Night on Broadway

Saturday night we attended the sold out final performance of WPHS Night on Broadway. What a show! A cast of 200+, and the production was seamless. Lighting, costuming, sound, staging — it was hugely impressive for a high school concert. They even tackled Bob Fosse choreography (in somewhat sanitized Chicago numbers) and they totally pulled it off!!

Gina and her 60+ freshman women’s chorus were simply lovely, singing among other things, Cole Porters “In the Still of the Night”

Below, Grampa finds Gina’s cast picture posted in the lobby.

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Pat Metheny doesn’t like Kenny G

This is an old quote from back in 2000, part of an extended published rant:

but when kenny g decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great louis’s (Armstrong’s) tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that i would not have imagined possible. he, in one move, through his unbelievably pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by going out there on the road for years and years – more –

Virginia Tech

Amidst all the news being released today about the horrific events at VT yesterday, I found a transcript of an extended text/IM exchange between a student who was locked down in a classroom, and her brother and mother. The conversation paints a vivid picture of what it was like to be caught up in the middle of this tragedy. As a parent, this section stopped me cold:

MylittleMommy (12:24:09 PM): any idea when they’ll let you out?
blueiyed (12:26:06 PM): i think soion
MylittleMommy (12:24:42 PM): are you okay
MylittleMommy (12:24:50 PM): they’re saying they think it was 1 gunman
blueiyed (12:27:34 PM): yeh i’m just freaking out i want to come home i don’t want to be here
MylittleMommy (12:27:45 PM): well they have counselors lined up and church service planned for healing. If you want to come home, I’ll talk to Dad about a plane ticket.
MylittleMommy (12:27:57 PM): first let’s get you out of the building

Complete IM conversation here.

over booked

Please send some energy and positive thoughts in Gina’s direction — the next couple of weeks she is scheduled for back to back 15 hour days. In addition to her daily crew practice in the afternoons, this week she’ll be going directly to nightly chorus rehearsals or performances of Night on Broadway, which will run until 10:30p every evening. And then on Saturday she has crew regatta at 6am, followed by chorus performances at 2:30p and 7:30p.

NOB, 4/19-4/21/2007

Next week, she has daily afternoon chorus rehearsals for the Carnegie Hall field trip (completely different set of music, mostly classical), and Friday April 27 we depart for NYC. Also looming in here is preparation for her AP Geography exam. Not to mention standing academic obligations (homework!). And indications are strong that she may be asked to row at the Stotesbury Regatta (Philadelphia) in May.

Its a cliche of our times that our kids are over-scheduled in a way that we never were at that age.

Crew

WPHS Crew competed in the Sprints League Championship regatta this weekend. 10 high school teams from around the state (Miami to Tallahassee) met at Orlando’s Turkey Lake Park on saturday for a 3 round elimination tourney, where the final prevailing boat in each class takes home a t-shirt relinquished by each losing crew team. Winter Park nearly swept the event; Gina rowed stroke in the women’s 3rd eight boat of mostly freshmen, and brought home 5 t-shirts!

Turkey Lake has a nice viewing area at the finish line and I got some video of her final win. They were ‘bow and stern’ all the way, and it was an exciting come-from-behind finish. Gina’s “stroke” position is the first rower from the stern (back) of the boat. The youtube quality is pretty poor, but you can see her rowing pretty clearly after the finish when the rowers are returning past the dock to the launch spot. Be sure and turn your sound on:

I’m getting the hang of the Adobe Premiere editing software – stay tuned for my season ending highlight reel of WPHS crew action.

Follow below for a version on google video
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