And they are off. Tracee and I leave for Lasker today to spend the weekend with colleagues, friends and the fine people of Lasker NC. This weekend is the beginning of my return journey to the "serious professional singer" world as I'll present the Liszt Petrarch Sonnets as well as my beloved Poulenc set on the recital on Sunday.

This year for the first time Tracee is joining me on the concert stage and will present part of Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben.

Excited, nervous, content are just some of the feelings running through my mind.
We are leaving the kids for the entire weekend with family. That alone is stressful.

Man, I love the intensity and buildup just prior to a performance. The last few moments are "lenteur immemoriale"


Having Jeff and Tracee in my home for a couple of days was a real treat. The community as a whole was uplifted as they shared their truly magnificent talent. We were all blessed by their ministry here in Northampton County.

I should point out that part of the magic is the working relationship between Jeff and Charles. It is more than your "run of the mill" vocalist and accompanist, this partnership is a good example of synergy.

Tracee wowed people first of all with her personality and powerful presence, and then with a voice that can only be described as angelic. I hope that doesn't sound too over the top. People were just stunned at the degree of her talent, voice controll, and presence.

We are encouraged at having Charles and Kathy as a part of our Community on a permanent basis. In our morning worship Kathy played the horn beautifully (which my Dad loved by the way) and Charles played the piano. I hope that everyone visiting this site will consider a visit to the Lasker summer Music festival... Or if you just want to come for some time at my house email me at


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