Sorry about my absence
Things really have not been abnormally busy but I have been drinking in the quiet and enjoying time with friends.
That leads me into Thursday night of last week. I went to the last Wind Ensemble concert of the semester and loved every minute of it! I have several friends in the ensemble and Erin conducted on the first piece, Commando March by Samuel Barber. A great start to the concert
Next was a piece by James Mobberley entitled Ascension. There were fewer musicians on stage and there was an added electronic element that helped paint a sound picture for the listeners. I was honored to hear this piece and was impressed that Mobberley came up from his job at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to hear the Wind Ensemble play his piece and share a few words with the performers and audience.
For all of you Tolken fans out there I think you would have thoroughly enjoyed the last piece: Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij with Matt Bean as narrator. Amazing experience! I have heard all of these pieces being practiced as I taught in Browne but to hear them in the recital hall gave me goosebumps and made me excited! I love it when music makes me excited Anyway, this last piece depicted Gandalf the wizard, The Elvenwood, Gollum, The Mines of Moria, The Bridge of Khazad-Dum and the Hobbits.
So many concerts last week but with music like this, all the concerts energized me and made me even more excited to go out into my own classroom and teach the future generations of performers and audience! Yea!
So what did I do after the concert?
I am so glad you asked
Naomi and I had invited our friends over for an end of the semester/going away party. I had so much fun making the food and thankfully a lot of it disappeared by the end of the evening
It was so nice to relax and visit with friends outside of the music department as well as some friends that are not in the music department. I did not count how many people we had but at one point I am pretty sure we had close to twenty in our trailer. Our trailer is a pretty good size but I don’t think we have ever had that many people in it at one time before.
Since it was a Thursday night and people still had things to do on Friday, they started leaving by 11:30 and everyone was gone by 12:30. While I may be a college student, late nights and I do not always get along and Naomi and I were exhausted!
We left cleaning up for the next day, put away the food and went to bed.
My excitetment did not end Thursday though…and you will just have to wait to hear about the wonderful recipes that I made. Here is a teaser for you, the cheese in the red bowl does not have any sort of dairy product in it.
Have a great day!
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