Yearly Archives: 2009


Anecdote Musikverein

One day around noon, I was at the Musikverein in Vienna, practicing in one of the many dressing rooms in the building. A friend had set up a camera to film my technique for my own study purposes. We had started recording, my friend had stepped out, and I was expecting him back in the (read more…)


Anecdote Musikverein

One day around noon, I was at the Musikverein in Vienna, practicing in one of the many dressing rooms in the building. A friend had set up a camera to film my technique for my own study purposes. We had started recording, my friend had stepped out, and I was expecting him back in the (read more…)


Anecdote with Paste

I don’t enjoy chatting people up on airplanes. That is my time to read, to rest, to tune out, and to be unreachable. I try, in turn, to leave my seatmates alone, to extend to them the same courtesy of privacy and quiet. On one trip, though, I glanced past my neighbor to see what (read more…)


Anecdote with Microphone

Classical concert halls are pretty much all acoustic, which is why audience members can be sticklers for complete quiet. Some outdoor orchestral venues, on the other hand – especially the ones with big lawns – use microphones and speakers to create the same sound at a distance that one would hear onstage. If that were (read more…)


Anecdote with Magazine

Flying from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo, I was reading a very engrossing book when someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was a flight attendant, sticking a folded-over magazine right in my face. “Is this you?” he asked, his voice lofty atop his official sweater vest and navy pants. His finger tapped a familiar (read more…)


Anecdote with Orange Juice

I was standing in line at a restaurant in South America, minding my own business, when a man – curly-haired, middle-aged, and athletic, with antsy eyes – next to me exclaimed loudly, “This is the hot food section!” I was inclined to respond, “Why, yes, that’s why I’m here,” but in the split second between (read more…)


Anecdote with Cookie

Not sure of what my food situation would be on my first trip to South America, I packed various items in my luggage before leaving the States. Rice cakes, canned tuna, etc. As it turned out, I needn’t have worried. A few days into the trip, digging in my suitcase for socks, I discovered two (read more…)


South America

Dear Readers, Here I am again, in an airport, on the floor, my legs stretched out in front of me, my back leaning against the back of someone else’s seat. Not the most comfortable setup, but the only one with a power outlet close to the gate. I’m not sure whether my flight is delayed (read more…)


Sequence

Dear Readers, I am sitting in a European airline lounge. It is ten o’clock on the dot, and the small breakfast buffet offers a full bar. I don’t see anyone drinking yet, though. I wonder why they provide alcohol so early in the morning. Perhaps it is for those who have been up all night, (read more…)


Mr. Snippy

On a flight back to the States in June of 2009: When I arrived in the cabin, my seat neighbor was already settled in. We exchanged nods; he seemed nice enough. Once I was seated, though, he picked up his phone, made a call, and proceeded to complain incessantly and vehemently to the person on (read more…)


Lounge Life

Dear Readers, Good heavens. I’m stuck in an airport again. This time I’m in Manchester. My flight is delayed. I was hoping to sleep soon, on the airplane, but instead I’m sitting in a lounge – ok, not too shabby; it has snacks and a power outlet – with my computer, a glass of water, (read more…)


Very Nice Places to Work

Dear Readers, My shoe got stuck in a crack in the stage last night. Not for long, not badly stuck, but just long enough that I wondered what would have happened had I not been able to yank myself free in the course of a single stride. A collision? A crash? A comedic moment? I’m (read more…)


Masks and Mysteries

Dear Readers, Greetings from Japan! I think a plague may have hit Mibu – in our concert tonight, when I looked out at the hall, at least a third of the audience was wearing medical face masks. I’m not sure whether or not everyone wearing a mask was ill, but the overall visual effect was (read more…)