February Happenings…..

It has been a crazy Intermountain West winter.  We have more than doubled our average monthly precipitation for each month of  Dec, Jan and February (and it’s only the 15th).  We have had 20-30 inches of snow over a 2-3 day period twice this winter and last week over an inch of rain.  California seems to keep sending us massive storms.  Our ski resorts are having a record year of snowfall/snowpack on the slopes.  The rain storm last week (with another due this weekend) melted much of the snow.  With that, our herd of mule deer are back, nibbling on the trees and eating the compost that we put out in the garden.  It is a magical thing to have 10-20 deer come through your back yard every day.  But nothing is cuter than a baby who gets curious and comes right up to the window to say hello:


February is a flood of musical activity too.  Liz’s band Leaping Lulu has played a couple of contradances to start things off.  They are also in full swing of rehearsals for their Celtic Celebration show in March.  This past weekend, we performed a benefit concert with the American Festival Orchestra and Chorus.  This was billed as “The Power of Love” and was a benefit for our local Cache Valley for Hope Foundation.  This foundation, founded by an old neighbor of ours, provides financial support for families suffering from various forms of cancer.  The sponsors for the concert covered all expenses.  This allowed all money from ticket sales to go directly to the foundation.  Folks could buy tix for the dinner and concert, or just for the concert.  600 tix were sold and the foundation raised $16,000.  It was great to be part of something good and part of such a worthy cause.  Here is a shot from the performance on Feb. 11:


The screen was lowered for one of the selections and slides of both survivors and those who were not able to make it, along with their families, were shown above the ensemble.

Then, on Feb. 13, our jazz faculty prof. achieved Full Professor.  The President of the University honors those who earn the rank of Full Professor by hosting a reception and short lecture by the newly minted.  Lectures are usually on tap, but we decided to perform for the guests.  We did an original tune, a Pepper Adams tune and a couple of Gerry Mulligan tunes.  Here is a pic of the band and a shot of all of us with the mucky mucks:


February continues on with two weeks of performances of My Fair Lady.  We start rehearsals on Saturday, and shows run through the first weekend in March.  I will include some pix of the show as it unfolds.  Winter is almost over, and not too soon for me.  I look forward to some warmer temps this spring!  Ciao!!


Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

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