October 6, 2012
And suddenly it’s the last day. I teach, work with my section of the orchestra on trouble spots, play a funny old tune with some friends for the open-mic, rehearse with the whole orchestra for the last time, and then it’s the concert. My daughter and little D. stop by and enjoy the luxury of a swim in the hotel pool, as the temperatures outdoors have dropped into the nippy range. All goes well, and after it’s over the performers and organizers gather for a party in the head honcho’s suite. We are played out, but having focused so hard on students for the past few days, it’s nice to hang out, catch up, have a drink, and relax as friends and colleagues, soon to be separated by thousands of miles. It’s after 3 AM when I finally notice the time and head back to my room and sleep.