So here we are….in Prague! Like….what? Only two days ago I was boarding an eight hour flight on a German airplane….my very first international flight. Let me give you a look on how that went exactly... I was fine for maybe the first half. Dinner was an adventure, and the built-in monitors to watch tons of everything on every seat were nice. As soon as night time rolled around, only a few lucky people could doze off. I was not one of them. So what did a lot of people do? Well, I saw people writing music, making friendship bracelets, and cuddling. COYO people were running back and forth on the plane until we finally landed. We connected to a flight to Prague. I can tell you that EVERYONE passed out for the whole flight. When the coaches arrived, we got to drive a little through Prague. Yet again, eyes could not stay open. After a short visit at our hotel, we all shuffled back onto the bus. Woot, a guided walking tour! Walking actually kept us awake, and we got a chance to see charming Prague with all of its winding hilly streets and old brick buildings. We saw a beautiful church, and people-watching was interesting too…Europeans are very fashion forward and interesting. Then we wound through and made way to a restaurant with lovely Czech food and fun times with our fellow musicians. We crashed as soon as we got back to the hotel. Seriously, we were out like lights.
Today we woke up to eat an interesting Czech buffet breakfast. Tummies full, we went to Terezin next. After a very interesting and informative tour, we headed to the Prague town square for lunch. My friends, Ashley, Mary, Elise and I went to a cute little traditional restaurant where we filled our stomachs with yummy food. The group made their way to the Rudolfinum next for a rehearsal. AS soon as everyone walked into the hall, their eyes lit up. This place was gorgeous…it was astounding to have a chance to play there. We instantly felt the difference in the sound as we played. Severance was always our home. We had to adjust to the hall, but overall the group got the feeling for it. We then walked to eat a fancy dinner in the town square, where laughs and pictures were shared.
Then it was concert time!
The energy felt, despite the overall exhaustion was quite refreshing. We all changed and warmed up, exchanged stories…then it was go time.
The audience was much more in your face here. I almost found people’s reactions to the music distracting. We smoothly sailed through Brahms, and our Elgar Variations “Nimrod” made a few audience members cry. Dvorak 8 brought a very loud BRAVO from the audience, and the applause was thunderous! The groggy eyed orchestra stood humbly as Mr. Feddeck came out five times…this applause lasted easily ten minutes. Flowers were passed to Jimmy and Mr. Feddeck as I looked around at a few of my beaming orchestra members. How could you not smile? It was amazing.
We all waited in front of the Rudolfinum for the buses, as the city lights twinkled. Standing right next to the Vltava River, I couldn’t help by smile. We’re taking Europe by storm, one city at a time.
Lily Pollack, flute