Now, I am a cheap graduate student, so I put this together very cheaply. I used my phone’s 2 MP camera, a desktop wallpaper, GIMP image processing software and some time. Obviously the phone picture is not going to be the best, so I disguised it with transparency in GIMP and used a picture that did have better resolution. I then used Google Picasa to do the last little touch-ups, and there you have it.
I discovered GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Progrm) during my time using Linux (which is also free!). It’s a free program that has much of the functionality of Adobe Photoshop. It’s really very nice. Some of the shortcuts are different than Photoshop, so don’t expect there to be no learning curve at all. But if you do have a computer, then this is a very cheap way to change your photos without having to go out and blow hundreds on the expensive stuff.
Anyway, my recital is on April 3 at the New Mexico State University choir room. Composers whose work is being performed will include Haydn, Argento, Brahms, Faure, Chausson, Barber and Donizetti. Yes, it’s a lot of singing. But the selections are very good, and I think I have enough balance between emotional stuff and fun stuff.