Since we started this tour in October we haven't been in the same place for more than a week, usually not more than a few days. Last night we parked our little home in Missouri, on the farm of Steuart's parents, and are not moving it for three whole weeks! What luxury. Don't get us wrong, traveling has been amazing, but we sure are ready for a break. Over the next three weeks we'll be planning and practicing new programs, doing some trailer maintenance, planning and booking concerts for the spring, playing a few concerts in the area and oh yes, resting.
This last month of the tour has been really special. We feel like we're getting the hang of things and that the ideas behind the project are catching on. Most of our concerts have been totally packed, and lots of people are there because they heard about it from a friend who attended a concert in another city. People are talking about the concerts on social media, and even more venues are asking us to come to them!
One of the neatest things we've been seeing is other classical musicians staying to talk with us after the concert, asking about designing innovative programs or booking and promoting these types of concerts. And a lot of the venues (most having never hosted a classical musician before) end the night eager to host similar events because the concerts draw such a diverse and enthusiastic audience.
We've also been visiting some really neat places during this last leg of the tour. For concerts we stopped in Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. We also had the chance to drive through back roads from Alabama to Texas, taking our time to stop at an ancient Native American site on Natchez Trace Parkway, eat oysters on the Gulf of Mexico, and stop in a small town in Mississippi to walk along the river.
As we continue to build support and enthusiasm for Music in Familiar Spaces, we are ever grateful for your help in spreading the word. In the first two weeks in January Steuart will play in Columbia and Springfield, MO, as well as Rogers, AK, before we both head to Europe for a couple of weeks. When we return, we'll head back down to Texas, this time to Dallas and Lubbock! Click here to view our calendar!
an update from our partner Credo Music
We're grateful to be partnering with Credo Music for this tour. At almost every stop we've connected with other Credo folks, and two Credo families have even hosted a Music in Familiar Spaces concert in their home. We've also been able to do some education and outreach activities, presenting master classes and talking with students about different ways to approach a career in classical music. We wanted to take this chance to let you know about some of the great things Credo has been doing this holiday season, and to invite you to get to know them a bit better:
December was a busy month for Credo Music. Close to a thousand people participated in sing-along Messiahs at our "home" - Finney Chapel in Oberlin and Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest. We had a GREAT time:
and were able to raise well over two thousand dollars for the homeless (Family Promise Lorain County) and hungry (Harmony Food Pantry in Chicago). We hope to see you in Oberlin or Chicago next year - or better yet contact us about setting up a sing-along of your own (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stay tuned for more updates on Credo's activities, or visit their website to learn more.