Day 18 – Beethoven and Brahms
Today the faculty and two students made another sojourn to Trieste to perform a chamber music concert. We were invited as guests of one of Trieste’s most-loved classical musicians, Luca Delle Donne, who has served as a performer and masterclass teacher for the past two summers at IMFA. The venue was a penthouse on the top floor of the Generali building, just around the corner from the Grand Canale.
Our string faculty (Janet, Spencer and Brooks) performed a beautiful Beethoven string trio, and then Luca and friends (Janet and Brooks, along with student performers Grace and Sean) performed Brahms’ mammoth piano quintet. It was a terrific and exciting performance–the third movement is posted below.
After the concert, we headed to a local fish restaurant to sample the catch of the day. Though not a fish person myself, the food was delicious and about as fresh as one could hope for. I was particularly proud of myself for not passing out when I was served an entire fish, with head and tail still attached (but guts removed, thank goodness).