Feels like summer

Ambient tunes for a(nother) desert women’s weekend.

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Guilford grace

Summer sun at the Soell cottage on Long Island Sound.

Mozart, Mendelssohn, and a major musical mentor

Choral singing has loomed large in our family history, including our college years. Reba was among Professor Donna Di Grazia’s first student cohorts in the Pomona College Glee Club—an ensemble her father Andy co-managed 25 years earlier, when he was an undergraduate. This summer, Reba, Andy, and over 75 other alumni made the pilgrimage back to Claremont, California to celebrate Donna’s 20th year on campus, in a concert spanning decades of music and musicians.

Participants worked independently in the preceding months, and reunited for the festival performance June 23rd after just three group rehearsals over two days. The harmony was potent and the company inspiring—a powerful tribute to Donna’s impact on generations of singers, now spread across the world.

For the choral inclined, set list is below.setlistAsterisked (*) photos credit: Megan Kaes Long

 

Peek above the bushes

Catching up with our California community at a mini urban learn-fest, in the vein of Above the Trees:

…including a chance to unpack the liquid nitrogen-ice cream skills:

Winter wander

Oliver on a frosty gentlemen’s getaway in Utah’s national parks.

Rugged determination in Bryce Canyon:

Newfound wisdom in Zion:

San Francisco fantasies

Vibrant new year at the Palace of Fine Arts and California Academy of Sciences.

Gualala holiday

Closing out the year with a family trip through Mendocino County on the northern California coast.