Music and amuses house concert in Utrecht, 17 April 2010


continued from Muziek en amuses concertblog.

Upstairs in the architect’s office overlooking the canal, we changed into our respective performance clothes. I put on a green Laura Ashley dress that I had bought half a lifetime ago, and still, amazingly fitted and looked brand new. Until recently, I never had much opportunity to wear such traditional gowns with puffy sleeves. Perhaps secretly I knew one day I’d wear them on stage.

Robert looked outside and noticed many bicycles parked on the pavement. We knew the concert was sold out weeks before. We were curious if anyone from the waiting list managed to get in at the very last minute.

Robert Bekkers waits for the Muziek en Amuses house concert on 17 April 2010

Robert Bekkers waits for the Muziek en Amuses house concert on 17 April 2010

The volume level downstairs started to rise. We could tell the house was getting pretty full. Before long, Elsbeth, the artist who owned the house, knocked on our door to ask if we were ready. We walked into a room packed with people. A guest later told us that she counted 70 bodies.

Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo in concert, 17 April 2010

Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo in concert, 17 April 2010

As with all concerts that we had a hand in planning, it seemed an eternity before the final moment arrived. And as soon as we started our performance, it seemed a split of a second before it was over. The actual playing time was less than an hour. Add the verbal introductions and explanations, which Robert and I took turns (he in Dutch and I in English), the concert was over by 9:45 pm. It was time to leave Elsbeth’s house and walk to the home of Chefs Ivo and Paulien.

Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo concert in an artist's home

Bekkers Piano Guitar Duo concert in an artist's home

The two pianists I had invited to the house concert wanted to check out the August Forster piano. I stayed back to talk to them. While collecting my things upstairs, I heard one of them play a beautiful Chopin Berceuse. How lovely it was to hear such music throughout this house!

The post-concert reception of home-made gourmet finger food and fine wines was in full swing by the time I got there. After the conquering the steep stair case, I walked into a grand room that buzzed with conversation. Everyone was occupied.

The post-concert reception at Ivo and Paulien's herenhuis

The post-concert reception at Ivo and Paulien's herenhuis

Later we learned that the last guests left at 4 am. What a party it was!

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