Outdoor concerts are NOT my thing.  I don’t really like attending them and I don’t particularly like performing them either.  But every once in a while the stars align – or, maybe more correctly, the weather cooperates – and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day.  Cap it off with an evening off for “date night” with my husband and I’m in heaven.

At 2 p.m. today in the pit at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this was the task at hand.

In the NYCB pit

(And speaking of “hands”, my Bridge bid at intermission threw my partner for a curve!)

Bridge Hand

With the show concluded, my husband and I headed to Chianti for a romantic dinner à deux…

Dinner at Chianti

And then on to the local frozen yogurt hot spot for his and hers sundaes.

frozen yogurt at night

What could be more perfect?  Maybe only this…

lanterns and the moon



  1. Susan says:

    Very cool that you are playing at SPAC. Used to go to concerts there….and now I know what serious musicians do when on break!

    • Joana says:

      Wow! That’s neat that you’ve been up in this area and to the SPAC venue. When I was in the Milwaukee Symphony, I got in the habit of playing Hearts on all of our bus tours. But my colleagues in the NYCB orchestra seem to prefer Bridge, so I’ve learned (and like) the game. Do you play?

      Hope you are having a nice summer! Joana

      On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      It certainly was…and we’ve lucked out with yet another beautiful day today for our rehearsal and evening show!

      I hope you are doing well! I always enjoy seeing your posts and your style boards..

      🙂 Joana

      On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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