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 with all the uncertainties of the COVID era.  They will be in the Studio for a few days.  And then Stanley Steemer. . .

Anyway I hope everyone is aware that a subscription to the Disney Channel will give you free access to the theatrical performance of Hamilton filmed in 2016, before all the famous people moved on.  That was our Fourth of July celebration yesterday, since we knew we’d be comforting scared dogs during the neighborhood fireworks.  Two near-90 pound dogs trying to get into your lap takes some creative movement.

So here’s Eric Whitacre’s Star-Spangled Banner for the day after the Fourth:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbzS15q--yE.   I can’t think that the straight tone he’s asking for is healthy, but it certainly makes the dissonances intense.

And for the best sung ever Flower Duet from Lakme, we have Natalie Dessay and Delphine Haidan:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhFC3AhLtag.  Remember that this is rondo form, don’t turn it off until you’ve heard the pretty part three times.

Best wishes,