Southwest Sojourn, Part I

It's Liz again, hoping all of you are enjoying the start of the summer. Greg and I are in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, savoring the blindingly blue skies, awe-inspiring vistas, and wonderful hospitality of the Brown family (our best friends). We're winding down after a busy stint at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, where we performed three times: on June 20 we presented the festival's opening concert on two pianos; on June 21 we gave a four-hand/one-piano recital; and on June 23 we were involved in a piece for six pianos (yes, six). All the concerts took place at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

In our first concert, we performed our trademark transcriptions of Danse macabre and Erbarme Dich as well as our new 50-minute composition based on Carnival of the Animals. We especially loved the audience's ebullient response to the Carnival. The audience roared with laughter at all the right places, understood the musical allusions, and clapped after each movement. Consequently Greg and I felt extra-energized to pull out all the stops performance-wise, and we had a ball. When we and our listeners have fun, it feels like a job well done!