Champagne for Beethoven
Our final concert of the season took place a few weeks ago in Colorado. It was the first time we performed the Mozart Divertimento and all of us were pleased by the performance. Usually there are mixed reviews but this time we all thoroughly enjoyed the creativity and spontaneity of it. After a year of programming the work, it started feeling like “home” to me. I don’t know how else to describe it, but we were in the zone!
We also performed our newest Beethoven and after my short talk about the piece, the girls were trying their best to hold it together. It never ceases to amaze me how silly I can sound when I speak in front of an audience. I credit that to dropping my highschool speech class. I am practicing, hopefully improving, by the performance but after one of those speeches it usually takes me a few minutes to settle into the music. What else can I say about our Beethoven performance? Celebratory cocktails! Our first Beethoven rehearsal was interrupted midway by somebody suggesting that we “take a break” for champagne and St. Germain. I had gotten engaged two days before and Julie showed up in Colorado with the makings of my favorite girly drink! Needless to say, the second half of Beethoven rehearsal didn’t happen that day. This is not to say we didn’t rehearse more before the concert; we did find more rehearsal time between frequenting the coffee houses and hiking in the national park.
One of my favorite things about being a musician is traveling to a great location and enjoying what it has to offer. One of my favorite things about being part of the Albers Trio is doing this with my sisters!