Thursday, June 17, 2010

New York, Seattle, Topeka and more!

This past month has been a whirlwind. Most importantly, though, Nick is now a married man!!!

All the very best to this amazing couple, and of course the other 3/4 of the quartet would like especially to wish Lexi good luck in this next chapter of her life! We've already been married to Nick for about 4 years, we know how it is. Just kidding, Nick... :)

So before Nick jetted off to Seattle to get married, we squeezed in one more little performance in none other than Carnegie Hall! Performing Bartok 5 on the stage of the Weill Recital Hall was unforgettable, and pictures will be forthcoming. A few days after, the remainder of the quartet arrived in Seattle to help with wedding preparations/ provide embarrassing stories about Nick for the entertainment of his family. The ceremony was beautiful, resplendent with musical selections befitting the marriage of a quartet violinist and a composer - Lexi walked down the aisle to Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man - if you were not lucky enough to be there, let your imagination wander...

After a couple days back in Austin to catch our breath, we piled into the car and drove 12 hours to Topeka, KS for the Sunflower Music Festival! This festival has an absolutely incredible following in the community - the hall was filled to capacity for every performance! We got a lot of good work done on Beethoven Op. 18 No. 1, and had a blast performing it on Tuesday night. Knowing that we were right smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, we even had a quartet viewing of Twister to get in the mood, and we weren't disappointed; the tornado sirens went off on campus during a thunderstorm! Thinking we were making a big deal out of nothing, our quartet went to bed, only to learn the next morning that the entire faculty and the rest of our floor had been ushered down to a fall out shelter during the night! Apparently everyone thought we were out. I don't know where they got that idea, the Æolus Quartet has a strict 9 PM bedtime... ;)

Thanks for taking the time to catch up with us! Next post will be from Palo Alto, CA!!!!