Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beethoven in Philly

On Sunday, we went to Philadelphia to play Beethoven's 9th Symphony at a church in Brynn Mawr. The church was beautiful and I'm told it was a great performance, which is, ya know, great.

Nathan, his parents, Parker, and I got into Philly relatively early in the day so we could see some sights. Parker goes to school with me at ASU (he plays french horn) and had never been to Independence Hall, or Philly I think, so I got hella excited that he was getting to see some historical sights for the first time.

We did what had to be done and got cheesesteaks at Geno's. My goodness they were good. And next door are some really good cannoli, too. I mean my stomach may not have been happy, but I sure was.
We got stuck in Pride Parade traffic, played some Beethoven, went to Chinatown for food and bubble tea, and swung by The Curtis Institute of Music because we are nerds.
It was a wonderful day with the Huhta's and Parker. Such a fun day trip!! I'll be rounding off NMF this weekend with performances on Thursday and Saturday nights. 

Until next time,

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Where I Am (For Now, Anyway)

I'm in Chestertown, Maryland at the National Music Festival! I've actually been here for a week, if you didn't already know via Facebook or Instagram. I'm here with friends from FSU (new and old) and am reunited/living in a DORM, yes a dorm, with my best-friend-sister Rachel.
We're rehearsing and performing on and around the campus at Washington College. It's quite beautiful. The town is quaint, the people are so kind. The weather has been unreal (when it's not raining--it IS the east coast, after all).
Some of our old/new friends are staying with a host family who have the most glorious property I've ever been invited to enjoy. It is blissful. After rehearsals the past few days, we've gone back there with our friends Adam and Nathan to hammock and kayak and canoe. They have dogs (one a puppy!) and cats! I mean it's too good to be true.
Hey, Mom!
We saw deer, a fox, a raccoon, bunnies, and blue jays on or around their property. I took my Nikon and got some great photos that I'll share later on. (Not sure why all of my photos look pixelated--they aren't pixelated before I put them in a post, so I have no idea what's going on--do they look messed up to you, too??)

It's been a blast making new friends and being around friends that I already know so well. When we all get together, it's like we never left FSU. Even the long rehearsals are insanely fun. Great orchestra repertoire (Beethoven 9 and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique!) and great musicians.

Looking forward to the rest of this week, next, and then spending some time with Logan in DC!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Over the Weekend // Santa Fe, NM

Okay, so maybe it was over the weekend almost a month ago but WHATEVER here are the photos anyway. Better late than never, right?

We ate, drank, and played a lot of Bananagrams. Thank you for inviting us, Rachel, your parents have a beautiful home! It was a great trip.
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