On Friday night I was fortunate to see Bobby McFerrin perform on the Harriman-Jewell Series in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center. Known for the mega-hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” McFerrin is actually a musician of many talents and projects beyond pop music. I had no idea he loved bluegrass music so much! It was an unforgettable, enjoyable show. I wish I could have brought everyone I know! Full review at KCMetropolis: Musically and joyfully spirited away
I had two more wonderful weekends in April, too. The weekend after our New York City trip I went up to Chicago and further up north in Wisconsin to celebrate my cousinephew’s first birthday (so much fun!!), and last weekend, after seeing Bobby McFerrin on Friday, I had my final Kansas City Civic Orchestra concert of the season on Saturday. We played “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg, Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 2 (“Mysterious Mountain”), von Suppé’s Poet and Peasant Overture, and Haydn’s Farewell Symphony. Throughout the Haydn, orchestra members are supposed to leave the stage at designated times, when their part is over, so at the end there are just two violinists in duet to conclude the work. Right before my exit, I had a solo that I totally rocked! I was nervous, but it turned out great (I’m not really much of a soloist!). Otherwise, the school year/season is finally winding down, and I’m finally catching up on reading my books (two review posts coming soon!). I love playing in my orchestras and being busy, but I think everyone can agree that a break is in order!