Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tour Begins

Here we are in Frankfurt - one of Europe's major financial centers. This is an unusual city in that the architecture is such a dramatic mix of old and new; historic old churches standing shoulder to shoulder with stainless steel skyscapers. As we walk to and from the hall and through the surrounding pedestrian malls, we run in to colleagues and the same three subjects seem to come up again and again:

1) "How'd you sleep?" (usually not very well due to jetlag)
2) "Have you found a good internet connection somewhere?" (cafe across the street from the hotel)
3) "Found any good places to eat?" (yes - but nothing spectacular)

It's all about sleep, Internet, and food.

We held our first rehearsal this morning at the famous Alte Oper hall. The first rehearsal of the tour is usually a bit rusty as folks still have not changed their body clocks and have been away from their instruments for 2 or 3 days. The hall is lovely with excellent acoustics. Now I sit outside at the Mercedes-Benz Dealership Cafe across from the hotel, with colleagues Daniel Matsukawa (bassoon) and Paul Demers (bass clarinet), sipping coffee and burying our heads in our laptops. Soaking up news from home, blogging, and enjoying the cosmopolitan feel of this wonderful spot.

After tonight's concert, we move on to lovely Luzerne tomorrow.

More later...


At 9:31 AM, Blogger siss989 said...

What is the name of the hotel where everyone is staying in lucerne?

At 3:28 PM, Blogger David Kim said...

Half the orchestra stayed at the Hotel Schweizerhof in the center of the city and the others stayed at the Burgenstock Hotel in the mountains.



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