It has been 3 weeks since we returned from Europe. We hit the home front running: Liz had a couple of catering gigs and returned to work at the law office. We checked in on our condo in Park City and realized that our dishwasher no longer wished to work. Nutcracker rehearsals and performances got under way and we spent Thanksgiving with Brett and Teri at their home in Mountain Green. After the Nutcracker run, we started rehearsals for the annual Xmas concert at Ellen Eccles Theater. I have two dances to play over the Xmas holiday; a big band dance and a funk band New Year’s Eve gig. This winter (Feb), Liz and I will play a Valentine’s Day concert, and the run of My Fair Lady at the Ellen Eccles Theater. Leaping Lulu, Liz’s celtic band, will play monthly dances which will culminate in their annual celtic celebration of music and dance in March.
It is also time to line up the spring portion of the sabbatical. Liz and I will leave March 18 and head to California. I will be guest artist at University of the Pacific and will attend a band festival at Fresno State. We will then head to our rented house in Cloverdale for 5 weeks. I will be teaching lessons and conducting masterclasses at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. When not “working”, we plan to taste wine through out the Sonoma and Napa Valley regions. On April 1, we will travel to McMinnville, Oregon and try out Pinot Noir for which the region is famous. We will end our trip visiting Liz’s folks and our dear friend Jack Maze in Vancouver, and Murali and Charlotte Venkataraman in the Okanagan Valley, BC. We will stop off in Walla Walla Washington on our way home. (The reds in Eastern Washington are pretty yummy.) We should arrive home on May 14.
I will blog sparingly for the next few months, but will try and post pics as cool things happen. Enjoy the Holidays and I will blog again in the New Year!