In 2006, I performed at the CMF for the first time. When I finished the festival, I wondered if, at some point, I could bring Liz and the kids to the festival as well? Would Ethan and Kimberly (who were 15 and 13 at the time) be good enough musicians to be able to audition and perform in the festival? Turns out yes! Ethan and Liz came with me in 2015 (Kim was teaching English in Thailand) and now in 2016, all 4 of us are here performing in Europe. How cool is that? Turns out, pretty cool. So, the Gala concert took place this past Thursday, at the palace (Schloss) and is the first time that all 4 of us were on stage together. All rehearsals took place in Haydnsaal which is the main concert hall at the Schloss; the same hall in which Haydn performed all of his works for the Prince. The palace is shown in the picture above. I wasn’t able to get pics of us performing (although a professional pbs style video of the concert is being produced) but I was able to get a picture of the dress rehearsal and several after concert photos. This performance included a Haydn Overture, Mozart Double Piano Concerto and Beethoven IX.
The trombone section included Kenneth Johnson on Alto trombone, Istvan (Stephan in Hungarian) on Tenor and of course me on bass trombone. Istvan is one of the premier trombone players and teachers (his students win playing gigs all over Europe) in Hungary. He performed for 2 decades in the Budapest Opera.