Afternoon Tea Trio and Duets

The final day of the July house concert festival at the Monument House Utrecht, Netherlands is dedicated to exploring the future for classical musicians. Egyptian dinner for those who stay (reservations required) to discuss.

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Also known as Trio Afternoon Tea and Piano Duets

subtitled: Musicians Open Day

What do we want to do after hosting two consecutive concerts from our home? Chill out.

I want to hear the brand new trio of French horn, concert harp, and soprano — an unusual combination.

Trio Afternoon Tea: Emile Kaper, Kitty de Geus, Maria Pozdynakova
Trio Afternoon Tea: Emile Kaper, Kitty de Geus, Maria Pozdynakova

I want to play and hear the new multi-hand piano duets that did not get performed in San Francisco.

But most of all, I’d like to get the two pianists Nathanael May and Brendan Kinsella to share their views on the future for professional classically-trained musicians and conduct a career workshop. To lure musicians to participate in the discussions on topics close to their hearts, I am inviting a professional photographer and videographer to make press photographs and videos. I am inviting Chef Hany to once again provide an Egyptian feast for all. We will have workshops on how to launch a concert tour, writing professional biographies, and advanced networking skills.

Like the two previous events in this weekend of house concerts at the Monument House, there will be organic wine tasting, raffle draw, and silent auction. What’s different is that the performances are FREE to the public. The dinner is again 18 euros (but including a glass of organic wine).

Musicians get a discount of 10 euros if they recruit 1 dinner guest; 5 euros if they recruit 2 dinner guests; and a free dinner if they recruit 3 dinner guests. Otherwise, they pay 15 euros (not including wine, which is 2 euros per glass). In other words, musicians (performer, composer, conductor, teacher) pay nothing if they get 3 guests to reserve/pay dinners, 5 euros if 2 guests, 10 euros if 1 guest.

Discussion panels topics:

  • future of classical musicians’ career (given budget cuts), i.e. how to survive as a musician after budget cuts
  • work life balance: how to have a career in music and have a family
  • concert touring: how to do this, costs and benefits, contacts
  • house concerts: variety of approaches, audience development
  • music for a cause: fundraising, publicity, and the new revenue model
  • what do you need to have a career in music? website? photographs? social media networking?

To reserve, visit the High Note Live website.

The concert itself is FREE — or rather, by donations only — similar to the Glass Vase Concert of 2011 concept.

"Blue and White Vases"  24x36 acrylic on hard board by Rob Judkins (2011)
"Blue and White Vases" 24x36 acrylic on hard board by Rob Judkins (2011)

Who is joining us for the Egyptian dinner?

Tonight I counted 46 mouths to feed on Sunday 23rd May. Only a third of them are local (i.e. Utrecht). The rest are coming from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Nijmegen, and Eindhoven.

Monument House in Utrecht
Monument House in Utrecht

Long ago when Emile Kaper, French horn player, and I first discussed the idea of a “glass vase concert” where entry is free but donations to the “glass vase” are asked to help cover the costs, we thought about food. Hungry musicians need to eat —after they play. And musicians love to eat well.

He knew a Thai chef and an Egyptian chef. I knew a Chinese chef. We asked if they were available to cook for us.

Sunday 23rd May 2010 was chosen for this house concert because of the public holiday on Monday and Jeff Abrams’ visit from Houston. Jeff produces mega house concerts that end in a jam session. Indeed this latter aspect is attracting several of my Rotary friends who play music instruments.

Tonight I counted 46 mouths to feed on Sunday 23rd May. Ten more non-dining guests have reserved to come to different concerts. But then there are many more who have not reserved —- and not necessary either, as entrance is entirely FREE! And they can choose which of the 4 concerts to come to. One, two, three, or all!

There are three kinds of attendees for this Sunday’s Glass Vase Concert.

1) Those that come early and don’t stay for dinner.
2) Those that want to stay for dinner usually come just before or at dinner so that can stay for the jam session.
3) Those that come after dinner for the jam session.

In other words, most of the guests are coming for the jam session.

Only a third of them are local (i.e. Utrecht). The rest are coming from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Nijmegen, and Eindhoven.

Over half have never been to our Monument House Concert Series in our home.

What will go well with Egyptian dinner and throughout the day? 36 bottles of French wines from a local wine merchant who also plays classical guitar:

  • Chateau Saint Florin 2007 (Bordeaux Rose 12.5%)
  • Blanville Red 2006 (13%)
  • Domaine Du Pere Caboche Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (13%)

And don’t forget 20 litres of home brewed ale and 25 litres of home brewed bitter!