Preparing was a blast…from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim with many more favorites along the way. The packed-in audience of 104 fervent South Carolina arts supporters were beaming, glowing, and comparing notes on how many times they had been moved to tears — by the end of the beautiful one-hour program.
Keith is a remarkably good host for these kinds of events, and his festival is thriving in its fourth season. The commissioned festival artwork, “Rose” by artist Trina McNeill-Smith was unveiled as part of the cabaret, and will be featured on the season’s postcards and other promotional materials.
September and October involved generous doses of Philip Glass, Henry Purcell, Robert Schumann, and the ever-welcome Borzoni & Handel, of course. Claude Debussy and Fernando Obradors popped in for a couple of weeks; please stay tuned for announcements on where & when to catch their respective unveilings.
If you haven’t heard about Eric Malson‘s wonderful NYC restaurant blog, ‘Mahlzeit!’ — take a visit. Twitter-buddy and music theater pianist Jose Simbulan has proven to me once again that one never knows what we can gain from twitter. The two of us seem to be along for the ride of Eric’s brilliant discovery of some of the most inexpensive, spiciest, and rarest finds in NY’s ethnic cuisine scene.
Jose takes the photos and Eric writes the blog. I’m not sure what my job assignment is, but Chinatown-Flushing-Queens is a very easy trip on the Q-44 bus, so I’m fine with that! If you’ve always wondered what a sea worm is, ‘Mahlzeit!’ will tell you.
And next…looking forward to a few days with my father, in from San Luis Obispo, CA, doing his own ‘East Coast Tour’ — welcome, dad.