October is here, but the “feels like” temperatures are still in the high 90s. I am usually OK with the heat – but this is too much – even for me! Yesterday was the last day of the regular season for Major League Baseball. My Washington Nationals finished second in the National League East, with only a slightly better than .500 record. A truly disappointing season for a team that many experts picked to be in the World Series. In any case, I’m sure their will be a few amazing moments to watch even without my Nats.
Of course the big excitement for October is the opening of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Series. As with many orchestras across the country we are celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centennial year. The All-Bernstein concert is Saturday, October 6th, 8 PM at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Here is the rundown of the entire program:
Candide Overture Simple Song from Mass On the Town “Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra” arr. Harmon West Side Story Suite Fancy Free Ballet Suite
The “On the Town” will feature violinist Jennifer Frautschi. The West Side Story will feature Jackie Stressman and E.J. Cardona, vocalists.
In the garden all I do at this point is try to keep things alive until in cools off. So far, so good (mostly). Looking forward to some fall projects and plantings.
What I am listening to right now is lots of Bach. The English and French Suites mostly. They have the ability to both focus and quiet the mind. I find that very helpful in the swirl of terrible news in our world.
What I am reading right now is “American Philosophy, a Love Story” by John Kaag.
To my students I leave you with the same words as always:
“Work Hard, Be Nice”