Thursday, August 22, 2019

[49] Faculty Concert at Chamber Music Conference of the East, Bennington, VT | #1Summer50Concerts #ConcertGetaway

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WHO: Faculty of Chamber Music Conference of the East
WHAT: SCOTT WHEELER Piano Trio No. 2 "Camera Dances"; HINDEMITH Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24 No. 2; BRAHMS Piano Quintet, Op. 34
WHERE: Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
WHEN: August 3, 2019 at 8:00pm

An abridged list of things I did during my week at Bennington:
  • Play the Beethoven "Ghost" trio
  • Play Shostakovich's 7th string quartet
  • Play a Beethoven quartet (Op. 18 No. 6, for those who are counting)
  • Play a Mendelssohn quartet (Op. 12)
  • Explain to my friends approximately 47 times that yes, I go to a music camp that requires me to learn four full pieces in one week, and yes, this is my idea of fun
  • Get called a masochist approximately 47 times
  • Have a conversation with the Bennington College music librarian that ended with, "I'm so glad that score of Schoenberg's Book of the Hanging Gardens (which was on sale for $2 at the annual music sale) is going to a good home." Why yes, I'll feed it and water it and turn it towards the sunlight, just like I do with the rest of my....scores?
  • Read Shostakovich's second piano trio (read: really really hard) with one of those pianists who is like "oh yeah, I'm just sightreading" and then proceeds to nail 90% of the notes at full tempo. She may be reading this. She knows who she is.
  • Eat lots of dining hall food, reminding me that yes, I am happy to have a kitchen this upcoming year
  • Pitch the #1Summer50Concerts project approximately 47 times
  • Explain approximately 47 times that yes, I went to 50 concerts and yes, I enjoyed myself
  • Get called a masochist approximately 47 times
  • Blog while sitting on a bench that overlooks miles and miles of open field (with a little path weed-whacked into it so people can go on walks through the waist-high grass) while listening to Alexandre Tharaud's recordings of the last three Beethoven piano sonatas (would recommend)
  • Explore said open field, for shits and giggles
  • Come across a mystical forest path that looked something like this:
  • Enter the forest path
  • Come out the other side to this view:
  • Scare a mama deer a little further down the path
  • Stargaze
  • Obsess over shoes and Bruno Helstroffer (the world's sexiest lute player) with a group of snarky childless 40-somethings
  • Sweat. A lot. The music building wasn't air conditioned.
An unabridged list of things I did not do during my week at Bennington:
  • Sleep

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