Last night’s concert at the Enescu Festival was even more packed than the first concert; and with good reason: a great program and a great soloist! The orchestra opened with Enescu’s, “Overture on Romanian Folk Tunes.” Yefim Bronfman then joined Zubin and the IPO in Brahm’s Second Piano Concerto. “Fima” also played an encore, the Second Liszt-Paganini Etude. After intermission the orchestra returned to play Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

Enescu Festival- TV, Radio and Concert

Enescu Festival- TV, Radio and Concert

In this busy week, we have three days of flights with concerts on the same day: Paris to Bucharest, Bucharest to Madrid and Madrid to Rimini. It’s like flying three times to Europe, and while in the evening keeping a full concert schedule.

crowded airplane

crowded airplane

In my immediate surroundings on the plane, there was a variety of activities to fill the time: embroidery (watch out for Dalit’s needle), reading (Teddy is reading in Romanian with a dictionary on his lap), movies on the computer (Nir and his Mac), chess (Marcel and Paulina), sleeping (head back-mouth open) , orchestra politics and/or gossip (Adi and Merrill), and of course announcements about the evenings’ rehearsal before the concert (groans) and the suitcase delivery upon landing (“take your own bag if you want to be certain to get it!) The prize for using airplane time wisely is Gadi who practices on an electronic sax using playback and earphones!

Marcel and Paulina playing chess, and Gadi is practicing

Marcel and Paulina playing chess, and Gadi is practicing

Lunch at the hotel started at 15:00, and the surprise of the day is that Zubin decided to cancel the evening rehearsal before the concert; now that’s a great dessert!

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