Dress rehearsal today for our show with New Century and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with whom we're having fun like last time in 2014. Nadja is feeling sentimental because her tenure as Music Director of NCCO is coming to an end. We thought we'd pile it on by addressing Saint-Saens' Serenade directly to her at dress rehearsal today. Opening tomorrow night in Berkeley.
Actually not to Paris really but to Berkeley, SF, Palo Alto, and San Rafael this week with a program called Americans in Paris; the–we hope triumphant-next edition of our collaboration with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and her New Century Chamber Orchestra. Faure, Saint Saens, Gershwin, Porter, remembering Josephine Baker, Blossom Dearie, Efith Piaf. Should be fun!
We performed for a full Kleiner Saal at the Konzerthaus as part of a festival of Americana for our last concert in this amazing tour which has given us indelible memories in 7 countries.
A lot of bus time in the last few days took us from Somborn to Dachau - in heavy traffic- on the day of our concert in the Dachau Palace. A full house in a very grand and beautiful room. many had come from nearby Munich, and our second to last My Secret Heart. Although we had only the evening and early morning there, several of us went before our departure for Berlin to see the camp. We were unable to see most of it because Mike Pence was there at that moment. Passing by a very peaceful demonstration by a group of Germans, we heard a voice call out 'great concert last night.' A woman stepped out of that group to thank us for exemplifying peace and diversity. These are the unexpected rewards of doing what we do.