Daisy Swanson, violin & viola
Nathan Nguyen, violin
Melinda Coffey Armstead, organ
Beethoven – Duet for Violin and Viola No. 3: Aria con Variazioni
J. W. Kalliwoda – Duo Op. 116 No. 2 for two violins: Allegro Moderato
J. W. Kalliwoda – Duo Concertant Op. 181 No. 1 for two violins:
Allegro Vivace – Adagio – Allegro Assai
E. Grieg – Sarabande from the Holberg Suite, arr. by Fabrizio Ferrari
Mazas – Duo Op. 38 No. 5: Rondo-Allegretto
So an American man has a car accident in Sydney, Australia. Wakes up in the hospital the next day, feels terrible. A nurse comes in, he says, “Did you bring me in here to die?” She says, “No, yister-die.”
This is a joke you might expect Bob, to tell, with breathtaking self-confidence, in Australia, and you would be right. He got two stony silences, three laughs and one red (angry) face. He wanted to explain the joke to the angry guy, but I said we had to be somewhere. The implied worst-case alternative was a long wrist in a symmetry (a long rest in a cemetery).
Otherwise we had a splendid time in Australia and New Zealand. The rain came at exactly the right time to clear the air in Sydney, which has been plagued with smoke from brush fires around New South Wales over many weeks, so that we breathed clear air. We took a cruise from Sydney which circled New Zealand (north and south islands), with about eight on-shore excursions. One of these was to a sheep station near the coastal town of Akaroa, where we got to watch a team of border collies round up and herd sheep around VERY steep (maybe sixty degrees) hillsides. If Bob tells you he detected a familiar behavior pattern among these lovely, intelligent, energetic dogs, just smile patiently and change the subject.
We are so pleased to welcome once again talented young violinists Daisy Swanson and Nathan Nguyen.