Thanks so much to the Spektral gang for taking Vermont by storm! Here is a fun photo blog post by Austin Wulliman, violinist with the Spektral Quartet:
Posted by Austin in Travels
The folks at Scrag Mountain Music have set the bar high for hospitality. Our week in Vermont wasn’t just full of scenic beauty and wonderful people, but some of the best and freshest food we’ve ever had. Bacon and eggs from around the bend on the mountain never tasted better before a marathon rehearsal day! Mary Bonhag and Evan Premo, directors of the series, were extraordinarily gracious…especially since we had a third host, their two-month-old, Glen!
Here’s the story of our week in photos.
Our second day there, we rehearsed all day…and then had another public session in the evening. Rehearsing in front of people really makes things more productive in an urgent way if you choose something early in the learning process! Stay tuned for more of these, Mary and Evan’s idea of the “Very Open Rehearsal” is a great one.
Our run of three shows began Friday, we played a piece by Evan with him sitting in and Mary sang a piece by Earl Kim with us. The quartet played Ades’ “Arcadiana”, the Verdi Quartet and Chris Fisher-Lochhead‘s version of James Blake’s “I Never Learnt to Share”. The greeting party didn’t bother to clean up for us. (Did you catch the theme of the week yet, as well?)
Our final concert was in Montpelier, in a local theater. An incredibly open-minded crowd laughed with us as we gave a ten minute presentation and conversation about Carter’s Second Quartet, as well as playing Wolf’s “Italian Serenade” and repeating Chris’ “I Never Learnt to Share” adaptation. Doyle had an intimate moment with his phone before the audience arrived.
Thanks for everything, Scrag Mountain folk and Vermont in general! One thing I won’t miss: discussions of the pronunciation of “Montpelier” with Aurelien. It’s really embarrassing for all of us when we start trying to pronounce French words.