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Jan 29, 2011

Western Canada Tour - Jan 29, 2011

John Abberger (oboe)

Following our free days in Victoria, we have settled into the usual routine of touring life. We are up each day in time to depart the hotel by around 9:00 AM to travel to the next concert location.

Jan 24, 2011

Western Canada Tour - Jan 24, 2011

John Abberger (oboe)

We are up early on Sunday to catch the ferry to Salt Spring Island. The hall there is small and intimate, and this intimacy reminds us of TSP, but the acoustic suffers in comparison with the generous sound of Alix Goolden.

Jan 23, 2011

Western Canada Tour - Jan 23, 2011

John Abberger (oboe)

We arrived at the hotel here in Victoria, British Columbia on Friday night at about midnight, which was 3:00 AM Toronto time. The weather is considerably warmer than Toronto, which is nice, but I think we are compensating for this with a sleep deficit.

Nov 19, 2010

Baroque Mentors - November 19, 2010

Charlotte Nediger (harpsichord)

This is a quick note to let you all know that our Baroque Mentors visits to universities in London and Windsor were a great success.
Thanks to Christina and Tricia Ahern for working with the Early Music Studio students at UWO.

Oct 22, 2010

Asia Tour - October 22, 2010

Elly Winer (viola)

Today was our last day in China and our final concert of the tour at the Beijing Music Festival. We bussed over to the Forbidden City Concert Hall to find the setup of the stage in chaos. The Beijing stage crew was very late arriving and our staff was hard put to get it all set up for the dress rehearsal. This hall has a wonderful acoustic and a roomy stage, but has very little in the way of lighting.

Oct 21, 2010

Julia Wedman's Grand Tour: Journal Entry 2 - October 21, 2010

Julia Wedman (violin)

It’s my last day of a magical three weeks spent traipsing all over Germany. I am sitting on a train from Berlin to Salzburg. The sky is an incredible mix of dark grey clouds interspersed with crisp cool blue. The trees are covered in leaves of delicate yet magnificent golds, oranges and burnt reds. I almost wish the train wasn’t going so fast so I could spend more time looking at each luminescent scene that passes by my window.

Oct 21, 2010

Asia Tour - October 21, 2010

Elly Winer (viola)

Yesterday, we spent most of the day in transit, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There was some confusion upon arriving: the truck for the set didn't show up and our crew had to wait at the airport until 2:30am.
Today we were free until the bus departure at 3:30pm and most of us went on shopping excursions. Some went to the Cashmere Market, while I led a team to the Pearl Market. After some very heated haggling for pashmina and silk scarves, we headed upstairs to the pearl vendors, an oasis of calm in a frenzied city.

Oct 19, 2010

Asia Tour - October 19, 2010

Elly Winer (viola)

This morning we had an outreach concert for students at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur. We set up and rehearsed in the planetarium and were quite challenged by the lack of space at the front of the auditorium. We had to stand in place for the entire program as there was no room for our choreography. The slides were modified and integrated to their projection system and were very impressive on such a large screen. The audience of students were very appreciative and asked (when prompted under teasing pressure from Jonathan) interesting and relevant questions of the orchestra.

Oct 18, 2010

Asia Tour - October 18, 2010

Elly Winer (viola)

Today we had our dress rehearsal in the concert hall of the twin towers. The hall has a completely wooden interior, like some of the finest European halls we've played in. The new projection screen for the Galileo show was up. This one is much lighter and easier to travel with. The ornate original one was extremely heavy and took hours to set up and take down.

Oct 17, 2010

Asia Tour - October 17, 2010

Elly Winer (viola)

Today, feeling more rested after our day off, we began rehearsals at the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The massive towers have the Malaysian Philharmonic's concert hall contained in the shopping mall of the complex. We were led through the bowels of this building to a tiny rehearsal room, going through gate after gate, much like the final shot of the 70's TV show: Get Smart.