We love it here! The weather has been downright balmy for the upper Midwest in October (sunny and mid-70s), so today several ensemble members spent the afternoon jogging around the city of Ann Arbor and the campus of U of M. A few of the singers experienced the joy that is Zingerman's, a deli and fine foods shop which they described as one of the best eateries and delicatessens they'd seen anywhere in the country--high praise coming from a group of picky San Franciscans!
Meanwhile, I had the pleasure of spending my afternoon with the Orpheus Singers, a very talented group of conductors/singers at the University of Michigan. Most of them are working on their masters or doctoral degrees under the legendary Dr. Jerry Blackstone, one of America's foremost choral luminaries. The singers were fantastic and the level of music-making did not disappoint. I left feeling grateful for the opportunity to work with such dedicated musicians. Thanks to Dr. Blackstone and his students for sharing their work.
Tonight's concert was absolutely packed, which we have experienced before in Ann Arbor (a town that clearly knows music). The acoustic of Ann Arbor's St. Francis of Assisi church was a treat and the concert very well received. The program (She Said/He Said) covers a lot of territory, from Palestrina to Ravel, Brahms, Barber, folksongs, jazz and pop... and the audience was ready for everything. Many thanks to the University Musical Society for presenting us. We can't wait to come back.
Yet another concert full of support with family and friends in the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi church in Ann Arbor. My elementary school music teacher, Mr. Hines in the first picture boasted continuously to everyone, "He's one of mine". Below are my family and friends with my Mommy on the far left.