Monday, August 28, 2006

Greetings from Luzerne!

Good morning from picturesque Luzerne!

Spending a few days in one city is always a treat for the musicians - it gives us a chance to unpack, settle in, and really explore the town. This place is right out of a postcard: a sparkling lake, the Swiss Alps, and charming buildings decorated with flowers overflowing from window boxes. Luzerne definitely makes my top-5 list of beautiful cities.

As for my pre-tour to-do list, I'm pretty much staying on track. "Quiet time" each day, correspondence, a little shopping, practice, and exercise. At the beginning of our journey, I challenged my colleagues, Ricardo Morales, Paul Demers, and Daniel Matsukawa to do 40 push-ups and 100 sit-ups a day with the penalty of missing a day having to treat the others to a drink the following evening. After much complaining and a few days of sore muscles, we are in to Day 7 and none of us have missed a day and are all feeling stronger. Keeping each other accountable makes it much more difficult to skip a day and the exercise helps to stave off the inevitable weight gain associated with a minimum of two chocolate croissants a day -- not to mention cheese, sausages, and beer.

Concerts have all been well-received with full houses and long ovations. What a privilege to represent our fair city in concert halls around the globe! Tonight we give our final performance of three here and then are rewarded with a day off. Perhaps for a change, some more cheese, sausages and beer are in order...


At 12:24 PM, Blogger MuFeng said...

Hey David,

Come on! Only forty push-ups? I still do fifty every day, and am coming up to age 59 in a couple of months.

Hope you guys are having a great time otherwise, and may you continue to have many successes.

Craig Sheppard
Seattle, WA

At 7:38 AM, Blogger jim said...

David, Have just discovered this blog while wondering, dreaming really, what beautiful sites and sounds my folks were enjoying as PhilOrch groupies! Thank you for addressing my needs :-) and please extend my thanks to your colleagues for keeping me abreast of the wonderful concerts you're performing... and places you're visiting. Finally, please say hi to my folks, too! Jim Buck, Bryn Mawr, PA


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