Monday, June 08, 2009
This July I will be traveling in Germany. I will start in Berlin and then spend a few days at a choral music festival in Wernigerode, an incredily well preserved town in the Harz Mountains known particularly for a beautiful castle perched high on a mountaintop. I will then return to Berlin, but can't stay for long because I must be back in NYC to rehearse for a premiere later that month. I am excited to go. It has been a very long time since I have traveled to Europe. Berlin in particular sounds like a wonderful place for me. I have imagined myself becoming utterly charmed by the art scene there and becoming an ex-pat, although my significant obligations and ties here would make that hard to do on any kind of permanent basis. I do hope to find some opportunities for performing and composing over there; the European scene is wonderfully diverse, and public appreciation for non-pop music is high. So now I am planning; I've already booked my plane tickets. If anyone has any recommendations for a good affordable hotel in Berlin please let me know. Thanks!