A Ginger in Germany

Aug 10

All Things Good Must Come to an End

Well Germany was fun. Actually, Germany was life- changing. I failed to maintain a promise to myself to try and keep up with social networking, news, and sports but I didn’t. I relaxed, played gorgeous music with new friends in front of overly appreciative audiences. Rain or shine the people of Eutin would come and support this Festival. It would often be hard to find the energy for another performance but the synchronized applause of the crowd every time reminded me the vital our role as orchestra players for the festival. As we prepare to board the plane tomorrow morning for the states I find myself reminiscing of the wonderful memories I have had with new friends, but can’t help but be mournful of leaving my friends once we get back to our lives in the U.S. Now it’s off to the last rehearsal before our last concert this evening and I’m sadly elated. Tshuss Eutin, until next time.  

Jul 24

Hansel und Gretel

Tonight is the second go at the premiere of Hansel und Gretel for the Eutiner Festpiele. Our premiere was originally set for last Friday but was rained out. This is the first time a performance has been cancelled for the Festpiele in 25 years. The special thing about performing Hansel und Gretel is the cast…they are all KU students taking the European stage for the first time. Rumor also has it that the U.S. Consulate General and high ranking officials from the German Ministry of Culture will be there as well. It’s gonna be exciting to perform some new music because the grueling three- and- a- half Mozart marathon named Don Giovanni is becoming unenthusiastic for me and especially my back. 

While the traditional Hansel und Gretel story takes place in a forest this version we will perform is staged in an urban city with high poverty levels and a witch who could also be mistaken as a pedophile. The staging also includes fire- works, mirrors, ladders, and smoke; all pretty intense for a traditional “Children’s Opera.” Im hoping everything goes well and the rain holds off (it’s been raining for four days straight) and our second opera opens as well as the first. In bocca al lupo! 

Jul 08

Bo Fiddly

Bo Fiddly (my violin) has been quite happy this week, and not solely because I’m spending 5-6 hours per day in rehearsal. He has returned home. It’s cool to think I’m playing an opera festival in Northern Germany on a North German- Dutch violin made in the late 18th century. This could be this first time this violin has been over seas in over 100 years; what a homecoming that is. The cherry on this musical cake is that one of the operas we are performing is Mozart’s Don Giovanni, an opera written around the same time my violin was made. Jeez, that’s almost too many coincidences. Needless to say while Bo Fiddly is returning to his mother land and I’m experiencing a new country, we are having a blast and are excited for the next five weeks. 

Guten Tag from SeeSchloss am Kellersee. My place of residence in Eutin Germany for the next 5 weeks. 

Guten Tag from SeeSchloss am Kellersee. My place of residence in Eutin Germany for the next 5 weeks. 

Jul 02

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Jul 01

First Wrigley experience today. Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th homer into our section and John Cusack sang the 7th inning stretch. Solid.

First Wrigley experience today. Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th homer into our section and John Cusack sang the 7th inning stretch. Solid.

Jun 30

So I went to the Frank Lloyd Wright House and studio in Oak Park Illinois. It was pretty sweet. I would like to thank my mom for making me an architecture nerd. (Not my photo, we couldn’t take pics in the casa)

So I went to the Frank Lloyd Wright House and studio in Oak Park Illinois. It was pretty sweet. I would like to thank my mom for making me an architecture nerd. (Not my photo, we couldn’t take pics in the casa)

Jun 29

Das Festspiele

I’m going to Germany this week to play with the folks of the KU Symphony Orchestra as well as some musician friends from University of Utah and Rice University. Six weeks of opera and traveling is going to be such a blast that I decided to share my adventures through the inter-web on my defunct blog. Stay tuned and enjoy the trip with me! auf Wierdersehen! 

Aug 09

The Best T.V. Theme Songs.

I just dropped $10 at the itunes store on T.V. theme songs. 

It took two episodes of Mad Men, some cocktails, and one episode of Cheers and realized that I don’t have enough of the classic t.v. songs in my itunes playlist. 

Where do I rank my purchases?  Just check below!

Some purchases I deem un-rankable (Hey Arnold!) so I’m not factoring those. 

Note- these are shows I watch when on re-runs, if I left out the “best show in the world I’m sorry. Also, the list is based on song, not show.

5. “Suicide is Painless” from M*A*S*H*

4. “Making Our Dreams Come True” from Laverne & Shirley

3. “Those Were The Days” from All In The Family

2. “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

1. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” from Cheers. 

Take it or leave it.

Jul 21

A (Tennessee) Trip to Remember

I’m new to this blog thing (3rd) post, and due to my computer incompetence I have tried to format this damned thing four times. Right now I have no clue why I want to get involved with the whole blog thing, so I’ll just blame it on the recent purchase of some hipster black frame glasses. 

I had the pleasure of spending the past two weeks in ‘God’s Country,’ AKA Tennessee. I spent time touring through the state with my little sister. We hit up Sewanee, The Jack Daniel’s Distillery, and Smokey Mountain National Park. I then hung out with some good friends in Knoxville for a few days, catching up on all things from sports to the jobs we don’t have. 

After the tour of Tennessee, I joined with my church from Wichita and went as an adult to Mountain T.O.P., an outreach service based out of poverty stricken Grundy Co. Tennessee. My experience on ‘The Mountain’ was amazing. It had been three years since I had been to Mountain T.OP. and my the one week truly got my soul ablaze again with God’s spirit. 

                                 The Group of people I worked with

Now I’m back in Lawrence trying to carry out the promises I made to God on the Mountain. It is a lot harder then I anticipated, and I worry that my promises are gonna fall through. I’m gonna try and persevere and stay strong. From these past two week what I’ve learned is that relationships are special, and while it’s great to remember great events, it’s usually the people who make those events special. I realized to fulfill my promises to God I need to simply start by remembering that God is there and so are my friends and family. 

The next couple weeks I’m gonna try and remember all the wonderful people in my life and hopefully it will keep my going the right direction. 

On a side note- Listen to the Avett Brothers: A really good folksy sounding band.