To keep up with the Campolindo band during its trip to Russia, go to http://www.campomusic.org/web_site/St. _Petersburg_Trip/index.php:
Here’s a report from Jackie Burrell, Contra Costa Times feature writer who is there: “Last night’s Campolindo band concert at St. Petersburg’s Cappella Hall was magical — fantastic acoustics, amazing performance, a standing room only crowd roaring its approval, dignitaries (including a representative from the Russian Federal Ministry of Culture, the American Consul-General and the dean of the Palace for Children’s Creativity, a 17K-student school) praising our teenagers for their role as cultural ambassadors, and the amazing sight of Campolindo’s musicians onstage with their Russian counterparts, in bright red military-style uniforms, performing Russian victory marches and “Stars and Stripes Forever” together. For the adults in the audience — including us chaperones, Cold War era babies, every one — the evening stood as an unbelievable, awe inspiring, beacon of hope for the future. As we boarded the buses afterward in a euphoric daze, the gentleman from the Russian Ministry of Culture came to see Mr. Benstein and our young musicians off, and to say he was relaying that message of hope to Moscow.
“We spent this morning at Peter the Great’s summer palace in a flurry of snowflakes — fat flakes that glistened on our coats and fancy Russian scarves (the kids went for the fur hats and Paul Mack has amassed a monumental collection of chapeaux, but the rest of us went for the scarves!). We’re back at the hotel now, the snow has melted and the sun is shining once more, as we scurry to pack before dinner. We head for the airport at 2 a.m., after the final festivities with our Russian musical colleagues, so the next time you hear from us, we’ll be home! ”
[Posted: Jackie Burrell, Wednesday, April 04, 2007]