My Musical Month
This is our fourth--FOURTH!--summer up here in Michigan. Sometimes I find that difficult to believe, but that is neither here nor there and certainly not what this post is about. Each summer Joel and I have been blessed to be involved with opera productions through the Pine Mountain Music Festival. But this summer I was particularly honored to be invited to be a guest artist with them. Due to budgetary difficulties rampant in arts organizations across the entire country and not just our music festival (support your local arts or they will go away!), there was no opera produced this year. Instead, the main operatic production was a concert of Verdi arias called Viva Verdi! My role in the festival was to perform in the opening galas, the Broadway Revue, and the Verdi concert along with the four young artists who came up for the festival. We also ended up singing Sibelius' Finlandia with the "Finnharmonic" orchestra conducted by none other than my very own Maestro (the music festival took place during the same time as the International FinnFest, which was held in our area this year). . . .