For the past 25 years, I have performed in the pit orchestra for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. It was time to take a year off (although I am keeping the streak alive by playing the Tribute to Bernstein concert with UFOMT this month). This hiatus has allowed me to take other gigs that I wouldn’t normally get to play. Summerfest isn’t one of them; Liz and I usually perform with this summer weekend festival every year. Leaping Lulu performs as does Citrus and Sage Jazz Sextet. The sax player and I formed Citrus and Sage about a dozen years ago and the group became the house band for Citrus and Sage Cafe. Once the cafe closed, we kept the group together for occasional gigs such as Summerfest.
When given the opportunity, I play cajon with Leaping Lulu. A pic from Summerfest:
I was conveniently left out of the picture but am sitting on the far right. This summer, Leaping Lulu performed with dancers (think Riverdance style show) both at Summerfest and at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt lake City. Here are a few photos from that performance.
Last weekend, we performed in Sun Valley, Idaho. There is a beautiful outdoor amphitheater at the resort ala Saratoga Performing Arts Center or Tanglewood. The stage and seating area are covered with grass seating behind the main theater. This concert featured the Tony Award winning singers Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell from Broadway in NYC. They were at the top of their game. I don’t have any shots of the actual performance but here are some pics from before the show:
Sound board pic for my sound engineer brother, Bruce. Next, a nearby pond where we sat and had lunch:
Next up, Leaping Lulu performs for a wedding at Beaver Mountain and then on to Bountiful Handcart Days (don’t ask) in the Salt Lake City area. The Bernstein concert follows late in the month. We then head off to Esterhazy Palace (see the beginning of this blog back in 2016) in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria for performances of Haydn Creation and Beethoven Mass with the Classical Music Festival. It has been a fab summer so far and we look forward to the rest of July and August. More to come!