This morning I rode the bus downtown to attend the Midday Music Series at the Blanton Museum of Art. I don’t have any more parking vouchers for the Bullock Museum parking garage (across the street from the Blanton), so I decided to save a little money -- $1.75 for a 24-hour CapMetro pass versus $8.00 for a day in the garage. I had a surprise, though. The downtown routes have been moved from Congress Avenue to Nueces (northbound) and Guadalupe (southbound). I had to do a lot more walking than I had anticipated, but I did alright. The weather was perfect and I needed the exercise anyway.
Today we heard excerpts from “Hänsel und Gretel” by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921). The opera premiered in 1893 in Weimar. It takes place in the haunted forest based on the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The cast presented Act 1, Scene 1 (Suse, liebe Suse, was raschelt im Stroh) [Susie, dear Susie, what rustles in the straw] and Scene 3 (Rallalala heissa Mutter, ich bin da!) [Rallalala tell Mother I am here!] and an excerpt from Act 3 (Hurr, hop, hopp, hopp) [Hurr, hop, hopp, hopp]. I asked one of my Silver Sneakers friends, Rosa, who is German, to translate these for me.
The featured art was very appropriate. It was “Hansel and Gretel II” a gouache and chalk work on arches paper by Natalie Frank.