Yesterday, after dropping the lads off at the Academy, I struck out for a bit of exploration. OK, I know where the coffee shop is. That’s important. And from there, I tested out a marble bench in the town park. I had a lunch at the local Indian restaurant, where I thought I was getting a great deal with the $7.95 lunch, only to find that the iced tea cost me $3.95, and the piece of nan another $3.95.
The Falmouth Library, on the other hand, is a superb deal. Lots of comfy chairs scattered about. My one disappoint about this trip to Falmouth in general – before coming, my fantasy was that I’d be sitting on a prototypical Cape Cod front porch every day, doing my work – only to find that our house only has a stoop. But I think this library is going to make up for it, and become my defacto office while I’m here.
I took a long walk afterwards – beautiful paved trail going off behind the school skirting one of the town’s many ponds. It looped around until I arrived again at the spiritual center of the place, the coffee shop (which is well off to the outskirts of town!). On the walk, I encountered some incredible trees which I photographed using my phone.
Back to the academy for master classes and dinners. The younger group – that is, my group – has masterclasses at 5. The kids are making incredible and quick progress on their pieces.
For dinner, the Colorado Quartet’s first violinist, Julie Rosenfeld, had made meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Then a bout of Frisbee (see photos below).
Then the evening master classes. I LOVE going to master classes. As a non-strings-player, I’m an outsider. Every one in the room is an insider. But for me, there are several great aspects. First, witnessing the ownership of the subject that the seasoned veterans possess. Great, but you’re missing this, BAM – right on. And then, there is the game of, I hear the music – what do I think they’re going to touch on. Rarely am I right. So at the very least, I’m honing my own music-listening skills. And then, listening to Julie, Lydia, Diane and Katie get into it – it can be like that NPR radio show, Car Talk, except on the subject of chamber music.
A notable thing that is happening – the kids are wanting, for the most part, to stay for the entire master class. Some of it is the society of the older group – and some of it is genuine interest in the discussions.