Cellissimo arrived home from Colorado on Sunday March 31st exhilarated and exhausted after one of the best trips the group has ever had. We all feel that we have grown as a “cello family” and are richer for having spent this time together musically and socially.
Our group of 38 students, parents and teachers spent four full days performing and sightseeing in this beautiful state. Many folks chose to fly in early to go skiing in the mountains and then arrived at our hotel in Denver Tuesday night tired from both the activity and the altitude. The rest of us either drove or flew in on Tuesday. Wednesday began with a concert at the pre-school Alex attended years ago. In the afternoon most of the group took a bus tour and learned about Denver’s ghost stories and historical political scandals. Meanwhile some of the parents and siblings toured the city by foot. Thursday was packed with a trip to Red Rocks (performing amphitheater), Dinosaur Ridge (fossils millions of years old), and a tour of an old gold mill (where gold is extracted from mined ore). After the tour the kids got to pan for gold. We’re all a little richer now! Then a rush back to Denver to prepare for a concert in front of a packed house.
Our weather turned from a sunny 70 degrees to a damp 50 degrees on Friday but a few die hard folks hiked the Flatirons trail in Boulder while the rest enjoyed the pool at the hotel. On Friday afternoon, we had a fascinating tour of the National Center for Atmospheric Research before performing for another packed house in Boulder.
Cellissimo performed with their whole hearts. A lot of enthusiasm and energy. The audiences ate it up and we were rewarded with a standing ovation both times. In attendance were towns folk, local musicians/teachers and their students and many of Alex’s family and friends. The CEO of the Suzuki Association also was there along with two former Cellissimo members: Katie Burns and Scott Morgan who live in Colorado. Sally’s former Ontario student, Adam Riggs (who played in the 35th WSSTE Anniversary celebration) also attended and took some beautiful photos.
On our last day, we had an insightful coaching with the Colorado Symphony’s conductor, Dr. Brett Mitchell. The group responded to his requests with great zeal. The day ended with the CSO’s evening performance, which included the Barber Violin Concerto performed by Augustin Hadelich.
It was a great trip, and Alex and Sally both agree that it was worth every minute of preparation. We are indeed lucky to work with such talented kids every week.