Quick trip to New Hampshire

For my mom’s birthday I treated her to concert tickets. The concert was in New Hampshire, so Teddy and I decided to take advantage of that opportunity and spend the day hiking in some beautiful weather.

 

We hiked Pact Monadnock – an easy, relaxed hike that was just what we were looking for that day. The weather has started to get quite cold so we didn’t want a long trek, but enough to get the blood flowing. This was perfect. It only took us about 1.5 hours to make it to the top and we were treated to beautiful views. We could even see the Boston skyline – how cool is that?!

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After our hike we headed into Peterborough, where the concert was located. We met my family for dinner before heading over to the theater. We were treated to an awesome night of music from Le Vent du Nord, a band from Quebec. It brought back memories of my time living in Montreal, that’s for sure.

The band has amazing energy, and they played several pieces from their new album, Tetu. I was also lucky enough to win a copy of it! Weird and random, but I’ve been listening to the album in my car ever since and have been loving it! I’m already looking forward to the next time they’re in New England.

Handel and Haydn Society: Brilliance

As I mentioned earlier this week, last Friday I had the opportunity to see a fantastic performance by the Handel and Haydn Society Baroque Fireworks. My parents and I headed to Symphony Hall, around 7pm to get settled. We generally go for seats on the floor since there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Each time I walk into Symphony Hall I’m reminded of how beautiful it is – never fails to impress. This time was no different, and there was a buzz in the air for the special event of the evening. (Side note – the last time I was in a concert hall this beautiful was in Vienna! Can you tell I’m a classical music junkie?)
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Symphony Hall
The Handel and Haydn Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States. The orchestra and chorus focuses on historically informed performance (HIP) – something very close to my heart! They primarily focus on music from the Baroque and early Classical eras. This season marks their 200th, and to commemorate that incredible achievement, they kicked off a wonderful program. It included not one, but two coronation anthems (both by Handel), a Bach choral piece, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Vivaldi’s Summer from the Four Seasons, and ended with experts from Handel’s Messiah. PHEW. Even just reading that I’m exhausted!

I can’t imagine a more fitting title for this program. Piece after piece was stunning and bombastic, in the best way possible. The solo violinist for the Vivaldi piece received a standing ovation for an absolutely awe-inspiring performance, and the choral works were just overwhelmingly beautiful. The ensembles played seamlessly together, and lines flowed like just one instrument was playing. This is how Baroque music is intended to be experienced. I can’t imagine a better way to kick off the 200th season!
Plus, the commemorative cupcakes at intermission didn’t hurt.
If you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend a performance by the Handel and Haydn society. They are an integral part of the Boston music scene, and are consistently putting together innovative, interesting programs. Well-worth a visit!

A Busy Week

This week sure has been flying by! Things at work have really picked up, and I’m on quite a few busy projects. I like the pace, but I’m still working out the work-life balance that is right for me. Any tips would be much appreciated!

On Tuesday night Teddy and I went to an Open Mic night at Club Passium, a local music venue. I loved the atmosphere, and we heard quite a few talented performers! I’d absolutely go back again – they had lots of interesting shows coming up in the near future. They also have a Celtic Music night – intriguing! It was a nice, relaxing way to spend an evening. It made me crave my instruments even more, though! I really need to find some music to do. I miss it way too much.

Wednesday evening has been spent catching up on work things. Not the most fun, but it must be done. I’m sure glad it’s Hump Day though, since I have fun plans on the horizon for the rest of the week. I hope you’re week is going well!