Monthly Archives: April 2012

O Magnum Mysterium

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Those Latin words mean “O Great Mystery,”  and the text with which they are associated is an ancient hymn of praise expressing wonder that God would chose simple animals to be the first witnesses to the birth of the Messiah.  It’s a text that has inspired a whole host of sublime musical settings over the

The Drowsy Chaperone

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I saw Carthage College’s stunning and rollicking production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” for a second time last night, and my friend Joe Cardamone said it best afterwards:  “How Do I Not Know This Show?!?!?!”      This delightful musical has to be one of the best-kept secrets in musical theater in recent years.  It’s not that it

Wall to Wall

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A memorial service at Carthage the day before yesterday meant that my voice students and I had to relocate our voice studio class that day-  and with my studio uncommonly clean due to a recent guest,  I decided that we would hold class right in my office.  (I was banking on a no-show or two,

A Noble Endeavor

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The one and only Weston Noble - one of the living legends of choral music - is back at Carthage for what promises to be yet another moving, memorable visit . . . except that by now it doesn’t feel right to call him a visitor.  He is a part of our family,  and he

My Almost Met Debut

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After you’ve been to New York City six or seven times (like Kathy and I have been) you really start to feel a lot less like a tourist -  even though there are all kinds of tourist things we have yet to do there.  I have yet to visit Ellis Island or the Statue of

Nice work if you can get it.

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In my rush to rhapsodize over War Horse and Porgy & Bess, I almost forgot about the first show we saw in NYC.... which was no masterpiece, to be sure,  but was still a delightful night of entertainment in more ways than one. The show was Nice work if you can get it,  which follows

Horse Play

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After the splendid performance of Porgy & Bess Kathy and I saw Thursday night,  just about anything short of the Second Coming itself would have been sadly anti-climactic. Fortunately, what we saw Friday night was a moving and overwhelming work of theater called War Horse that need not take second place to anything-  and which

I Loves You, Porgy

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I’m not at all sure when Kathy and I first fell in love with Audra McDonald, but we fell hard - and when we saw her perform at the Ravinia Festival, it only deepened our devotion to this utterly unique artist with the glorious voice and extraordinary expressivity. . . and it also helped the

Unforgettable

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Kathy and I are in New York City, and after seven visits there since 2001 it has grown remarkably familiar to us.  Not that we have even scratched the surface in terms of all that it contains and offers- but it’s no longer the overwhelming and intimidating place that it once was.  We know NYC-

The High’s of Holy Week

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Another Holy Week is behind us,  and there are so many things to write about... so many high points that were moving, inspiring, exciting....  but in fact one of the moments that stays with me most potently occurred on Palm Sunday, the day which begins Holy Week.  It was a morning of great energy and