Philadelphians on the town |

Philadelphians on the town

Caramie SchnellVail, CO, Colorado
Illustratioin by Dawn Beacon/Vail Daily

Flyfishing at Homestake.Picnics in the woods.Rafting the Colorado.Day trips to Aspen.Ever wonder what the magic musicians gracing the Ford Amphitheater stage do during their Beethoven-free time? Well, in between rehearsals, chamber concerts at the Vilar, open-air concerts at the amphitheater and private in-home performances, the 104 melody makers find time for fun be it in the river, on the mountain or in a nearby town.Im having a great time its lovely here, the people here are really wonderful. Its much better than being back in Philadelphia where its a 100 degrees, said Katherine Blodgett, director of public relations for the orchestra.The Philadelphia folks came to town last Thursday. Most of the musicians spent the first two days acclimating to the altitude, they said. The first performance was Saturday night, their final will be Saturday evening at the Ford Amphitheater. After performing three nights in a row, the musicians first real break was Tuesday and Wednesday.

Its not unusual to find people in a clump, heading to dinner, or rafting. Its a pretty active group of musicians, Blodgett said. There are groups rafting, people hiking and flyfishing and there is definitely some bicycling going on as well.While a large group of people rafted the Arkansas River, David Kim, the Philadelphias concert master, spent Tuesday rafting down the Shoshone section of the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon with his wife, two daughters and fellow violinist, Anna Marie Petersen and her family. It was the first time on the river for his daughters Natalie, 6, and Maggie 5.It was such a memorable day for my family. It was a real hit no one got scared and no one fell out, Kim said.Its also his familys first time in Vail, and Kims second he performed as a member of the Dallas Symphony during the 1998 Bravo! festival.When I tour internationally I dont bring the family, thats why its such a treat for us to be here, he saidOn Wednesday, Kim planned to drive to Aspen, where he spent many of his childhood summers, he said. Afterwards, hell head to a home in Beaver Creek for his second patron dinner of the week. Its intense, but a wonderful experience, he said.

Its Daniel Hans first season with the Philadelphia Orchestra and second time in Vail, the 30-year-old violinist said. Were having a lot of fun here and hope that we can keep coming back here. Its a very unique festival in that theres three great orchestras coming to participate here thats very rare, Han said.Though Han has managed to spend some time with his wife and his in-laws on his day off, hes spent a significant amount of his time practicing, he said. Well hopefully get to go hiking and maybe go up the gondola once, but Im pretty busy, for me, since its my first year, its pretty demanding. Theres only one rehearsal for a full program. As much as its paradise, its not really a vacation. Though my wife has been enjoying the spa, pool and the gym here, he said.Ricardo Morales, widely considered to be the best living clarinetist in the world, Kim said, has been spending time with his girlfriend while in town, he said.Weve been enjoying ourselves immensely … We had a picnic today in the woods, Morales said. Before leaving, Morales plans to go hiking.Im a little bit of a worry wart though, I just want to make sure to not be overly tired for the next day, he said. One of Morales favorite parts of the trip has been interacting with his colleagues and their famililes, he said.We hardly ever get to do that at home since everybody is busy with their lives. Ive been playing with their daughters, meeting their family and having a good time, Morales said.Nearly half of the orchestra members brought their families on the trip to Vail, Blodgett said. Most afternoons, some of the families meet down by the pool at either the Cascade Club or Antlers, the two hotels where orchestra members are staying.Were really forging friendships, Kim said. When were back at home, as soon as were done with rehearsals we go back home as fast as we can. Here, were hanging out.Arts & Entertainment Writer Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or

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