We're in Iowa City for the mid-week/weekend. NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) is having their conference here this week, and Dave played a premiere with our friend Dan Cavanagh this morning. It went really well--I was very proud! It's a new piece by Dan, and they'll play it again for Dave's recital on Monday. I have a CRSO concert this Saturday...happiness, thy name is the Ravel Piano Concerto. (Big English horn solo, if you didn't know!)
According to my computer, it's 4 degrees (F) outside right now, but I think it was colder earlier today. We had an ice storm with thunder and lightning at about 8am! The walk from the hotel to the music school takes about 10 minutes, and there we were, the three of us dressed up nicely for Dave's performance, Dave with his sax over his shoulder and carrying his oversized music, being pelted in the face with shooting ice shards. It was windy and sooo cold. I don't remember weather this bad, even living in Calgary. Dan and I walked back at about 10am, and after lunch, Dave and I walked back to the music school again, and it might have been even colder. We almost turned around to buy hats in the university bookstore. Neither of us had thought to bring warmer clothing. That tells you how long we've been away from cold winters.
The guys braved the weather again this evening (we'd already been out once more for dinner) to go to a jam session. I opted to stay behind and take a nice hot bath. I'll listen for the thunder. Mmmm...bath-time.