Browsing Archive: August, 2020

Studio Email from August 16

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020, In : Learning to Sing 

Hello everyone,

I’ve heard from Victoria this week.  She is plugging along and has learned how to do online teaching, which is terrific!  Also, Denise has decided to take her training into her own hands.  I’ve sent her one of the handouts that I made for my daughter’s choir in Terre Haute.  I’m attaching it for the benefit of anyone who wants to run over the basics again.  As always, Email me when you have questions.  I do so much better with Email, where I rarely have 16 voice mails...


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Studio Email from August 9

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020, In : Learning to Sing 

Hello everyone,

 

Not a tremendous bit of news around here aside from yard work – seven 30-gallon yard trash cans since last Monday.  Also, it finally came to me that the reason that I was having so much cramping in my hands might just be that I’m not playing the piano for a couple of hours most days.  Imagine!  So, since Martha thought of working on Plasir d’Amour, I’ve started practicing the accompaniment.  It’s one of the needlessly complicated Parisotti ones, or maybe I shouldn...


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Studio Email from August 2

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020, In : Hearing Music 

Hello Everyone,

 

I’ve decided to go with a more positive subject line since nobody knows when we’ll all feel like in-person lessons again.  Eventually, I’m sure.  In the meantime, let’s consider Il Trovatore, or The Troubador, a Verdi opera that I will nearly always watch whenever there’s a chance – like this past Thursday when the Met streamed it.  Many people love to point out it’s flaws, particularly that the libretto is so twisty and needlessly complex that hardly anyone ...


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Studio Email from July 26

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020, In : Practice 

Hello everyone,

 

Rainy Saturday and I am woefully unmotivated today.  Sometimes it’s just that way.  Arietha just sent me a link to the Opera America site where there are listings of the various operas (not at the Met) that you can see online:  https://mailchi.mp/operaamerica/live-streams-and-on-demand-content-july-24-2020?e=1b8e4cf56fToday is The Makropulos Case at the San Francisco Opera, and I can’t get up enough gumption to go watch it.  I think it’s still available tomorrow, ...


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Studio Email from July 19

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020,

Hello everyone,

 

There’s not much news around here.  Frank came and left with his parents for Durham since his dad is spending his sabbatical year teaching at Duke.  They were fun, also exhausting.  I must be getting old or something.  Anyway, I hope everyone was watching CBS Sunday Morning and is ready to see the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s most recent virtual choir on YouTube at 1:30 today.  I think he kind of invented the format back in 2009, and I think that Mary sang in that one a...


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Studio Email from July 12

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020, In : Learning to Sing 

Hello everyone,

 

It certainly is not as much fun to have Frank here when we can only look but not touch.  Nor going places that you get to see afresh through a child’s eyes.  All things going according to plan, they will be in Durham on Wednesday.  I’m still closed for all the obvious reasons.  Any yard work that I may have done has gone under with all the rain and sunshine making the plants very happy to go places I don’t want them to go.  The bees, too, are very happy.  Sigh.

 

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Studio Email from July 5

Posted by Patricia Callaway on Monday, August 17, 2020, In : Hearing Music 

Hi everyone,

Rejoice and be exceeding glad!  I’m using my new computer, which the beloved spouse has caused to behave itself.  So that’s the happy part.  Less happy is that I’ve decided to wait a while on opening the Studio, and I’m sure everyone understands why.  Besides all the safety reasons, Frank and his parents are coming to stay for a week or so while their furniture travels to Durham where Mike will be teaching during his sabbatical.  It’s a long and circumstantial story wi...


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