Summer Adventures

Italy was everything I hoped it would be.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had the privilege of attending the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme.

My travel companions Yoonsook, Soojung, Qin, Dr. Thomas, and I.
The path to our hotel. Acqui Terme, Italy.
Leftover from Roman times. Acqui Terme, Italy.

I walked six to eight miles every single day

These feet were made for walking.

and I ate and drank whatever I wanted.

Cappuccino every morning for breakfast.
A typical meal at our hotel. Served buffet style.
My new favorite drink, Aperol Spritz.
Gelato was a refreshing reprieve from the relentless heat.

There was no air conditioning anywhere in Acqui Terme.

Inspired by both caring faculty and fellow students, I made music every single day.

My practice room.
Dana, Sandra and me performing our chamber piece, Ibert’s “Deux Interludes.” So much fun!

During the course of the festival, we enjoyed two days of sightseeing in Milan and Turin;

Duomo di Milano.
La Scala Opera House, Milano.
Egyptian Museum, Torino.
View from atop the National Museum of Cinema in Turin.

then, at the conclusion of the festival, we spent two days sightseeing in Rome,

making wishes and tossing coins into Trevi Fountain,

Trevi Fountain, Rome

touring famous places I had always dreamed of seeing,

Coliseum, Rome.
Borghese Gallery, Rome.
Vatican Museum, Rome.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome (we saw the Sistine Chapel, too, but no photos are allowed in there!)

and eating and drinking some more.

Best pizza ever at Da Baffetto. Yes, that’s an egg in the middle!
Red wine goes with everything.

I learned a lot and made many wonderful memories.

Now I’m making music back home. I’ve played in two formal concerts

I played “Forest Solitude” by Zdenek Fibich. Steinway Galleries, Alpharetta, GA, July 23, 2017.
I played two of my original compositions. University of North Georgia, Gainesville, July 30, 2017.

and enjoyed an evening with friends playing the fifteen solo piano pieces I composed this spring and sharing the stories behind them.

Dave & Julia, dear friends and gracious hosts.

Tomorrow I’m headed to Sedona, Arizona where I will spend two days with Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven recording my music. And that’s just the beginning. But if all goes well, my first solo piano CD will be ready to release on October 13th. I have already booked the recital hall for the next day for a celebration concert.

I will return home late Sunday evening; on Monday, school starts and I will resume full-time teaching.

But for once, I’m not asking myself, “Where did the summer go?”

I know EXACTLY where it went.