HA. Kidding. Greetings from Charles de Gaulle Airport, which, while technically in Paris, is definitely not Paris. But it's a nice airport as they go - particularly the famous "rest area" with its lounge chairs for jet lagged persons such as myself.
It's like a cloudy day on the beach at the airport. Fun!
I'm on my way back from Manchester, UK, where I conducted some groups at the Royal Northern College of Music, met lots of very lovely people, and drank a lot of tea.
I'll be home in Cincinnati for a week before heading out again to conduct the Bernstein Serenade with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Madeline Adkins. I had never heard the piece until very recently - I suspect a lot of us are discovering it together during this Bernstein centennial year - and, oh, folks, what a fantastic piece. I can't wait to start rehearsing it. If you're in town, concert is February 11 - put it on your calendar - we'd love to see you.
As per the blog rules, I leave you with something to listen to - last month's performance of Earle Brown's Centering with Ensemble 4-33 and Ledah Finck, who gave a creative, virtuoso performance on violin. A very different corner of the musical universe than Bernstein's - different universe, entirely, actually - but one that we enjoyed exploring together.