Principal Harp Allegra Lilly shares a few pics and stories from the Summer of 15:
“This is kind of an in-between week for me, primarily consisting of packing up and road-tripping it back to St. Louis from Tanglewood by way of my parents’ home in Michigan. I’ve spent the last seven weeks substituting for the Boston Symphony’s principal harpist, Jessica Zhou, who was away on maternity leave.”
“The first a photo is of Bryn Terfel and me after a July 11 performance of the first act of Tosca. Bryn, who was as magnificent as always, must be just about the nicest guy in show business these days. That performance was also very special to me because my parents were able to make the trip out to Tanglewood and saw me perform with the BSO for the very first time. Plus, it was my father’s 76th birthday that weekend, and they just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on August 9th!”
“We ended up with just enough time to drive back to St. Louis and repack before I head to London for the BSO’s two-and-a-half-week European tour. My boyfriend Tyler and I managed to squeeze in a quick stop at Niagara Falls, which he (and our two guinea pigs) had never visited before, so I’ve also included a few photos of us there (the one of Tyler and the pigs is my personal favorite).”
“It has been a whirlwind couple of days, but I couldn’t be more excited both to revisit the cities I’ve been to before (London, Paris, Milan) and to see others I haven’t yet had a chance to get to (Salzburg, Grafenegg, Lucerne, Cologne, Berlin). We’ll be playing a ton of fantastic repertoire, too–Mahler 6, Ein Heldenleben, Don Quixote with Yo-Yo Ma and BSO Principal Viola Steven Ansell, an incredibly difficult trumpet concerto by Brett Dean with soloist Håkan Hardenberger, and several other works that don’t involve harp, including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.”
“This has been an immensely fulfilling and action-packed summer, but the prize at the end will be returning to work with my own musical family. I’ll be back in St. Louis the day before we start rehearsals for our 2015-16 season and I can’t wait to dive back in.”
Next Postcard Thursday: horn player Tod Bowermaster.