Sorry for the delay in posting! We had some connectivity issues, but will be updating you about the last two days throughout today.
We left Berlin early Tuesday morning to head to the beautiful city of Halle. It was quite a long drive from Berlin, about two-three hours, so most of us slept on the bus. Those of us who didn’t sleep enjoyed the German countryside.
After arriving in Halle, our first and main destination was the Händel Haus! As all of us have played at least one piece by Händel, including a Wind Symphony performance of ‘The Royal Fireworks,’ it was quite an amazing opportunity to experience the house where this great composer was born.
Original Sheet Music for the Royal Fireworks
The Händel museum was full of amazing facts and artifacts from Händel’s lifetime. Students enjoyed viewing original copies of Händel’s sheet music, and one student, Gyasu Bajracharya, had the opportunity to play on a harpsichord and organ from Händel’s period.
One of Händel’s Harpsichords
The museum didn’t just have information on Händel, however, it also had a great collection of period instruments. Students enjoyed exploring the collection and spotting early versions of their instrument.
After we left the Händel Haus, students had the opportunity to explore the city of Halle for lunch. Most students headed to the town square where there were a variety of food trucks available.
After lunch, we loaded the bus once more and headed to Leipzig. After checking into the hotel, students gathered their things and loaded the bus to head to our concert location at the Gewandhaus in Mendelssohn Hall, home of the world-famous Leipzig orchestra. It was quite an amazing opportunity for our ensemble to perform in such a fantastic and historical space.
The ensemble was very pleased with our playing after the concert. The German people who came to see us greatly enjoyed our performance, so much so that some of them asked for Dr. McCutcheon and Dr. Marx’s autographs! Students could not have been happier with the quality of their work.
After the performance, we headed to a restaurant for a late dinner before heading to the hotel for bed. Stay tuned to hear about our next adventure in Leipzig on Wednesday!