Oh, my goodness, Sunday was warm and sunny! After a full day of performances on Saturday in Zurich, there is a second very full day of performances in Bern.
Walking to the theater, it was a treat to discover children playing in the dancing fountain on the Bundesplatz.
The second open house concert day was held in the Konzerthaus in Bern.
There were 11 blocks of music, beginning at 10 am. Each block had a distinct focus, and began on the hour. Various lengths of intermission between the blocks allowed the audience the flexibility to come and go. An enthusiastic core of music lovers stayed from the initial violin solo by Vivaldi in the morning until the final note of a Mozart piano concerto echoed into silence in the evening. The day was a musical journey. Solos and concertos, quintets, choirs and orchestra, new music and familiar tunes were performed by colleagues and friends, all organized by the Director of the NZO, Martin Studer.
The day was of dancing fountains, clouds in organza ribbons, and winter coats open to the October sun. To sit as if to be quiet and to feel the stirrings of music was to hear the songs of the angels around us.
It was my pleasure to perform again with the NZO, presenting the Copland songs and an aria from Handel’s Messiah.
Preparing for my performances, it was quite special to have the key to the Soloist’s dressing room!