Music performance at its best

On the musical theme, here are some good reasons to hire an experienced professional accompanist for auditions, etc. My friend Sheryl is such a professional and I have seen her help students do their very best performances.

http://clariniano.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/why-you-should-use-a-professional-accompanist-for-exams-auditions-and-competitions/

I’ve had wonderful opportunities this summer to indulge in music and other artistic endeavors:

First, a SHAMELESS PLUG: Tomorrow July 28! a fundraising pancake breakfast for Tapestry Singers. All you can eat for $6 at Applebee’s, I-35 @ St. John’s, from 8-10am. Eggs, eggs benedict, sausage, hash browns, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, and pancakes galore. We’ll probably sing something for you around 9 or so.

Conspirare Symphonic Choir with the Austin Symphony, Peter Bay, conductor, and Craig Hella Johnson, guest conductor

Hilde Girls & Drumsistas, with Susan Lincoln, director and founder

Journey: Tradition to Innovation — a performance by Bharata Natyam of classical and contemporary Indian dance, with live music and poetry by Chandra Washington

“House” at the Museum of Ephemerata. Homeowners Scott & Jen Webel inherited a museum housed in the front of their east Austin home; the “House” exhibit was mostly in the back yard. Open on Saturday afternoons, though maybe not every Saturday!

“Sisters Under the Skin,” a Civil War spy drama by Paullette MacDougal. Three women–a slave-holding abolitionist, her slave (who became a spy in the home of the Confederate president), and the First Lady–truly had a profound impact on U.S. history. The brand new Madeline McCauley Heritage Chorale of 14 singers, debuted during this production.

Balcones Community Orchestra, Dr. Robert Radmer, musical director.

The Studebakers, who sing mostly 30s and 40s songs. Jill, my sister-in-law, is one of the Studebakers.

Coming soon: Texas Choral Consort will sing about 15 opera choruses by a variety of composers from Bernstein and Bizet to Verdi and Wagner. Soloists and orchestra will make this a treat on Sat. evening Aug. 18 and Sunday afternoon Aug. 19. Info at http://www.txchoralconsort.org

Contemporary music, blues, country, classical; music, dance, theater . . . love that variety!

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