Beethoven, Pines, fruits, vegetables

Last week we had two shows at the Brott festival. On Friday we played The Poulenc double piano concerto, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Beethoven 5, and a premiere of a piece written by one of the professors at the college we were performing at for that concert, Redeemer University College. I played 1st on the two Beethoven pieces and 2nd on the Poulenc and the new work. I had never played or heard the Choral Fantasy before this concert cycle... it's a very strange piece, which starts with an extended piano solo which then goes into the "Finale" which constitutes most of the piece. About 3/4 of the way through the work, the choir finally comes in, and the main theme is a kind of prototype of Ode to Joy. Verrry strange... also a scary 16th note passage near the beginning for 1st bassoon! It all went great, though, and the concert seemed well-received overall. Here is a review of that show. Then on Sunday, we played Bruch's Violin Concerto, a piece called Martlet's Muse written by the Maestro's father, Alexander Brott-- which, strangely enough, is about McGill University-- Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, and Pines of Rome. I played principal for Pines and second for everything else. I'm pretty sure I nailed the opening lick :P but it's kind of hard to actually tell! That concert was especially fun because the orchestra had to bring in extra musicians, so there were plenty of new people. I had recommended my friend Kevin, who was in NYO for the past 2 years with me, so he came in to play contra and did a great job. The soloists for the night were Martin Beaver on violin and NicolΓ² Eugelmi on viola, and they both did masterclasses the next day for the strings. During that same time the brass had a masterclass with horn player Chris Gongos, and the winds had a masterclass with flutist Leslie Newman.

Today we have a day off, and my housemates and I went to this crazy produce place! It's called Fiddles Wholesale Produce, and it's operated in this warehouse out back of a residential house. They just have a warehouse floor and two giant walk-in freezers, and you fill a cart and a guy with a calculator figures out how much you owe (cash only). It's way better quality than the supermarket and about half the price-- I didn't tabulate everything that I got but my housemate Lara did, and for $30 she got: 5 peppers, a bunch of bananas, an avocado, sweet potato, onion, 5 nectarines, an orange, 2 pints of baby tomatoes, basil, grapes, green beans, a kiwi, a pint of blueberries and a big container of raspberries. I got a similar haul, including a giant thing of lettuce that will keep our six-person house well-fed, salad-wise, for quite a while.

Sign at the F.W.P warehouse

For the next week we have a bit of a break on the repertoire, since it's two pops shows. The first one is Frank Sinatra, and the second is a SECRET. I'm not kidding, I actually can't tell you. I can tell you to come to the show after that, though, which is Broadway, and the one after that, which is three different versions of the Romeo and Juliet story-- Prokofiev's, Tchaikovsky's, and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. You can browse the concerts here.

I aw this bunny outside of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre!

Before the Beethoven 5 concert, we went to a restaurant in Ancaster that gives you free cotton candy at the end of your meal.

I found this deer waiting next to the bus stop opposite our house as I came home from a run one day.