After a wonderful breakfast, we boarded the buses for a tour of the Prague castle. Truly, an incredible area of the city! The students were “wowed” as they heard our guides, Karel and Otto, offer historical insights about the buildings and the great effort that was required to build the castle–requiring 1000 years to finish!
After lunch, we arrived at our concert site–St. Simon and Judah Church–a magnificent space, now several hundred years old.
Because this was our first performance, we invested a good deal of time in our rehearsal/soundcheck. The great news is that the investment paid excellent dividends, for our concert was very strong! The audience of 400+ seemed to enjoy it thoroughly, offering lengthy applause following each piece.
My colleague, Karrin Meffert-Nelson, performed beautifully on her clarinet solo, “Riffs for Lennie,” and my former colleague, David Fienen performed equally well on his Bach organ work. I am so very pleased and honored that they are part of this tour! I must mention also that the instrument on which Dr. Fienen performed was also played by W. A. Mozart!
We are off to a great beginning!
Tomorrow, on our way to Poland . . .