With a 3:30 rehearsal (Heldenleben, Mozart 40, Egmont, Ben Haim) and a 7:00 concert, IPO players wasted no time in getting out to Nature. Hotel bicycles were reserved within minutes, players went swimming in the lake and it was a 2 km. stroll to the castle.

I was wandering in downtown Hammelinne when I met Sasha by the house where Jean Sibelius was born. We had a private tour, seeing Sibelius’ piano, family artifacts and original manuscripts of the Seventh Symphony, Finlandia and Waltz Triste.

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