It is intermission! I find myself spending an intimate evening with Ms. Carmen Balthrop in Rosslyn, VA. Alongside José Cáceres (piano), Leonid Sushansky (violin), Lukasz Szyrner (cello), Ms. Balthrop is absolutely magnificent.
I will remember this night! A stream of beauty, skill, imagination and emotion has filled the room. As I sit with my friends, George and Oni, I am so appreciative to be here tonight. Every time I have the opportunity to see Ms. Balthrop, whom George knows, I’m knocked away. As a professor in the School of Music at UMD, it’s such a gift that my friend George can know her and my friend Jamar and Rameen learn from her, and we can see her so easily in the DC area. The last time I felt her presence was at The Fantasticks at UMD when she chatted with some of the performers and audience members after the performance, and even in chatting she was passionate and warm. Prior, I saw her in Shadowboxer at the Clarice Smith Center. Just amazing. Tonight, she soars again!
Perhaps I’ll post some photos from the reception later.
Find out more about the National Chamber Ensemble at www.nationalchamberensemble.org.