For three weeks, I’m going to shift the focus of this blog from reminiscences to travel diary. Carl and I have been so fortunate to have been able to travel to places outside the island of Oahu and in many cases, our travels have directly impacted the course of the LCH music program.
For example, even though Carl had thought for years about doing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, it was not until we visited Leipzig and walked into St. Thomas (Bach’s church) that Carl said, “Hmmm . . . the distance between the gallery and the front of the chancel isn’t THAT much bigger than LCH . . . I can see how Bach had the choirs separated but were still able to sing together.”
And the idea for the four-harpsichord concert came about when we attended Trevor Pinnock’s farewell in London. Remember that insanity? On October 26-27, 2007, LCH’s Abendmusiken concerts (repeated) called Harpsichords 1-2-3-4, Violins 3-4 featured six concertos by Bach and Vivaldi. We started with the Bach’s Concerto in A major for one harpsichord, followed by Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for four violins, followed by the Concerto in C major for two harpsichords; Intermission, then it was the Concerto in D minor for three harpsichords, then the Concerto in D major for three violins, and the grand finale was the Concerto in A minor for four harpsichords. Like eating six German chocolate cakes in one sitting!
We are off tonight for three weeks in France! It will be Carl’s first-ever visit to Paris, and it will be my first since I spent a summer studying organ with French virtuoso, Marcel Dupré, right out of high school. Needless to say, my French is a little rusty, but somehow we’ll manage! At this point we are scheduled to visit 14 churches, attend 6 church services, 14 concerts, 4 museums, and 6 chateaux.
We’ll need a vacation from our vacation!