I've spent the past two weeks playing with the Milwaukee Symphony. The first week's program consisted of Brahms' Haydn Variations, the Chaconne from John Corigliano's score to the movie, "The Red Violin" and Dvorak's 7th Symphony. Joshua Weilerstein conducted and MSO concertmaster, Frank Almond performed the violin solo on the Corigliano.
In between weeks there I had a few days off, so I traveled to Illinois to visit my parents and celebrate my father's 83rd birthday. It was a restful and enjoyable couple of days. I went for two nice runs on the Jane Addams Trail.
Back in Milwaukee, our next week of concerts featured four colorful pieces: Ravel Mother Goose Suite, Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with Ingrid Fliter as piano soloist, Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Debussy's La Mer.
Section for La Mer: Rudi Heinrich, myself, Joshua Fleming and Beth Giacobassi
Our conductor for this week was the fine, but quirky Jun Märkl.
During the week, Beth invited me to give a class for her students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
I enjoyed a couple of long runs on the Oak Leaf Trail and visited the Colectivo Coffee Bar in a re-purposed pump house right on Lake Michigan. My guest there was former MSO piccolo player and former Clevelander, Judy Ormond.
I also met Rudi for coffee at the Anodyne Coffee Bar located in the Bay View neighboorhood.