We were super lucky with the weather especially with our travels up north to Grande Prairie and Slave Lake. The audiences in these communities were so eager to see and hear the 2 pianos – both concerts were the first classical concerts to be presented on the series. Not any pressure there! There was such an excitement in the air that it was almost overwhelming. Our audience in GP was probably the youngest – we were told the average age in GP is around 32. It was great to see so many young people and enthusiastic piano students out. We were happy to hear a couple of local students play before our performance in Slave Lake and were very warmly welcomed by the community. Some of our dear friends came out to hear us in Spruce Grove- it was so nice to catch up with them. Now on to Athabasca and then Fort McMurray tomorrow night. Homeward bound after that!
What a crazy week in Calgary! We had so much fun playing with our great colleagues of the Red Deer Symphony over the past week. Last night was the big event – Poulenc concerto and Marcel’s new piece. We were so happy the musicians enjoyed playing the piece(and we very much enjoyed playing with them!) and it was an absolute thrill to see the audience’s response to it.
On Saturday evening we played a concert in Bragg Creek – had a wonderful time re-connecting with so many great friends! We particularly enjoyed playing again at the community hall there as it brought back a whole bunch of wonderful memories of playing with colleagues on various occasions years ago. The next day we were invited over to our friends place – they are building a spectacular home(with concert hall!). Later on we went to Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos to rehearse once again on the fabulous Bechstein and Fazioli!
We had a wonderful time performing the last couple of nights! First in my hometown of Medicine Hat at the beautiful Esplanade. We had 2 concerts – one school show for 700 students followed by a masterclass and then the full concert in the evening for a very enthusiastic audience! What great venue to play in! So many friends and family were in attendance – and was great to catch up with so many of them after the concert.
Last night we were in Brooks at the Griffin Park Theatre – lovely space and super turn out as well!
Had a great tour launch event yesterday afternoon at Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos on their beautiful instruments – a Bluthner and Fazioli 9′ concert grands. Great turn out and super to see our former colleagues, students and friends!