Tales from the Pit: Finale

August 22, 2017

Oh, hello there! It's crazy to think that my last blog post was written in Miami in the midst of opera performances for closing weekend of the festival. Now that I've been home for a few weeks, am fully unpacked from a summer of traveling, and caught up on sleep.. it's about time I post the final installment of my Tales from the Pit series. 


On July 30th, the Miami Music Festival wrapped up its 2017 summer season with Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. These last few notes (pictured below), not only are the ending of Mozart's most magnificent works, but the ending of one of the most musically fulfilling summers of my life (so far). 

Many have asked me how my summer in Miami was, and I always respond "hot, hot, hot!!" Thanks to Dead Man Walking, that's become my favorite opera quote, and something I've found myself saying on a daily basis. To wrap up this "hot, hot, hot!" summer, I thought I'd share some fun statistics to wrap up my 2017  MMF experience. 


2017 Miami Music Festival by the numbers:


6 Weeks

nearly 300 hours spent rehearsing, performing, and practicing

 Photo by Kristin Pulido, Miami Music Festival 


12 performances

 With 12 performances came A LOT of violin section intermission pictures! This was our final one, taken during intermission of Le Nozze di Figaro. 


4 opera productions


3 conductors

4 Wagner operas represented in the Wagner Institute Concert

Das Rheingold, Lohengrin, Gotterdammerung, and Die Walkure... Oh my Gotterdammerung that's a lot of Wagner! 


10 Salty Donuts consumed 

Score Study and Salty Donuts.... mmm! Fun fact: I packed a box of Salty Donuts in my suitcase to bring home, and they survived the trip from Miami to Chicago! 


2 Cortaditos consumed at the airport to give me life for my 6am flight home

These sweet little cups of Cuban Coffee made me feel the most awake I've ever felt at 6am! 


And that's a wrap for my Tales from the Pit series! I've loved sharing life from the orchestra pit with you all, and hope you've enjoyed it too! Although this particular blog series is over, I'll still be blogging! Within the next few weeks, I'll be posting about my other summer music adventures that I didn't have time to blog about earlier in the summer, so stay tuned...


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