Saturday, February 16, 2013

Another European Concert Tour

Emails are flying back and forth from The Hague, Tucson, Arizona and Highwood as we make final plans together for our concert tour in June to France and The Netherlands.  Remembering life before the internet and email, I will always be in awe of the capability we now have to communicate.  James Rein (MYA Alum '05/horn) who made arrangements for the Versailles Youth Orchestra to visit Chicago and spent last year in France teaching English is recuperating in Arizona, but through google docs and remote access, he is able to coordinate and keep track of tour participants and details.

We were able to connect up with The Hague Youth Orchestra, the oldest youth orchestra in the world.  Their wonderful Orchestra Coordinator, Kerstin Hes, is a huge resource on their end, helping to bring plans we made last year to fruition.  This morning she shared a link to a funny, educational 4 minute video on the difference between The Netherlands and Holland.  I learned something!  Check it out!  We're really looking forward to a very interesting cultural exchange on this concert tour. . . not only connecting with families in Versailles, France, but also in the Hague. We hope to host the Hague Youth Orchestra in the near future as we did the Versailles Youth Orchestra last year.  Besides the experience of a concert tour, this cultural exchange is invaluable, and so easy to start up and continue in this fabulous age of connectivity.

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