Hey y'all, it's Emily from Song of the Lark
here, and I'm KINDA BEYOND EXCITED to share huge news with everyone:
I'm following the Minnesota Orchestra on its 2016 European tour, going to its shows in Lahti, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen!
*Scream of Unsuccessfully Suppressed Excitement*
I'll be traveling from August 18 to August 30, taking the same flights as the orchestra and staying in the same hotels, to guarantee an up-close-and-personal perspective.
My itinerary includes:
~ MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, USA with a tour sendoff show at Orchestra Hall that is already completely sold out
~ KEFLAVIK AIRPORT IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, where I will spend a whole sixty minute layover valiantly fighting jet lag
~ HELSINKI, FINLAND, where I'll try and fail to sound out a few Finnish words phonetically
~ LAHTI, FINLAND, where Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä made a name for himself
~ AINOLA, where Jean Sibelius lived and wrote
~ NOT EDINBURGH, because the Orchestra is there for less than 24 hours and it would have cost a lot of money and energy for me to go, so you'll just have to deal with more Amsterdam coverage
~ AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, where I'll tour the Concertgebouw, one of the most storied concert halls in the world; learn about Frieda Belinfante, the Nazi-fighting cellist badass who was also the first woman to be an artistic director of an orchestra in Europe; and visit some surprise bonus attractions that will be just as surprising to you as to me because I haven't officially decided on them yet
~ COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, where I'll keep valiantly battling jetlag while catching the Minnesota Orchestra European tour finale show,
then, on the way home,
~ REYKJAVIK PROPER, which I'm checking out for because Iceland's beauty is OTHERWORLDLY and, depending on the outcome of the presidential election, I may be in the market for a new homeland
Every step of the way, I intend to bring the European tour experience to my readers using words, pictures, videos, and social media.
how many people want to go on this tour to celebrate the resurrection of their orchestra, but can't. So I want to bring all the excitement to you
as a way of saying thank-you for all you've done for this magnificent ensemble.
If you want to help, toss a few bills in the hat and accept my SINCEREST thanks!
All money raised will pay hotel, airfare, ticket, and GoFundMe costs; on the off chance there is any extra money raised, it will go to improving the blog or covering coverage-related incidentals. :)
Guys, I'm so excited and thrilled and honored to be doing this. I really, really, REALLY hope you enjoy, and I'll catch you on the road!
Lots of love,