Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 25 - St Gregory of Nigh Extravaganza

Nice turnout for the Tisha-Pagliacci show at St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, but first

church at same, with Sanford Dole conducting, and we decide to join his excellent choir. Sanford mentions thereafter, in passing, an upcoming concert of compositions by members on texts of the saints (the expanded SGN take) on the walls,

including William Blake, so am happy to provide a choral arrangement of Op 108 Blake House: I. To the Muses, which I will do by this Thursday evening's rehearsal.

After an interval, we gear up for the Tisha-et-al performance with Harriet March Page and Rachel Deatheridge,

Rachel's family,

and the Project Opera folks assembling --

for Johann Strauss, Jr., Die Fledermaus and Puccini La Boheme excerpts, including Rachel in the former's "Adele's Laughing Song," and

Letitia Page in the latter's La Boheme (Mimi's Act I aria),

plus Harriet in the Leonard Bernstein Candide "Old Lady's Tango" (assisted by a certain certainly uncertain caballero),

and a first-part conclusion back to Fleder "Champagne," tra-la!

Intermission with Harriet overseeing all,

including Lisa Prosek,

Sharon Walters, Kat Cornelius, and Suzanna Mizell.

The ensuing Leoncavallo Pagliacci is taken in by Suzanna and Tisha

as Eliza O'Malley frolics

and Mark Narins closes in.

After-concert party at 19th and Pennsylvania,

with fine views of the City,

280 and the new tower,

Bay Bridge,

and East Bay Hills environs...

graced by Harriet holding forth -- entertaining and


This investigative one-eyed jack reporter can testify that

the house is well-apportioned within (right down to the amazingly mirrors)

with folliage well-proportioned without.

We make our way home, past the golden season of the North Lagoon Mountains (note those three oaks at extreme right crest -- they have a lot of character),

and make a bit of time for score publication preparation of page 8 Mice and Men, Act V, Scene 2.