Corlette, undefined, Australia
August 10, 2005
My high-school-level German language skills had led me to conclude that there would be a performance of Handel’s Water Music in the local high-school hall. A good hour during the day was spent trying to locate the venue, due to limited language skills and a poor map, but once we arrived, the evening proved to be most worthwhile.
The school entry foyer had an area that could be curtained off and turned into an intimate performance space, complete with comfortable chairs. In the most civilized European style, the audience members could purchase a glass of wine or beer before the performance.
Instead of the local school student performers that we had anticipated, we were entertained by a most professional group of string players, in a classical jazz performance that couldn't be faulted. The three performers interacted with each other in an amazing way - no music, and plenty of movement around the performance space.
At one stage, due to an electrical fault, all the lights went out, and we were left in temporary darkness. Those performers didn't miss a beat, and continued playing until all was restored again! The program was composed of a variety of styles of music that all related to water - including a unique rendition of the much-anticipated Handel piece.
My only regret is that I didn't buy a copy of their CD - their music was so original, and their playing style lingers on in my travel memories.
From journal Salzburg Sojourn