21. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Ending up in a location that doesn’t have wireless, I am unable to post much. I’m currently sitting at Starbucks. Yes. Really. It’s the only way I can manage to post if I don’t want to use our cell service.

Today was the first rehearsal (of three) for “Concert #2″ in Mendocino. I have one solo in the Rachmaninoff that is, truly, a solo: no one else plays and the conductor just lets me do my thing. Nice! We have only two more rehearsals and then a performance. The Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 is a LOT of notes and a challenge to put together in such a short time. The other two works (a new work called Night Flower, by Julian Waterfall Pollack, and the Sibelius Violin Concert) shouldn’t be difficult (and I don’t play the latter).

It’s great fun to be in this amazing location. I’ve met some new people and have already struggled to remember names. I need to work on the name skill … I’m just awful at that. Truly the WORST with names.

I was hoping to go out and shoot a lovely sunset, but we are rather socked in so no sun is to be seen. Oh well … maybe I’ll get a sunset one of these evenings. I can hope. I did manage to get to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. It’s a spectacular place and I’ll go back at least once and I hope even more.

Meanwhile, I’m lost without wireless, yet I think it’s probably good that I’m not in a home with it because I’m sure I’d just hide away in the room and browse the web. (Instead I’m hiding away at Starbucks … hmm ….)

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