3/8/10

Sing For Your Supper!!!

Tara and I had my voice students over on Saturday evening for our traditional "Sing For Your Supper" dinner that we host. The rule of the evening is very simple: you have to sing if you want to eat.

It's always a fun evening and we have 7 years of memories with all the students I have taught since coming to Simpson. The students are allowed to sing whatever they want, be it serious, silly, sad, happy, creative, etc... . We had everything from opera arias, musical duets, solos from musicals, jazz, art songs in French, German, Italian, Russian - you name it. It was a fun evening. Two of my students were unable to make it. One was in Chicago for some dental work and the other was a no show - hey, what's up with that LIZ!!! The other 14 were there and were joined by Gayla and Chuck Tighe who have been to every one of the events in the past 7 years. Gayla plays piano and Chuck helps out in the kitchen and enjoys listening to all of the students perform.

Due to Tara's new job, we actually did not hold the event last year. She was feeling swamped last year with all of the paperwork, so we skipped it last year as there were no open weekends. This year she felt like there was time and there was an open weekend with no recitals or conerts this semester. So March the 6th it was.

I got up at the crack of dawn and went to secure the brisket that I was going to smoke all day on the Big Green Egg. It turned out really tasty. we did not have a lot of leftovers which meant I finally bought the right amount of meat for a change. Rice and beans, salad, fresh cornbread muffins, fresh strawberries and pineapple rounded out the meal with the usual smattering of beverages.

A few shots from the evening...

Brandon and Tad started off the evening with a duet from Phantom of the Opera (of course, mocking a recent performance that I did with one of my soprano colleagues at Simpson). Brandon used his counter-tenor and sang the soprano part and we all grinned and giggled until it hurt with their rendition:

Brandon

Lydia spiced things up with a pair of jazz numbers...

Lydia

Megan warmed up and really let it all out in her Puccini aria...

Megan

Joe pulled off a great rendition from a musical...

Joe

Mark tried his best to recall those words that Schumann set in Liederkreis...

Mark

Bethany and Sam did both sides of the Starbucks "guy meets girl" song...

Bethany

Sam

Marie gave us some serious Russian...

Marie

Kenzie sang the old chestnut of Brahms "Wie Melodien..." (I have to get a new house because her voice is too big for our current house...)

Kenzie

Deaven sang in Russian and as you can see, Max enjoyed it while on the floor. Then she let it rip with "Meine Lippen Sie Küssen so Heiss" (You kiss my lips so warmly!) a bit later...

Deavon

Lauren sang "What a Movie" from Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti...

Lauren

Tara and I had to earn our supper, so we did the waltz duet from Franz Lehar's Die Lustige Witwe which ends with a nice kiss...

TheMerryWidowKiss

I didn't get as many pictures as I hoped, but c'est la vie. Fun was had by all and we will do it again next year. I've got a great group of students and it is always fun to have them over for this informal event.

1 comment:

summer said...

「不可能」這個字詞,在聰明人的字典中是找不到的。........................................