Tommy and Paco are in the car headed home to Traverse City from Detroit. The wonderful NYC Spring break has come to an end.
Tour de Force: a French expression meaning an exceptional creative achievement, a particularly adroit manoeuvre, or a difficult feat
Tommy and Paco are looking at the appetizer called Provoleta. Provoleta is grilled Provolone cheese. Judy, Steve’s Mom, is a native of Argentina. She texted that she had never seen tomatoes on the cheese, so she didn’t recognize the dish.
The appetizer was followed by a variety of empanadas: beef, ham and cheese, spinach, and chicken They got eaten before Steve got a picture. They also had flank steak Milanese and flan con dulce de leche (flan with sweetened condensed milk).
Quite a dinner!
Colleen reported that they were having Ethiopian food which young Sam was allowed to eat with his hands without being reprimanded.
Colleen also wrote from the Music Box Theater: “If you’ve ever been the parent of a teenager. If you’ve ever been a teenager. If you feel like letting the tears roll down your face in a room full of strangers for a couple of hours. Go see Dear Evan Hansen. A truly modern musical. Possibly the most emotionally accessible theater experience I’ve ever, uh, experienced.”
Steve wrote this afternoon that they found out about a free jazz percussion recital at Juilliard at 6 pm, so they went. Paco found some cool things at the school’s bookstore: a book of drum set exercises and some light up drum sticks that light up when they strike. (Paco is playing the drums at his school.)
Tommy was mesmerized. At school concerts in Michigan, Tommy normally will not even sit down. But, Steve says that the music and talent were a bit better at this concert.
One student arranged the show and played percussion. Other students played piano, bass, trumpet, and sax.
Afterwards, they grabbed some slices of pizza and went back to their apartment. The boys were tired. What an experience they are having!
(Note: I can’t get the photos of the concert hall and program to go to the photos on my computer. So, I will post the photos in separate blogs.)