10 hours later, here we are in an altogether different region of France, to appear at the Chapelle Corneille Auditorium de Normandie in Rouen. We've been here a few years ago when we appeared in the Cathedral, and three years ago for the festival - Les Musicales de Normandie- in Fecamp. We have a very comfortable bus, and door to door travel is so much preferable to bus, then airports, then more buses. Eating and stretching at road-stops is part of the deal, when you tour.
Last night in Doussard was the world premiere of John Musto's piece set to Archibald MacLeish's poem "The Young Dead Soldiers" written for us for our current Heart of a Soldier program, along with Mason Bates' "Drum-taps" which we premiered at the Kennedy Center last April. The two pieces create very moving moments in this program. Even though they're both set to English poetry, last night's French audience seemed to appreciate them a lot, and we look forward to singing them again tomorrow evening.