Tonight

Dessert + Poems

A good night. The return of the long-silent “Arts at the Aviary” Sunday evening gathering. Here are some slices of what went down… Meet John. {insert picture of John with your imagination} John has an audition tomorrow at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. He wanted feedback on his audition selection – a song from The Light… Continue reading Tonight

Bird and Byrd on the Value of Voice Lessons

The other day I found a perfect excerpt to share with you.  In my beloved Weiss & Taruskin textbook from college lie some words as true today as they were when written 425 years ago. William Byrd, who I like to believe is one of my husband’s ancestors, was a 16th century English church composer and… Continue reading Bird and Byrd on the Value of Voice Lessons

Naomi and Nathan on Nabucco – interview

One evening earlier this week I was lucky enough to sit down* with Minneapolis tenor Nathan Bird and talk a little bit about the Minnesota Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Nabucco. *Actually, he didn’t really sit down at all as he was tending to our children and getting himself some food before heading out the door… Continue reading Naomi and Nathan on Nabucco – interview

Yield: 1 Wedding Under the Sea with Verdi’s Barbeshop Trio

In anticipation of another fun Arts @ the Aviary  night beginning in just a few hours, let me share last week’s evening with you. INGREDIENTS: 1 soprano 1 tenor 1 accompanist/alto 2 mini-mezzos for comic relief seasoning, to taste 1 book of barbershop quartets or sweet adeline music 1 book of opera duets 1 book of wedding songs… Continue reading Yield: 1 Wedding Under the Sea with Verdi’s Barbeshop Trio

Seizing the Moment: A Special Thanks to Jillian

Off to the airport to send Jillian back home to CO. Auba is protesting.

Through circumstances I could not – and would not – have scripted myself, Nathan and I have learned some pretty valuable lessons over the past couple weeks.After our Christmas concerts and prior to last week’s performances, we had decided that a really good idea for future busy performance times would be to line up way more babysitting… Continue reading Seizing the Moment: A Special Thanks to Jillian