I’m up at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois (the summer home of the Chicago Symphony) playing a Labor Day Tschaikowsky concert. Guess what’s on the program? Nutcracker excerpts! Nooooo…
Winter after winter of driving to Milwaukee to play the Nutcracker has given me flashbacks, and I find myself instantly teleported to the freeway in the middle of the winter, clutching at the steering wheel in a panic as semi trucks pass me on either side.
It’s amazing what a little strain of music can conjure up. And at such a pretty venue!
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