Saturday, April 18, 2015

Day Something-in-the-Middle - Coach Bus Heading North!

Florida Tour...Check!

The Florida portion of our tour is now done, and boy did it fly by quickly.  I'm sitting on the coach now doing a long drive from Gainesville, FL to Chattanooga, TN, where we'll break before another several hours tomorrow to Louisville, KY for our next concert tomorrow night.

Our first concert in Vero Beach was at a gorgeous church north of Port Saint Lucie.  From there, we headed to Naples, FL for a concert at their huge concert hall.  We then crossed back over the state to reside for a few days in Riviera Beach, just north of West Palm Beach.
Charlie Albright and Keith Lockhart rehearsing in Miami at the Arsht Center

BBC Radio Recordings...Check!

Our two concerts at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach were great, and we got three terrific reviews as well:


The next day, we performed at the stunning Arsht Center in Miami, and then had a free day on the beach in Riviera Beach!  I was so happy that Stella was able to come down for a few days, though she had to head back to New York this morning.  It was wonderful seeing her~ :)

Onward and Upward!

We gave a concert at the University of Florida in Gainesville, last night, and are now heading way up north for the second half of the tour.  It has been an absolute blast working with Maestro Keith Lockhart and everyone in the BBC Concert Orchestra, who have all been tremendously warm and welcoming. :)

Stella's visit in Florida!

Stella's visit in Florida!

Vero Beach, FL
Vero Beach, FL

Shopping mall near hotel in Naples, FL
Naples, FL
Keith Lockhart and Charlie Albright

Ping pong games with Alex and Scott

Hilton in Naples, FL

Room service!

From my balcony in Riviera Beach, FL

Rehearsal at the Arsht Center in Miami

With my SGparents Dr. Jim and Liz Watson in West Palm Beach, FL

Keith Lockhart and Charlie Albright at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL

Keith Lockhart and Charlie Albright after performance

Charlie, Keith, and Charles Mutter

With my SGparents Dr. Jim and Liz Watson and Keith Lockhart

Charlie rehearsing in Miami at the Arsht Center
Charlie rehearsing in Miami at the Arsht Center

Friday, April 10, 2015

Day 4 - Columbus, GA to Port Saint Lucie, Florida

April 9, 2015

Charlie Albright and Keith Lockhart eating BBQ Ribs

Whew…what a whirlwind this tour is!  Tuesday was our first concert, which took place at the beautiful Peace Center of Greenville, SC.  After a rehearsal for a few hours in the afternoon, we performed the program with the Shostakovich 2nd Concerto on it, and it was a hit.  Keith and the BBC Concert Orchestra really are phenomenal musicians.

Following the concert was a large reception, where I was surprised and happy to see my old friend, Maestra Sarah Ioannides and others from the Spartanburg Philharmonic, where I performed just this past September…what a small world!

Onward to Georgia and Alabama

Yesterday, we had a ~4 hour drive or so to Columbus, GA where we were staying, and then another 30 minute drive to Opelika, AL, a little town just on the other side of the time zone.  Because of that, it felt to us like the concert started at 8:30 instead of 7:30…and by the time we returned to the hotel, there was nothing to eat! :(

We did our second program in Alabama, performing the Ravel G Major concerto.  For an encore, instead of my normal Volodos transcription of the Mozart Turkish March (Rondo alla Turca), I figured that I’d announce and do an improvisation of “Sweet Home Alabama,” starting in a very classical style and ending in the good ‘ol fashioned version. :)  It was a blast!

Luckily, I had a great buffet breakfast at the hotel, and am now sitting on a bus for a loooooong drive of over 500 miles to Port Saint Lucie, Florida!  Today is a day of travel/rest, so there is no concert.

Tomorrow, we perform the Ravel again, this time in Vero Beach, Florida!

Opelika, AL

My Opelika, AL dressing room had possibly the best chair ever. 
Backstage in Opelika, AL

Drive-thru Liquor Store in Georgia!

Redneck Egg Rolls

BBQ Ribs..mmmmm

Monday, April 6, 2015

BBCCO Tour - Day 1: Greensville, SC

And so it begins!

Today marks the first day of the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBCCO)'s USA tour with Keith Lockhart! I flew down from New York this morning and checked into the Hyatt Regency, where I had an awesome room with about 253 chairs, a dining table, etc. waiting for me.  ...And to think, I almost never leave the bed/desk!

Lunchtime for me generally consists of quick bites while I'm on the road, and today's lunch was no exception.  Subway is fast, fairly healthy, and cheap.  Win, win, and win in my book.

I did some teaching in the afternoon via FaceTime, and then got a quick carryout steak at a local restaurant...a nice steak and salad.  :)  Now for some much needed rest~


New York to Greenville, SC

Hyatt Regency Greenville

Hotel Atrium

Hotel Atrium