April brought another fun trip—the University of Central Missouri New Music Festival. Last year, their jazz ensemble played my jazz orchestra piece White Heat. This year, I had two pieces performed—Uwohali, my solo piano piece, and Song of the Moon, my a capella choral work. My good friend Stacey Barelos was an ace as always at the piano, but the lovely surprise was the University Chamber Choir and their excellent young conductor Alan Zabriskie, who did a beautiful job with Song of the Moon.
And then we and Stacey and her family at another joyous surprise of Warrensburg, MO: Monetti’s—possibly the best Italian food I’ve ever had. (The date stamp reveals the “Eternal New Year’s of 2003,” the perpetual date stamp on my mom’s camera….)