K turned 18!
Here we are on our way to hear Stile Antico, a UK vocal ensemble specializing in Renaissance music. It was luminous, rich, precise, enchanting; deserving of every laudatory review I’d seen beforehand. The group comes from Cambridge and Oxford; having begun their training in the choral programs there, the 12 singers perform with no accompaniment and no director. The program focused on the music of Shakespeare’s era–very little Shakespearean text was contemporaneously set to music, so the singers wove spoken-word history lessons on William Byrd, the death of Prince Henry Stuart and the subsequent flood of music composed in requiem, and other items of interest in between their numbers.
A. created a hidden fairy house in the wild corner of the back yard.
All three kids had dog-sitting or dog-walking jobs during spring break.
I took Tolstoy to heart: “Rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”