In 1959 Thelonious Monk organized a 10-piece ensemble to interpret his compositions in a concert at New York’s Town Hall. In June 2009 the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra* (the orchestra-in-residence at the National Museum of American History) recreated that concert.
We went to that recreated concert and as strange coincidences sometimes happen the manservant was seated next to another Physicist. The manservant and the elderly retired Atmospheric Physicist exchanged contact details at the end of the evening with a "we must get together sometime" farewell.
Well, when we arrived home from Australia our stack of mail included an envelope from this gentleman – inside there was a Christmas card and two tickets to attend Ella! at the Kennedy Center.
He was going to be on a cruise and thought that we would enjoy the show. Did we ever!! It was a most enjoyable evening. It was a very generous gesture from a near stranger and we await his return so that we can do something in kind. (you can click on these to see the song list more clearly).
I've always thought that The Kennedy Center looks a bit like an ablutions block - but it does shine at night: