So Thursday (March 6) marked the beginning of our
tour! We had all decided to meet at 7:45 am at the Radisson Warwick hotel
to catch the Lady Liberty shuttle to the airport. I'm not much of a
morning person in general, so I began by getting a coffee for the shuttle
ride. We got to the airport around 8:15 am and we checked in and went
through the security. Anymore, you have to get there so early just to get
through the security lines! We hung out around the gate for a
while. I tried to start reading an assignment for my Language and
Literature class, but I get ridiculously distracted by noises in general, so I
didn't really read that much. Finally, we boarded the plane.
The flight was short and sweet. Vicki and I were seat buddies for the
plane. We both tried to get some shut eye, but as usual on planes, it's
practically impossible to sleep! Also, I hate it when I'm sleeping on a
plane and I miss my in-flight drink! I mean, what do you do if you're
sleeping and you STILL want your in-flight drink? Do you leave your tray
table down? Sometimes that seems to work... Anyhow, we landed at
around 11:00 which was 15 minutes earlier than the estimated time of arrival
which was sweet!
We got off the plane and walked over to baggage claim. I don't think I've
ever seen such a slow conveyor belt in my life! After picking up our
luggage, we headed over to the rental car area. As Mr. Diaz and Margo
were getting the car, Bella, Vicki, Yu-Wen, and I had a nice little bonding
talk about how music is EXTREMELY distracting while trying to study. I
kinda thought I was the only person who felt that way... When we walked
out to our car, I noticed that we had rented a MONSTER VAN for the six of
us! It was pretty intense! As we were driving, everyone was getting
hungry. In particular, Bella felt compelled to read the name of every
restaurant and fast food joint in Maine.
We decided we would check into the hotel first and then we would get some food.
We checked into our hotel around 12:30. It was sweet that I got my own
room! I like having the option to be
alone when I want, and I can always invite people to hang out if I want
to. My room was really nice and quite
spacious! The TV had most of my favorite
channels which was pretty sweet too! We
dropped off our stuff and left to get food at 12:40. Mr. Diaz recommended the Brunswick Diner, so
we all decided to go there. It was
unbelievably delicious! I got a bowl of
seafood chowder and a smoked turkey club.
After I ate, I just wanted to go back to the hotel and sleep, but our
rehearsal was scheduled in Studzinski Hall from 2-5. We had to drive right off to rehearse!
The hall was beautiful!
I had the opportunity to play in the same hall last summer. The sound is really pure and clear. We started by running through the Strauss
(Capriccio Sextet). That piece is so
difficult to play when your fingers are cold!
After running it through, we decided to work on some spots which proved
extremely helpful for me. Then we
started working on the Schoenberg (Verklarte Nacht). What’s amazing about this piece to me is that
fact that every time you play it, you notice different things about it. It’s really a great work of chamber music, and
such a pleasure to play it with such great musicians! Also, the fact that we’ll be playing it for
the next two weeks is unbelievable! We
rehearsed the Schoenberg till around 4:30 or so, so we didn’t really leave
quite enough time for the Dvorak Quintet.
We rehearsed the first movement and decided to save the rest for the
next day. Bella, Vicki, Yu-Wen, and I
were supposed to play some quartet stuff for part of afternoon program on
Friday, so we decided to spend the time from 5-6 rehearsing Beethoven’s Op. 95
quartet. It was interesting to play it
as a quartet after having played it as a string orchestra in Carnegie
Hall. It’s such a great piece to work
We went back to the hotel to drop off our instruments,
and then we went out to MJ’s Grill and Tavern in downtown Brunswick, Maine
for dinner. Again, the food was
great! I got a Cedar Planked Atlantic
Salmon entrée, which was awesome! The
seafood is SO great here in Maine! Dinner conversation was full of great stories
by both Mr. Diaz and Margo. It’s always
really cool to hear stories about great artists that seem to deal with the same
mundane issues we all deal with in life…
We went back to the hotel around 9 and we had some time to just chill out and get re-grouped for the next day. We have to get an early start tomorrow, so I think I'm going to head off to sleep! Enjoy and I'll write again tomorrow...
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