In the past few days, I was able to attend (around my rehearsal schedule for The Threepenny Opera) performances by a number of students in the Webster University Opera Studio, and the New Music Ensemble.
Ten days ago, Alice Nelson directed a wonderful concert of opera excerpts, sung by our students, in a workshop-style setting that included piano and minimal costuming and props. Alice is ever inventive, and her truly encyclopedic knowledge of opera literature means that all students are matched up with scenes that fit them vocally and personally. This is always a fun night!
This past weekend, the New Music Ensemble, led by Duane Bridges, presented a concert of music by Brian Eno, with many of the arrangements by our own students (and a couple by Duane). A small but appreciative crowd took in music from various albums from the 1970s, and even a transcription of some of the music one hears when on a long underground tram at an airport.
I’m proud of our students and their prowess and progress!