Monteverdi Chorale – Song and Dance

April 28, 2013
Monteverdi Chorale, "Song and Dance" at St. Peter's Church in Stevens Point, WI.  April 28, 2013.

Monteverdi Chorale, “Song and Dance” at St. Peter’s Church in Stevens Point, WI. April 28, 2013.

This has been a busy weekend for us, first a fundraising benefit for the UWSP Music Department on Friday, then Monteverdi Chorale’s performance Saturday and Sunday. Cathy has sung with the Chorale for many years. I have had the pleasure of being a Board Member for the past three years, and President for the past two years.  Jim Carpenter is a wonderful artistic director and always puts together a great program and prepares the singers for their best performance.

This is a blended image.  I took three separate exposures in quick succession, then used a photomatix Photoshop pluggin to construct an HDR image for the back ground.  The fore ground was  blended in with a normally exposed single image.

St. Peter’s is a beautiful church with acoustics that is a favorite with local choirs. Today was the first time in my memory that the sanctuary lights were left on for a performance. The lighting not only shows off the beauty of the church, but also allows the singers to have a nice degree of separation from the background.

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Soirée Musicale – a benefit for UWSP student scholarships

April 27, 2013

Cathy and I had the pleasure of attending  the fifteenth annual Soirée Musicale, an event supporting student scholarships in the Department of Music, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. We have had the honor of participating on the planning committee during the past three years.

Soirée is an evening of food and exceptional entertainment provided by UWSP faculty, students and alumni. The department itself is composed of exceptional faculty who are dedicated to teaching the art and craft of music. One example of their dedication is the universal participation by faculty in this event, either as performers or as a supportive member of the audience.  Their efforts are increasingly attracting top musical talent to UWSP.

Professor Lucinda Thayer conducting the Concert Choir at Soiree Musicale.

Professor Lucinda Thayer conducting the Concert Choir at Soiree Musicale.

A song and dance number at Soirée Musicale

A song and dance number at Soirée Musicale

Voice students and their professor (Susan Bender) perform "The Song That Goes Like This" from Spamalot at UWSP's Soirée Musicale.

Voice students and their professor (Susan Bender) perform “The Song That Goes Like This” from Spamalot at UWSP’s Soirée Musicale.

Raffi Besalyan performing "Rhapsody in Blue" with the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble conducted by Brendan Caldwell.

Raffi Besalyan performing “Rhapsody in Blue” with the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble conducted by Brendan Caldwell.

Soirée Musicale concluded with an after glow reception featuring the music of a talent jazz combo.

Soirée Musicale concluded with an after glow reception featuring the music of a talented student jazz combo.

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Winter is fading, the ice is leaving

April 20, 2013
Last Days of Ice. Springville Pond, Plover, Wisconsin

Last Days of Ice. Springville Pond, Plover, Wisconsin

Springville Pond is a former mill pond on the Little Plover River in Portage County, Wisconsin. The image was captured just after sunrise as ice was giving way to open water.

If you cross Springville Pond on Post Road (Business 51) before trees have leafed, you will have a good view of the house Frank Lloyd Wright built for Dr. Frank Iber. According to a local historian, the house is an example of the first prefab design for Marshall Erdman Company.  I am told Dr. Iber wanted some control over construction but Frank Lloyd Wright was not one to listen.  Dr. Iber wanted to speak with the architect during his inspection trips and apparently had a standing offer to local children to be notified when Frank Lloyd Wright would pay a visit.  The architect apparently paid the children a higher rate not to announce his presence to the doctor. Guess who won and who remained frustrated?

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“Song and Dance” – a concert presented by Monteverdi Chorale

April 19, 2013
Monteverdi

Monteverdi Chorale Concert

If you are in the Stevens Point area on April 27 or 28, I invite you to attend the Monteverdi Chorale concert “Songs and Dance“. The Saturday concert will be followed by a reception where yours truely will be delighted to serve you punch, cookies and cupcakes.

Here is a link  to more information about the “Song and Dance” program.

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Marsh Marigolds Announce Spring’s Arrival

April 17, 2013
Marsh marigold along a small stream in Whting, Wisconsin

Marsh marigolds along a small stream in Whiting, Wisconsin

Based on the calendar, one would think spring starts in March.  Here in Wisconsin we typically see snow well into April. In fact we just were treated to an April snowstorm.  It’s actually Mother Nature who announces the arrival of spring.  We have been seeing her early announcements lately; the arrival of sandhill cranes, snow geese and the ever beautiful marsh marigold.

Also called “cowslips”, marsh marigolds are found in wet meadows, marshes, swamps and along sluggish streams. They grow abundantly in the wetlands around Stevens Point. The marigold’s bright yellow blossoms always brighten my day.

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

It’s common name “marigold” comes from the word marsh gold, an appropriate name for its appearance and typical habitat. Cowslips is said to be what happens when cows step on them on the way to take a sip in a nearby stream. Despite the plant’s common names, it is neither a marigold nor a cowslip, but rather a true member of the buttercup family.

Marsh marigolds only bloom for a few weeks. If you are in Stevens Point, take a drive on the rural roads heading north.  You will be likely to find marsh marigolds in the ditches and wetlands along the road.

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Fog in Central Wisconsin

April 15, 2013
Fog in Central Wisconsin

Fog in Central Wisconsin

We had a snow storm yesterday that left behind a wet slushy landscape.  This morning was relatively warm leaving us shrouded in a beautiful fog. Driving was a little tense but it sure was pretty.

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UWSP Production of “L’ Enfant et les Sortileges”

April 14, 2013
UWSP Production of "L' Enfant et les Sortileges"

UWSP Production of “L’ Enfant et les Sortileges”

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending UWSP’s current opera production “L’ Enfant et les Sortileges”. The music was wonderful, the singing fabulous and the costumes were impressive. Well done UWSP.

Koerten Fine Framing and Gifts

April 13, 2013
Pete Sanderson's  phot gallery at Koerten's Fine Framing and Gifts

Pete Sanderson’s photo gallery at Koerten’s Fine Framing and Gifts

Over the years, the Koertens have been big supporters.  They have graciously displayed and sold my photographs at their gallery.  Their gallery and my images represent the single largest offering of Central Wisconsin landscape images in the world.  Come by and pay a visit.
Koerten’s Fine Framing & Gifts
2501 Church Street
Stevens Point, WI
800-873-0056

Jeweled Web

April 11, 2013
Jeweled Spider Web, George W. Mead Wildlife Area

Jeweled Spider Web, George W. Mead Wildlife Area

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Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial – Plover, Wisconsin

April 10, 2013
Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial

Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial

During these troubled times on the Korean peninsula, my mind continues to return the brave men and women who served there during the early 50’s. Within the Village of Plover is a memorial honoring their service.

The Memorial’s website describes the statuary:

“The Memorial Statuary are composed of five larger then life figures. A Nurse leads the group, because without the dedication, compassion, and bravery of the Medics, many would not have returned.

Following the Nurse are Army and Marine Infantrymen, because the Infantry bears the brunt of the battle.

Then comes the Air Force Pilot and a Sailor, without whose  support the battle would have soon been lost.

The statues face east, because Korea is in the Far East, and in memory of all who lost their lives and are still missing in action. All five figures are touching, touching in brotherhood that comes from battle.

There are no weapons on the Memorial – this is to  confirm the veteran’s wish for peace. The five figures will stand in memory of all veterans who serve our state.”

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