Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dr. Seuss Celebration at PSC

Once again, Chet Harper and I joined PSEA (Peru State Education Association)  for the annual Dr. Seuss Celebration.  I also served as MC for the program and got a chance to work with some amazing students.

The celebrations took place on Thursday, 28 February, and Friday, 1 March in the PSC College Theater.  The students organized four shows over two days and attracted and entertained over 900 enthusiastic and filled them all with joy
The students presented two excellent skids, Horton Hears a Who and Yertle the Turtle.  The first of the week, I will supply videos for each of the performances.

And Chet and I "performed" our usual insanity with our odd version of Green Eggs and Ham, which you can watch from a few years ago.

You can also watch our show from March 4 in Tarkio:

In addition, enjoy--and download if you like--photographs from Day One and Day Two of the presentations.  And, of course, take a look at the videos of the following excellent student productions:

Horton Hears a Who:

Yertle The Turtle:


Monday, February 25, 2013

Some Storm Birds

 Male Downy Woodpecker

Tree Sparrow

Thursday and Friday of last week, the snow storm forced the college to cancel all classes--I have lots of things to do, but I do not have a formal class on Thursday or Friday this semester.

Besides, the snow pretty much left me captured in the farm house for those two days, which I enjoyed thoroughly, especially as the snow brings in lots of feathers.

So, for my own amusement, I took quite a few photographs and posted many to Flickr, so if you want to amuse yourself with some common Nebraska birds, watch a slideshow.

 Harris's Sparrow

 Female Downy Woodpecker

 Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker

 Pine Siskin

 White-breasted Nuthatch

  House Sparrow


Concert Band and Jazz Band Concert

On Sunday afternoon at 3:00, February 24, the Peru State College Jazz Band and the Concert Band performed in the PSC Theater.  And on a beautiful afternoon with snow on the ground from the storms of late last week.

Despite not having practiced because of a perfect storm of obstacles that precluded any practice for the past ten days, the Jazz Band, under the direction of Pat Fortney,  belted out four numbers and obviously enjoyed the themselves.

Following this show, the Concert Choir, under the direction of Pat Fortney and Ken Meints, took the stage and entertained with a variety of

Unfortunately, a broken camera kept me from making any video of the performance.  But, as I noted in a previous post, the new camcorder will arrive in a couple days.

I did, however, upload a number of photographs from the event for your viewing pleasure.  

Misty Blues and Honor Choir

 Honor Choir

 Misty Blues Show Choir

On Tuesday night, February 19, I slipped out of my film class at 6:30 or so to enjoy both the Misty Blues and then the culmination of a day-long choral program, the Honor Choir.

To begin the program, the Misty Blues entertained a full Peru State Theater, and I recorded video of parts of this performance and a couple pieces from the Honor Choir.

As the photographs from the event underscore, we all enjoyed a wonderful evening of dance and music.  
Unfortunately, my trusty camcorder appears to have broken, and I cannot download to my computer any of the recordings.  This circumstance makes me feel bad, and I did order a new device for the upcoming Dr. Seuss Celebration and other events.

I did manage to find a way to get the videos, will certainly post them here, for the new camera arrived.

And so we begin with Honor Choir performing The Awakening


The Honor Choir sings Go Down Moses:


More new numbers from the Misty Blues Show Choir:



Spring 2013 Choral Concert

Concert Choir

Sunday afternoon, February 17,  at three, the Peru State Theater filled with music from the Concert Choir, the Madrigal Singers, and the Misty Blues Show Choir.

Take a few minutes to review the photographs from the three performances; you will also find the pictures ready for tagging on my Facebook page.

The Concert Choir, under the direction, as always, of Tom Ediger,  let off the program, and for your enjoyment, I published a video of the group's singing "The Awakening" and "Go Down Moses." 

 Madrigal Singers

The Madrigal Singers with Tom Ediger took the stage after the Concert Choir completed its program.  

On the video I posted, you can enjoy three songs from the group's presentation:  "Sweet Love Doth Now Invite, by John Dowland; "Since First I Saw Your Face," by Thomas Ford; and "Grace My Lovely One, Fair Beauties," by Thomas Weelkes.

Misty Blues Show Choir 

Soon after the Madrigal Singers left the stage, The Misty Blues, under the direction of Jacob Bartlett, entertained the audience for over half an hour.

The program includes some new numbers for the group, and I recorded three of them:  "She's So Mean," featuring Lowgaen Schmidt on guitar and vocals; "Viva La Diva" with a solo by Talia Cole; and "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," with Katrina Umland and Jacob Buss.

Enjoy the program.

  Drs. Thomas Ediger and Jacob Bartlett