Hello from University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio on a balmy April day. No, I’m not the one laying in a hospital bed–I am visiting a good family friend who just had double bypass surgery. Actually, this generous woman has hosted a number of private recitals at her residence. I bring Chinese food and laughter to the unit, and it serves as a good practice break.
The last four weeks have been insane. I had a rough bout with food poisoning the day of a recital, flew to the South for a concerto performance, had two subsequent weeks with multiple performances, and am feeling sorry for myself now with incoming allergies. Ah, well. Plus, I misplaced my sheet music to the Beethoven concerto cadenzas – yikes! Next month, I have Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and then I’m finally done for the season! What a season it’s been, too – twelve months ago, I was in the Cayman Islands, and since then, I’ve performed Brahms, Bruch, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, numerous chamber performances, several recitals, changed residences, served as concertmaster for several weeks…I’m looking forward to a summer of relaxation and vacationing. I will be in northern Ontario for four weeks, and the respite will be well worth it.
The next Cleveland concert is the Beethoven Concerto with the Suburban Symphony on May 17th. This concert will be special for me – not only because it’s a “hometown” concert, but because I will have family, friends, former teachers, and colleagues there. After many concerts where you don’t recognize anyone in the audience, I can’t help but grin when I walk out and see friends and family. Martin Kessler (conductor) has been a standard name in the area, and I look forward to collaborating with him!
I was just discussing next year’s schedule with a family friend here in the unit who just remarked….”So you were in Idaho this year? Isn’t that, like, just east of the Dakotas???” I never fail to be entertained here. Holy moly.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring! I’m loving this warm weather…the oppressive six months of winter in the Midwest finally seems to be giving way to outdoor pool and sunning temperatures. Finally!
Lots of errands to run…I need to get the fiddle repolished, purchase new strings, rehair the bow…the whole kit and kaboodle. Tonight, I’m seeing a preview of a theatrical show, and I have some work this weekend ahead of me. Hoping everyone is have a safe, happy, and productive spring 2009!!!