Jobs, auditions, visiting friends and wine.
This past week: two auditions, I started my job at the SFCM and friends are visiting from Montréal. I took a driving test in order to get a California driver's license (I passed) and have been getting eaten to death by mosquitoes. I think I just got two new bites as I sat here and wrote these few lines. Yesterday I visited a couple of wineries and got hired to play for Beethoven 9 chorus rehearsals because Gustavo Dudamel is coming to Berkeley to wave his stick and curly hair about and they needed a pianist. It's been an exciting and busy week to say the least.
But let's talk briefly about the wineries. One of our visiting friends is a sommelier/restauranteur/all-around-amazing-fellow and if you're going to go wine tasting, he's the type of person you want setting it up. We met up with the people directly responsible for making the wine - they spent a few hours with us, opened bottle after bottle for us to try, walked us around their land and sent us home with much delicious fortifying liquid in tow. It was fascinating to see the heart that goes into this work, especially when it's done on a such a small scale. Plus drinking and tasting all that wine was not a downer either.
It's great having people visit - I've realized it helps solidify my feelings towards living in California. It's a positive sign when you're as excited about visiting things in the area as the tourists are.
Now on to another busy week that includes a third audition, Too Much Coffee Man Opera on Saturday night and the first Beethoven rehearsal on Sunday. Bring it on!