelli was incredible. He’s the most popular tenor of all time and earned one standing ovation after another, ending with three encores. Another tenor, two sopranos, a pop singer, and a ballerina added to the evening’s program. It was a mess getting out of the building, and we didn’t get back to Elaine’s until midnight, but the day will go down as one of the best ever.

And the Chiefs won on Sunday. Was that a good weekend or what??

Sandy has barely made a dent in expressing her gratitude for all the sweet and wonderful comments about her special recognition Saturday morning. We just haven’t slowed down long enough yet.

Concert by Robert and Cindy Leger

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sandy and I loved all the good wishes and comments yesterday as we celebrated our anniversary. Our heartfelt thanks to one and all.

Hi everyone,

Many of you will remember when Robert Leger managed the editorial page for News-Leader. He and Cindy moved away some time ago but they have ties here and come back for special occasions.

One such event will take place Friday, June 8, at 7:00pm when the Legers will present a musical concert in Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

Robert and Cindy are gifted musicians and they’re about to release their first album. Here’s a link that tells you more.
I hope to be there and renew old times for a bit. If you can go, too, I hope you’ll consider it.

My thanks to Robert for alerting me about this upcoming event.

bugs in concert

Hi everyone,
I just ran across some pictures in my files sent to me by Patrick Reynolds, conductor of the Dayton, Ohio Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2014. I must say they perform in some nice digs!concert-hall The program read:

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Together with Dayton Ballet II Present BUGS!, the Final Concert in the 2013-2014 Family Series

On Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will present the DP&L Foundation Family Series Concert entitled BUGS!. This final Family Concert of the 2013-2014 Season is sponsored (rather fittingly) by Extermital Termite and Pest Control Company, because BUGS! in costume on the Mead Stage dancing to music performed by a highly talented orchestra of accomplished students are a must-see for families, while bugs in your house are not.

The concert will also feature delightful poems from David Harrison’s children’s book, “Bugs: Poems about Creepy Things”. Illustrated by Rob Shepperson, the book will be available for purchase in the Wintergarden before and after the concert.img_0835

How I wish I could have been one of the 1,200 who attended that concert! Maestro Reynolds conducted some of the numbers with a fly swatter. BUGS was on the NCTE awards list for Notable Poetry in 2007.

Byron Biggers Band coming to Brentwood

Hi everyone,

I know I only recently posted links to two numbers by Byron Biggers Band but I wanted to let you know that the group will be performing again soon, this time at Brentwood Library in Springfield, Missouri at 1:00 on Friday, May 30.

Here are those links again.

The event is open to the public at no charge and will last thirty minutes. All of our material comes from poems of mine set to music by Chris Craig and performed by Chris, Gale Clithero (both professional musicians) and me.

At the auction during the recent Writers Hall of Fame Quill Award event, high bidder for a “concert” by Byron Biggers Band went to Brentwood Library manager Kim Flores. We’re eager to play at Brentwood and hope for a good turnout. Please come if you can and tell others about the date in case they want to join the fun.

This is a kid friendly event. We enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate how poetry and music are so easily connected. Mark the date on your calendar. Hope to see you there if you live in the area.

For more information about the event or about Brentwood Library, contact Kim Flores at .