“He nods, as if to acknowledge that endings are almost always a little sad, even when there is something to look forward to on the other side.” ― Emily Giffin
Now that the dust has settled and the musicians have flown off to their next concerts and performances around the world, I have some time to catch up on my blogs about the Festival du Musique de la Vallee du Cougain. Today’s posting is about the final Gala Concert in the church in the tiny village of Castelreng, France. After a solid week of five performances in six days, I expected the musicians to be running on empty and somewhat irritable (at least that’s how I tend to react), but I found just the opposite. They were upbeat and excited about the challenge of playing some very heavy-weight classical pieces: Luigi Boccherini String Quintet in C, Op. 42 No.2, and Johannes Brahms Quintet for piano and four strings in F minor Op. 34. In addition, there was a solo violin piece of Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor. All significant works. And the crowd was excited as well. The little village of Castelreng has just around 180 inhabitants, yet the church was filled to overflowing with 250 people, some from even as far away as Paris and the US. And it was very hot that day so the little church, even at 9pm, was still very warm. As my mentor, Thomas D. Willhite used to say;
“Nothing exciting ever happens in a refrigerator; you have to turn up the heat”.
And the evening was hot and exciting.
Here are a few snippets from the concert:
Boccherini, the first 2 minutes of the first movement:
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If you have enjoyed these posts and would like to give us a hand, we are still over £1,800 short of our £4,000 fund-raising goal to pay for the professional photographers who filmed the entire festival. You can go to the Young Virtuosi website to make a donation through Just Giving, send a check to Young Virtuosi (any major currency gladly accepted), or click on our special crowd-funding site: Bloom VC. We will send you thank you gifts of a CD and a special 2013 T-shirt for your support. And of course, plan your summer holidays in France in 2014 around our next festival, July 7-19 (more accurate concert dates coming shortly). Here are a few pics from one of the outdoor markets to whet your appetite for a visit next year: Thank you from all the musicians and staff of the 2013 Young Virtuosi Music Festival: Tight Lines . . . John R Childress firstname.lastname@example.org