We are spending one year traveling around the U.S., bringing the classical music experience at its highest level to places familiar to you:
Don't expect a normal concert. In these familiar spaces, audiences are invited to experience the music in a way that engages both the seasoned concertgoer and the first time listener. Recognized internationally for his innovative programs, Steuart has designed some concerts for this tour that you won't want to miss! For the latest concert listings, check out our calendar.
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There are lots of ways to get involved with the Music in Familiar Spaces project. You can come to concerts, volunteer as a host, suggest a venue and more.
from the blog
We have lived in just over 100 square feet, together with our dog and two big instruments, for the last 11 months. Our home-on-wheels was made in 1959, 28 years before we were born. It doesn’t have automatic leveling jacks, control panels, slide-outs, battery packs or even a water heater like the new RV’s. But it is our space. With its warm wooden walls, craftsmanship that has proved strong over almost 60 years, curved aluminum body and a coziness that makes you feel safe, our trailer has allowed us to be home no matter where we are. I had never understood or felt the importance of having one’s own space – no matter the size – until this tour. A space where I can let all consideration of others’ opinions fall away; a space where I can cry without fear of making someone else uncomfortable; a space where I can leave my dirty t-shirt on the floor, or keep everything clean and tidy.
When it is raining and we are dry, or it is cold outside and we are warm, I am thankful for our space. When I am thirsty and we have water to drink, or I am hungry and we can take food from our well-stocked pantry and cook a warm meal, I am thankful for our space. This appreciation for some of the more basic elements of life is an unexpected gift from our year on the road.
We have eaten some incredible food over the last 10 months of traveling. We tried shrimp and grits in South Carolina, had Nashville's best fried chicken, oysters on the Gulf of Mexico, BBQ in Texas, deep dish pizza in Chicago, lobster in Maine (and Long Island), poutine in Quebec and dim sum in DC. We've had the privilege of being invited into countless homes for family meals where we've noted recipe ideas and discovered new ways of fixing old favorites.
I want to be honest, but it's a bit scary to be honest and open on a forum as public as this. In this year and in this project we are living our lives more publicly than we'd normally choose, and we should share the good as well as the bad.
This last month has been difficult. The tour is a success.
We meet new people every week. We tell them our story: what we're doing and why we're doing it. It's not a common story and it's not a common way of life. I think this is why we often find ourselves in uncommonly deep and interesting conversations with people we've only just met. Our story invokes questions that one would not ordinarily ask a stranger, and our way of living somehow invites people to think about our lives with more scrutiny (I don't mean negative scrutiny) then they would had we met under different circumstances.