An evening with Stephen

Hi everyone,

Last night Sandy and I took Robin and Tim to the Springfield Contemporary Theatre for a performance of Stephen Sondheim music by five gifted vocalists and two outstanding pianists. Sondheim is 90 now and can look back on a long, distinguished career. I’m a fan of many of his songs and some of his music. Sometimes the cacophony of sounds he puts together astound my ear but his unique style has earned him countless awards from an industry that appreciates his one-of-a-kind approach and his genius for lyrics. Kudos to Springfield Contemporary Theatre for bringing such fare to Springfield.

Let there be music

Hi everyone,

Busy weekend. Friday night we drove to Big Cedar near Branson and stayed in a lodge at Wilderness Club with Robin, Tim, and grandson Kris. We came home on Saturday and tried to decide what to do that evening. We had tickets to two events, THE CHRISTMAS CANTATA by the GRACIAS CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA and the SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presenting an all LEONARD BERNSTEIN and GEORGE GERSHWIN concert featuring at the piano virtuoso Alexander Tutunov.

The GRACIAS CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA travels worldwide and has won honors in several countries. On this American tour group will perform in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Illinois, Missouri and numerous other states. Alexander Tutunov also travels the globe performing with major symphony orchestras and has won many awards for his unique skills.

Our problem was that the CANTATA started at 7:00 and the SYMPHONY, for which we had purchased tickets in the third row, began at 7:30. The solution? The CANTATA was performed in the John Q. Hammons arena on the MSU campus. The symphony concert was held in the Juanita Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts two blocks away. We parked in a lot midway between them hurried to the CANTATA for the first twenty minutes, and then made a dash on foot for the SYMPHONY in time to reach our seats just as conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett came on stage to start the concert. The house was packed, downstairs and on both upper levels. Whew. All in all, a grand weekend.