Alba – Day 12 + 13

Day 12

Saturday means market day in Alba. Nearly one hundred small booths and tents line the streets selling everything from clothing to cookware. I decided to use this opportunity to seek out a pair of Italian style clothes (as I did the same thing while I was in China, three years ago) After an extensive search, I did find what I was looking for. About ninety percent of the market is geared toward women, so it was fairly difficult to find men’s clothing, but I did nevertheless. At 3pm we met at Chiesa di San Giuseppe to hear ‘Music Master’ Sylvano Bussotti speak. The lecture proved very trying for the 81 year old man as his thoughts seemed to constantly stray and overlap. Questions were left unanswered and instead replied with an unrelated story. It was hard to tell if the gentleman was simply too old to be ‘all there’ or if he was actually thinking on a level so far above us that he was hard to understand. In any case, the early evening concert was a ‘young artist’s lab’ featuring performances by many of the students from St. Mary’s College as well as Earlham College. Gounod’s Petite Symphony and a piece by Dvorak led nicely into the evening concert, which opened with ‘Phrase a trois’ by Sylvano Bussotti (a piece for string trio) followed by two Vaughn Williams pieces featuring the Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra and St. Mary’s Chamber singers. It was an amazingly beautiful concert, to say the least.

Day 13

There was a morning concert at Chiesa di San Giuseppe this morning, featuring solo violin and piano. Pieces by Grieg, Svendson, Prokofiev, and Kreisler were played. The performance could have been better, but also left us all with the vibe that this older violinist was once a much better performer. The early evening concert featured another student concert playing a few Klezmer tunes and pieces by Albrechtsberger, Beethoven, Mozart, and Copland. Immediately following was the evening concert with the Romanian State Philharmonic Orchestra playing pieces by Italian composers Sinigaglia and Colonna as well as Dvorak’s amazing eighth symphony. It was a great performance to wrap up an amazing festival with amazing performers from around the world.

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