FAGOTTI IN TOSCANA!

Ciao from Sarteano, Italy!

These are our "traveling" faces. (Some of us are a bit more excited than others about the bajillion hour travel day.)

These are our "traveling" faces. (Some of us are a bit more excited than others about the bajillion hour travel day.)

We've been having an absolutely amazing time in Italy, participating in the Summer Music in Tuscany Chamber Music Festival and BASSOONAPALOOZA!

We've been pretty on top of sharing pictures and videos of our adventures on Facebook-- if you haven't checked it out, please do! 

WEEK ONE was... well... AMAZING! This was the week we've all been preparing for and included the premieres of our two commissions for this special occasion: Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras n. 5 featuring the supremely fabulous Angela Niederloh AND Weber's Andante e Rondo Ungarese featuring none other than Sebastian Stevensson!

But, let's backtrack a bit...

We spent the entire week in rehearsals, lessons, and reed workshops. We also spent the entire week breaking bread over some of the most delicious Italian cuisine! On Wednesday, we trekked to the nearby Montepulciano for a bit of sight-seeing and enjoyed the delightful singing of the vocalists of the program while we abbiamo pranzato (ate lunch)! 

We'll probably make a "look what we did!" video, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of the fun we had! 

On Sunday, most of us headed back down to Rome before bidding adieu... err... bidding addio to Italia. BUT, a few of us are still here and we've continued to have an excellent time! More about that to come. Until then, we'll always have Facebook! 

Ciao, amici!