Archive for June, 2011


Of Renaissance Florence: An Art and Gelato Tour

When you wander through the streets of Florence, it’s easy to imagine you’ll run into Renaissance noblemen on horseback, preceded by courtiers and trumpeters and ladies in long, ornate gowns. Crossbow-wielding guards en route to the Basilica of Santa Croce. But a fertile imagination wasn’t necessary when I arrived in Florence last Friday. It was […]


Hanging Out with Clooney On Beautiful Lake Como

The Villa D’Este hotel on Lake Como. Sitting at the outdoor restaurant at the Villa D’Este hotel on Lake Como, I watched the lights twinkle on in the village on the far shore. The green hillsides that rise steeply from the lake were turning purple as the sun set. The evening temperature was a delightful […]


Sizzling in the Summer

The talented Asiya Korepanova drew a heartfelt standing ovation from the crowd at the Sarasota Music Festival last Saturday night. For the past three years, I’ve  headed north by Memorial Day, so I’ve missed what used to be one of my summertime highlights, the Sarasota Music Festival. So I was excited to be in the […]


Asolo Sing-Along a Highlight of My Holiday Weekend

Hershey Felder in George Gershwin Alone. I can’t sing a lick, as any of my friends who have heard me around the piano at Christmas can tell you. But that didn’t deter me from lending my voice to a spirited and at times quite moving  sing-along at the Asolo Rep on Sunday night. Our accompanist […]