This is my FOURTH consecutive week of commuting back and forth from el D.F. to Xalapa, Veracruz, via autobús, to perform with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa.
I now know the city a bit better (by foot), and I’ve formed friendships with some of my great colleagues in the orchestra. Personally, it’s been a thrill to play some Mexican music in a Mexican orchestra. I especially enjoyed playing JANITZIO by Silvestre Revueltas and, of all things, the American composer Aaron Copland’s EL SALÓN MÉXICO!
During my first week here, we performed in standard concert attire: tuxedos (for men, obviously.) For the weeks following, the dress changed to México’s alternative concert attire: a long-sleeved, white GUAYABERA! (This one is very similar to mine).
It was fun to go to the store and buy one, as I have yet to buy myself anything inherently Mexican since I’ve been here. It’s nice to have something to perform in here, and also to wear out to the cantinas.
As I mentioned above, each weekend I’ve been traveling by bus.
The first weekend back (for us both) was a scramble to get our affairs in order, organize for the following week(s), and spend a little time together. In my second week here in Xalapa we played a series of concerts around the city called VIVE LA MUSICA, VIVE LA ORQUESTA.
We performed for anniversaries of a large hospital and 3 city universities. In addition to the performance schedule, I’ve been doing a bit of teaching at the Instituto Superior de Música del Estado de Veracruz (ISMEV or “the institute”). Despite all of that activity, the REAL reason that I haven’t blogged in a while is because at the end of that second week I got really sick. I’m not sure that it was the REVENGE proper, but it took a solid week-to-10-days for me to feel 100%, and the general consensus is that, as a gringo living in México for a month, it was my time to get sick due to the different microorganisms that “reside” here.
Next time: Xalapa weeks 3 & 4
Review of México City Phil Concert of Mahler’s Second Symphony
Review of a book about el D.F. by David Lida
And I always miss Mary E while I’m here in Xalapa, and the best is when she comes with me (last time because we were without water for 3 days, joy!)