Things got a little busy on tour, so I couldn’t keep up with the daily entries. I’m home now, and it’s hard to believe it’s all over. Overall, the tour went really well – as good as I could have expected. A few highlights:
- Domaine Forget has a great concert hall. It’s in a small village called Saint-Irénée on the north shore of the St. Lawrence. The orchestra did two student matinee concerts, and the acoustics were amazing- why can’t all halls be this good?
- The concert in Montreal was a huge success. Pinchas and the orchestra played their best concert of the tour, and were rewarded with a standing ovation and a rave review in The Montreal Gazette. There’s been a lot of discussion about the orchestra’s artistic identity, and this tour really affirmed that we’re headed in the right direction.
- Bronwen met me in Montreal for the last two nights of the tour. It’s the first time we’ve been on tour together since Vancouver in 1999, which seems like a lifetime ago. I can’t remember the last time we both got to laze around in bed in the morning.