Thursday, December 10, 2009

Procrastination Station

Why do I always leave things to the last minute? I guess I wouldn't be a member of the Goins Family if I didn't. It's sort of our thing.
Must dos before I head out:
1. Finish up the final touches on my paper
2. Pay my rent
3. Clean out my fridge
4. PACK!
5. Play the final Beethoven 9 concert
6. Support a fellow bassoonist by attending her final masters exam
and other little odds and ends....
I leave for the states bright and early Sunday morning. My flight is at 7:25am and I arrive to the US at 5:40pm (12:40am in Norway)
I went Christmas shopping today at a store called Julehuset which means Christmas House. It is entirely devoted to Christmas and open all year long. Christmas is sort of big here. They have what's called a Julebord which is a big Christmas dinner where they eat sheep ribs, marzipan pigs and drink this really strange drink with raisins and almonds in it called Glugg. There will be no "glugging" for this American! It's a fun tradition though and everyone gets dressed up. The school had a Julebord and an all night dance party that went until 7am. I left early though because Norwegians are not as into dancing as I had hoped.They love to drink and bob their heads. It was still fun though. I might go to a dance party here at Fantoft on Friday that some students from Ghana are putting on. It sounds like it will be a good time. We'll see.

See everyone soon!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

9 & 10 December at 19.30
Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, conductor
Victoria Nava, soprano
Kristina Hammarström, mezzosoprano
Robert Murray, tenor
Matthew Rose, bass
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
The Grieg Academy Choir
Håkon Matti Skrede, Choir Master

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Maestro López Cobos makes a welcome return visit to direct the ever-inspiring 9th Symphony of Beethoven. No effort will be spared by the orchestra and chorus in transforming ths concert into an unforgettable event. The all-star soloist roster is headed by Bergen´s exceptional soprano, Victoria Nava.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I had the richest, thickest cup of hot chocolate I have ever had in my life. After hiking up the mountain with some friends I thought I would treat myself. Out poured a sauce like liquid that was so thick it slowly dripped off my spoon. I think they literally melted chocolate bars, added cream, served. AWESOME!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's True

On the Mend

My arm is feeling better!
Thanks to everyone who sent emails of support. I was not expecting so many! And also thanks to my sis in law for some over the phone medical advice! I bet she loves doing that. But I appreciate it a lot!
A little ibuprofen and rest goes a long way.

In other good news I am planning to play Beethoven 9 next week as Per's assistant or "bumper" as they call it here. So basically I am playing during all the loud tutti sections (tutti means everyone in Italian, so where the whole orchestra is playing). Very exciting! I am playing about half the piece! I am nervous! He is the Principle player so when he's not playing I have to sound like him; loud and amazing! But no pressure...Luckily I have some good reeds.I am excited though. We are performing the piece three times next week. It really is one of the most famous pieces ever so I feel so excited to have the opportunity to play it with a high caliber pro orchestra. Gotta get back in shape in the next few days so I am ready to rehearse on Monday! It will be an excellent way to finish up my first semester here.

I am really excited to go home and see everyone! I definitely have a new appreciation for home, friends and family...not to get too mooshy.

I also wanted to say I was lucky enough to celebrate Thanksgiving twice!
Some friends and I rented a car and drove it out to the Hardanger fjord to stay in a cabin for the weekend. There was so much natural beauty! Everyone definitely needs to come visit!
Here are some photos: