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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Italy 1997-98

In the summer of 1997, I studied conducting at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. That year and in 1998, my girlfriend and I travelled quite a bit throughout Italy, and I also participated in conducting competitions in Parma and Trento.

Some of my favorite experiences included conducting Respighi's "Trittico Boticelliano" and seeing the original three paintings which inspired this work in Firenza. I also had the unique experience of a personal guided tour of Respighi's "Fountains of Rome" by maestro Gian Luigi Zampieri. (Isn't it great how you can find almost anyone on the internet these days?)

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