Another fantastic trip with Earthbound Expeditions and WFMT! Although we visited the Metropolitan Art Museum, The Frick and the Guggenheim and had a tour of the city and Ellis Island, the highlights, of course, were the amazing concerts: Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with the New York Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov, paired with the gorgeous and rarely-heard Bruch Two-Piano Concerto with the Labèque sisters. The next night was the first performance of a new production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera which left many of us moved to tears. Isabel Leonard and Adrienne Pieczonka were outstanding. The topper was Mitsuko Uchida overwhelming a packed house at Carnegie Hall in an all-Schubert recital. What a week! Thanks to the wonderful guests and Earthbound Expeditions!
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