We arrived at Newark airport around 2 p.m., picked up the ”small” SUV Infinity rental car from Hertz and drove to Philadelphia. The first week we stayed with Patrik’s friend american composer Richard Belcastro, his lovely wife Lili and their cats and dogs. A great house with a great back yard just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square.
|The ”small” SUV, In Sweden this would be more like XL size car.
18th of March
We needed some Marshall Mini-Amps for a piece by Ida Lundén…We did some research and found out that the extra super large Franklin Mills Mall offered what we desired. Road trip USA!
|Marshall Mini-Amps for Himmelsschlüsselblumen by Ida Lundén
Our concert schedule
- March 21st 15.00 Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ
- March 26th 12.00 Noon Concert Series, Arts Club of Washington
- March 28th Performing Arts Concert Series at Delaware County Community College, PA
- March 29th Wesley College Music Department in Dover, DE
21st of March
We performed the first concert in Christ Church Parish Hall in Short Hills, NJ. All arranged by my friend Tracy that I met in Bennington, VT during AEM 2005.
A small but enthusiastic audience greeted us that afternoon. We even got the chance to talk to each and one of them at the reception that followed our concert. Thank you for arranging a reception Tracy.
|Performing in Christ Church Parish Hall in Short Hills, NJ
|Arts Club of Washington
25th-26th of March
For the second concert we had the privilege to visit the Capital. We stayed at the Aloft Washington National Harbor Hotel 1 hour outside of DC A beautiful little town perfect for conferences and conventions. Quite natural since the property also features Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the largest hotel in the Washington, DC area.
The journey back to Philly took 5hrs…Road trip USA!
27th of March
Ricky and Lili took us to jail. The Eastern State Penitentiary.
28th of March
Third concert took place at Performing Arts Concert Series at Delaware County Community College arranged by composer Richard Belcastro. A young audience this time. Student’s of Rickys who all had assignments on writing an essey about what they experienced during our concert. What a responsibility.
29th of March
The last concert of the tour in Wesley College Music Department in Dover arranged by composer David Laganella. As an old friend of Patrik’s David invited us to stay with him, his gorgeous wife Hillary their son and three cats. They live in beautiful house on which they did all the renovation themselves.
30th of March-2nd of April
Visited Ocean City and bought ridiculously large pizzas at the famous Mack & Manco. Special orders from the Laganellas.
|Patrik with Mack & Manco pizzas
|Mack & Manco on the board walk in Ocean City
4th of April
Road trip USA! Driving to New York City. It took 4hrs. Never make appointments in NYC. But we actually manage to have dinner as planned settled the olf fashion way (by telephone ONE time) with friends from Stockholm, our new host the american composer Drew Hemenger and his friend Sidney. Drew took us to a great restaurant around 23rd and 7th st (I think)
5th of April
Last day in the states. I’ll let the pics do the writing.
|Empire State Building by night,
View from Drew’s apartment.