Las Vegas, NV

Dear Readers,

Greetings from Las Vegas, where fortunes are made and lost and classical music sometimes finds its way into the calendar. I was here this week to work with the orchestra of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The audience was very enthusiastic and the students magnified that energy, giving our performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto their all, and we had a great time.

I enjoy coming to Vegas, although I am not by any stretch of the imagination a clubber or a gambler. The weather is always warm, the people-watching is superb, the accommodations are fittingly campy, and the shows (particularly Cirque du Soleil) are superb. It’s like a zoo with exhibits of free-range people. There are so many good musicians here; I like eavesdropping at the lounges and listening to the bands or the jazz singers or pianists. This is a town of professional entertainers. And shopping. The sales are on this week, but I can only look at so many products before I begin to feel hypnotized.

This week I gave myself a bit of a mental breather, focusing my musical life only on the rehearsals and concert. In my spare hours, I explored, wandered, bought half-price cardigans, and watched movie after movie. It was nice to take those luxuries of time.