In July 2016 I spent a month in Europe. My first real vacation in quite some time, it was a beautiful experience from start to finish. NMPAS had just finished our season on July 3rd. On July 5th I got on a plane to Munich, and left everything behind to enjoy music and a pilgrimage on the Camino.
When I arrived in Munich, a dear friend and colleague from the Bavarian State Opera met me at the airport. Reminder #1 of our life in Munich (1984-1993) was the great regional train system that took us right to her door! That first day we took the S-Bahn to the Starnberger See, one of Franz’s and my favorite places in Bavaria.
Things started off quickly with a six-hour rehearsal for two concerts on that first weekend. There wasn’t much time for jet lag, but the opportunity to play again with our violin, flute and piano trio was too tempting. Our pianist, Kazue Weber-Tsuzuki, reminded Jane Berger and me that the last time we played together was 26 years ago!
A week in Munich and Augsburg was all too short, but Paris and the Camino awaited me. Stay tuned for tales of training it to Paris, two fantastic meals at a creperie and French bistro, and another train trip to Pamplona.