In August, I had the chance to tour throughout Virginia with one of my best friends and partner-in-crime, Anna Pike. Since Anna lives on the East Coast and I am on the West Coast, we always look forward to playing together as the Sprezzatura Duo. Photos from our concerts in Norfolk and Williamsburg can be found in the Photo Gallery, but I thought it would be fun to also include some other "behind-the-scenes" photos when we weren't performing.
We are often asked how we transport our instruments. This photo captures it perfectly. We should have subtitled this tour, "Two large harps, one tiny SUV." It is actually possible, though probably not recommended, to fit two harps in one car. You could also fit 47,000 piccolos in the same space. Clearly, we chose the wrong career path.
An unexpected hurricane happened as we were driving to our first concert. Coming from California, I had never been caught in a hurricane before and found it to be much more terrifying than an earthquake!
The green room at the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk is located behind this painting, part of a secret door that leads to the original kitchen (the museum is in an early twentieth-century Arts & Crafts style house). We certainly had fun surprising our audience, though I wonder how many people over the years have been startled by the sudden appearance of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while casually admiring the art.