A shout-out here to my friend and teacher Liz Wolff.
She’s holding a music retreat at St. John’s this August. I’ll be attending! From the website:
Announcing: 2017 Music @ 10,000 Lakes
Music @ 10,000 Lakes is a two-day retreat for professional pianists who wish to practice and perform, new, old, unfinished or polished repertoire for and with their colleagues. Located on the exquisite lakeside campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, the retreat will additionally afford time and opportunity to meditate, walk the nature trails, read, relax and revitalize.
The retreat will take place Sunday afternoon, August 13 through Wednesday morning August 16, 2017. Practice and performing facilities are on the campus of Saint John’s University. Lodging and meals are available at the St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse.
Looking forward to seeing you in August! In the meantime, enjoy exploring this website and feel free to contact us with any questions.
One more weekend to go but I’ll go out on a limb and call Le Petit Moulin at the Ritz with Collide Theatrical Dance Company a success. We are getting good houses, good notices, and raves from friends!
What I mean by “cross that one off the bucket list” is the accordion. Learned it for the show because we needed that French cafe feel . . . and apparently accordion is cool again and all the good players are either working or charging a lot : )
Here I am struggling with it at an early rehearsal. Let’s just say I’m glad this is just a photo and not a video with sound : )
And here is evidence that I actually used the thing in performance. I believe this number is my reharmonization of the famous Offenbach “Can-Can”. For the music geeks in the room, I put the “A” section in a minor key and rewrote the melody for both the A and B sections. It was fun.
The show’s final number was a mashup of Panic! At the Disco, Fatboy Slim, and The Pointer Sisters. Don’t even ask. Or do? I’d be the first to admit it was fun to put together, if not a little nerve-wracking.
Tickets are still available online or at the door
($34 general, $26 students/seniors, $50 VIP)
Le Petit Moulin Collide Theatrical Dance Company
Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7 at 2:00
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Plenty of cool restaurants too in this great Minneapolis neighborhood. Hope to see you there if you haven’t seen it yet!
“Playathon” was this weekend at the Mall of America. This is a long-standing fundraiser for the MusicLink Foundation, which helps provide instruments, music, and other materials to students who might not otherwise be able to afford them. The event goes a whole weekend, at the Mall of America. The Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and Schmitt Music are the sponsors. Kudos to MMTA member Sue Wege for putting the whole thing together!
For the 3rd year in a row, we had a “Popular Styles Hour” where kids got to play and sing their pieces with a backing band. That’s James Towns on bass, Beth Varela on drums – with her son Nathan keeping her company – and yours truly on piano and guitar. We had a blast!
With apologies to the copyright holder, and with thanks to Nikki Fleck, my yoga teacher at taraNa on Monday, this is timely. Despite the events at Standing Rock this week — protesters besieged by water cannons in sub-freezing temps — so unimaginably cruel and horrible — this can be our response.
“Beginners” by Denise Levertov Dedicated to the memory of Karen Silkwood and Eliot Gralla
‘From too much love of living,
Hope and desire set free,
Even the weariest river
Winds somewhere to the sea—‘
But we have only begun
to love the earth.
We have only begun
to imagine the fullness of life.
How could we tire of hope?
—so much is in bud.
How can desire fail?
—we have only begun
to imagine justice and mercy,
only begun to envision
how it might be
to live as siblings with beast and flower,
not as oppressors.
Surely our river
cannot already be hastening
into the sea of nonbeing?
Surely it cannot
drag, in the silt,
all that is innocent?
Not yet, not yet—
there is too much broken
that must be mended,
too much hurt we have done to each other
that cannot yet be forgiven.
We have only begun to know
the power that is in us if we would join
our solitudes in the communion of struggle.
So much is unfolding that must
complete its gesture,
so much is in bud.