Unfortunately, COYO only has one more concert in Europe, but tomorrow we will be attending a tour of the Musikverein before heading to Salzburg. My peers and I have been gaining a vast amount of knowledge about the history and cultures that are intertwined within each of these cities. It is truly an amazing opportunity to view all of the magnificent pieces of history, culture and architecture in these cities. Although this is true, the most exquisite piece of this tour is simply from the music my peers and I have been able to create together.
One example of the non-music related culture I am referring to comes from the restaurant where COYO ate dinner this evening. A 400 year-old wine cellar, the Melker StiffskellerI provided a very memorable dining space with its unique and creative architecture, food and overall style of the atmosphere. Beginning with the antique bricks covered in ivy, restaurant-goers walk down a staircase to the basement of the building where the Melker Stiffskeller is located. Then, once inside, restaurant employees dressed in period clothing provide courses to diners. The overall tone, environment, and character of the entire restaurant is extremely genuine and authentic, providing an unusually artistic dining experience.
In the final days of our tour, we will be visiting many intriguing sites in Salzburg, while preparing for our last COYO concert of the tour. I am looking forward to informing readers of the poignant experience my peers and I have been given. This is a truly phenomenal opportunity and I feel unbelievably blessed to call myself a member of such a tremendous organization.
Talk to you soon,
Ryan Kearns, violin