We Came, We Played, We Conquered
Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
8Trip End Jun 18, 2008
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Everyone had a great night sleep - had a fabulous breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at the hotel -Meats, cheese, cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee. It was yummy. On the bus at 9:00 a.m. met our local guide and interpreter named "Santa" or Saint. She took us to visit the Castle of the Sforza dynasty, the Teatro alla Scala (La Scala- famous opera house) and the Duomo (cathedral).
La Scala was amazing. Before we went to the Museum we actually got to go inside and look around the theatre. It was breathtaking!!! We were all wishing we could get dressed up and go to the opera (even Craig.... ha ha) It was that amazing. We stood in awe for some time..... We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the theatre although I think a few kids got a couple of snapshops before being clapped at. In the lobby we did take a group picture around the bust of Mascagni (he wrote Cavalleria Rusticana.) Afterwards we went to the La Scala Museum
The Duomo was next. Beautiful design/construction and restoration. It was incredible....some took the stairs/elevator all the way up to get a city wide view of Milan. Spectacular.
We then went into little groups. Students had their lunch/gelato money and off we all went to eat and shop. Many shopped at H & M, drooled at Prada -even tried on a raincoat (ha ha) and all had a great time.
Back to the hotel for a rest/practice and to get organized.
Got to Pavia (about an hour south of Milan) and went directly to the church - dropped off our instruments and headed for supper nearby.
Supper was a culinary delight! Lasagne to start (Lindsay downed hers in 30 seconds - it was that good ha ha), then turkey and potatoes in this light clear sauce that was just devine and fruit salad for dessert. (Vegetarians - Kimi and Steven had penne pasta and a wonderful salad)
Off to our concert - the church was gorgeous
The students did not know what to expect, but we were all surprised when we started to warm up and could hear the beautiful acustics. The tone was rich and full of life. After each release the sound would just vibrate in "space". It was incredible.
The concert started shortly after 9:00 p.m. we ran our concert as scheduled. The students did an amazing job since we haven't played together since last week and the cellos were still playing on 3/4 sizes. Everything was played beautifully and the audience although sparse (only about 18-20 people beyond our Waterford/tour group people) were very appreciative. We did cut out the St Paul's Suite because of time, but before we even finished the last bars of Czardas the audience was already clapping and on their feet! They asked for an encore so we ended the evening with the Jig from the St Paul's Suite.
It is wonderful for the students to be appreciated for their music and their playing as it stands, and not because of their reputation or because it is expected of them. They were applauded for their musicianship tonight and the students were excited to share their music with others and loved being appreciated for it! I was very proud of them tonight.
All in all -it was a wonderful way to kick off our concert tour.
Exhausted, but happy we returned to our hotel and will be off to Cremona and Genoa tomorrow morning.
Hugs to everyone - all the students are happy, well fed and send their love to their families.
Kathy and Craig
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