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Pre-Concert Orlando

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Hello from Charles Greenwell!

Of all days we did not need to have travel hassles, this was it:  our longest bus ride of the tour—but we got them anyway.  Probably it was Murphy’s Law in action.  Our drive from Naples to the Tampa area to have lunch was basically OK, but once we left the mall near Tampa and took off for Orlando/Altamonte it started raining, then traffic became so heavy that we were crawling along a good deal of the time, and as a result we arrived at our hotel over an hour late.  This day was certainly draining on the musicians, but I know they will rise to the occasion and play tonight at their usual splendid level.  On the positive side, the concert last evening in Naples at The Philharmonic was a resounding success, and we got a standing, cheering ovation at the end.

That is all for now.  More later from

Charles



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Post-Concert in Naples

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Naples Warm-Up

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Everglades

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Kravis Review

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Off to Naples

Good morning,

This morning, the hotel lobby is buzzing with our musicians eating breakfast.  We load our buses for our trip to Naples at 12noon.  Some of us got up early and met in the lobby (the main lobby area is where our continental breakfast is served) for walking, biking…even motorcycle rides!  As I came in from my walk on the beach, I saw Sasha Mishnaevski (Principal Violist) preparing his motorcycle for the ride to Naples.  Sasha and Craig Rifel (bass) have rented the most incredible tricked-out Harleys for the tour and will be riding to our various tour stops.

What’s been fun about this first portion of our tour is that we’ve been in one hotel for 3 nights.  The orchestra is rested!  I’ve observed my colleagues enjoying their various hobbies…biking, golfing, tennis, walking, jogging, reading.  There are many talented photographers in our group, too…and they’ve been busy taking photo after photo of our tour and the lovely scenery here in FL.  A few of our colleagues are traveling with their babies, and that’s been fun to see “orchestra families” together.  I know also that there have been trips to the Norton Museum and to the various antique shops here.  We have made the most of our time here in West Palm.

Our concert last night here in West Palm was very well attended and Leonard acknowledged Mrs. Marjorie Fisher (who was in the audience with her daughter Julie and son-in-law Peter Cummings), our lead tour sponsor.  Mrs. Fisher was beaming with pride when I saw her…how proud she must be to see “her” orchestra on tour!

I know that I speak for my colleagues when I say that we are grateful to our patrons for their support, and grateful to our audience members for their support of the arts and Classical music.

Signing-off from West Palm…

Caroline



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Kravis Center

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Pre and Post-Concert at Kravis

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