Saturday, September 29, 2007
At the Woodland Opera House, I was tuning a grand piano on the stage where also stood the set for Music Man, which opens in a week. Someone asked the stage manager about the previous night's rehearsal. "It was a train wreck," he said, "but they've got a week."
This piano, at the Woodland United Methodist Church, is a really old one with antique brass parts. The action has a little gold medallion on it that says "Euterpe's Conception of Perfect Harmony." Euterpe was the Greek Muse of music.
After tuning for a concert at Woodland Opera House, I went down into the basement/dressing room underneath the stage. I could spend hours down there looking at all the antique fixtures (like this 100-year-old sink) and graffiti. I talked to one of the costume people, Laura Everly, who it turns out has worked on many shows at Music Circus, including Cats.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Someone got this picture of James Caviezel talking on a cell phone during the shooting of Passion of the Christ and put the caption under it: "He is the only one that is allowed to talk during the Mass!" Too bad they didn't find a picture of him texting, because that's what the kids are more likely to be doing.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Elaine Berman is an old friend that I used to do Gilbert & Sullivan shows with. One of her students in the show sings "Broadway Baby" and I agreed to change the key on the song. In return, Elaine gave me a bottle of Asti Spumante and this nice note written on this page from a Far Side calendar.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tonight Rachel helped me set up the keyboards for Best of Broadway's performances at Whitney High School. It's a smaller hall than Luther Burbank's with much better acoustics. Ticket sales have been going well... and the good review in the Bee should help.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Last night John Skinner (his daughter Kathryn is a regular star of the show) came to Best of Broadway with his main keyboard player, Matt. John said nice things but Matt was positively starry-eyed. The first time you see the show, it is pretty amazing. (After you've seen it a few times, you realize that it's basically the same show every year.)
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I had lunch with Tom and Caroline Crawford at the SFMOMA cafeteria. They were my directors in the Peace Corps. They are tons of fun and have had an amazing life together, living and working all over the world.
Caroline has had a long association with the San Francisco Opera. When Pavarotti came there, her job was to go around with him and keep the women away.
At SFMOMA a fan hanging from a long cord blew itself all over the entrance hall.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Apparently, you can improve your audio performance by putting your components on brass footings on top of massive blocks of maple. This eliminates vibration. I have a customer that has all his stereo components mounted this way. You can see all this exotic stuff at the Mapleshade website.