2012 USA Spring Tour

11/29/2012

Dear Friends!

Having arrived back in Paris just in time to play for the many services for Holy Week at the American Cathedral, I've finally had the opportunity to reflect on begin to internalize all of the wonderful experiences this past tour in the USA afforded.  With ten concerts and several workshops in every corner of the country over the course of a month's time, it truly was rich and diverse musical experience.  I'd like to share a few highlights of the trip with you:

Huntsville, Alabama: While practicing furiously for my first concert, I received the first warning from my hosts concerning the threatening weather that was anticipated to hit the area within the next 24 hours.  Sure enough, with sirens crying away, the greater Huntsville area was pummeled with several dozen tornadoes.  Despite my concert for the Huntsville Chamber Music Guild having to be cancelled, a brave group of perhaps seven or eight individuals joined me in the sanctuary to listen to the program.  These unique circumstances also afforded us the time to discuss the music in quite some depth...always accompanied by the roaring wind and dramatic thunder crashes outside!

De Pere, Wisconsin: It's not every day that one has the opportunity to live as a Norbertine Brother, but at St. Norbert's Abbey, the visiting recitalist joins the brothers in his/her meals and stays right on the premises during his/her time there.  Despite the late night practice sessions, which surely must have tested the patience of many of these kind men, it was a wonderfully quiet and relaxing experience.  

Madison, Wisconsin:  Whatever they are doing in Madison, they are doing it right.  With attendance of close to 800 or 900 people in the Overture Center for a Tuesday evening recital, it was a thrilling feeling to walk out to such energy and address such an enthusiastic audience!

Los Angeles, California: What does one do with a 346-rank organ?  Practice. Practice a bit more...and then practice yet a bit more!  I will never forget spending 10 hours registering the Bach Passacaglia on the enormous organ of the First Congregational Church - even with a rather conservative registrational scheme of some six combinations!  Demanding as it might be, the end result was so worth the some 60 hours of registration and rehearsal - one can conjure some extraordinary effects between those four instruments!

I could go on and on about each concert indeed!  Thank you to all of those who were so instrumental in making this one of the most enjoyable, memorable, and inspiring tours.  What a wonderful way to prepare oneself for the rigor oh Holy Week that lies ahead...!  

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