A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

International Ticketing ASSociation

I know these ticket people want attention, but they don't need to make asses of themselves in e-mails.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Rossini Rocks? Does he now.

I can't decide if I love or hate this image sent in an e-mail from Florida Grand Opera promoting their CINDERELLA production.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tim Pace

Artist Tim Pace has a studio south of Jackson, Tennessee. He takes discarded metal and fashions it into critters and other things--you can see the grasshoppers made out of a hammer head, a long hex screw and an axe head. There is a big praying mantis with a book outside the main library in Jackson.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bravo Cliff Jackson, Pianist

Earlier today I got to see a concert given by a very famous opera singer. What was most remarkable about the concert was Cliff Jackson, the accompanist. Most of the program was spirituals and gospel arrangements of Christmas songs--not his normal repertoire. Plus, the very famous opera singer did her share of conducting and tapping the piano during the performance. Through it all Mr. Jackson remained unflappable and cheerful. Not only that, his playing in these styles was thoroughly convincing.

The very famous opera singer received nine and a half pages of bio in the program; Mr. Jackson, nothing. By not mentioning the very famous opera singer by name, I am doing what I can to make up for it.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Signs of the times

One of my freelance gigs out of town has cut three of its six performances. We are not looking at that in Memphis, but we are examining switching to smaller and cheaper venues next year for some performances.