YPSO packed up the coaches for a day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia today. The weather has turned cool in the low 70s with a pleasant breeze, perfect for touring. Our buses safely crossed through the border amidst level fields of flourishing crops and within an hour glimpsed the picturesque old town and castle of Bratislava.
We disembarked at the Bratislava River Center and knew we had landed in a distant village because the WC facilities suddenly cost E.50 !?!?
We strolled with our four local guides to the Old Town and got a flavor for the unique Slovakian culture. Post-communist Slovakians wanted to rebuild the city with the character that exemplified the people’s humor and optimism, refurbishing and painting its buildings in bright colors with whimsical flare.
Some found the experience of eating traditional Slovakian fare transformative!
The orchestra has had plenty of experience accompanying soloists throughout the season, but this was their first time ever playing with Marion Svetlik. Mr. Svetlik is concertmaster of the Slovak Radio Symphony. His interpretation of the Bruch violin concerto was different from our previous soloist’s and equally gorgeous. The orchestra accompanied him beautifully and Mr. Svetlik was very complimentary.
The Slovak Radio Concert Hall is actually a recording studio, and our hosts recorded the concert. They will broadcast it on a very popular and prestigious classical music program. Their announcer will introduce YPSO. We will let you know the broadcast date as soon as we hear more details.
Besides many family and friends, we recruited some new YPSO fans including our bus drivers and tour guides. After spending many days with these seemingly normal, goofy American kids, they were blown away by their talent, artistry and impressive work ethic.