We moved to the Washington DC area September 1 or 27 days ago. For the most part, it's been life as normal with the exception of unboxing, searching for lost stuff, and trying to find our way around. The early days of any move are rather like a camping trip gone wrong, aren't they?
But on Saturday, we went to the season opening gala of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. I won't bore you with all I did to get ready. Suffice it to say, I wanted to look my best. After all, I was there as both a newbie Washingtonian and the wife of the Steinway Piano dealer for the metropolitan DC area. I didn't want to feel self-conscious. I wanted to hold my head up and feel at my best, so I put extra effort in by getting the perfect long black dress, making a hair appointment, having my nails done, and all that girlie stuff.
We were invited by our friends Michael and Noemi Neidorff from Centene Corporation, and that was comforting because Michael and Noemi are lovely people. Very kind. Very much involved in the arts. Noemi is a fine pianist and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. And they are from St. Louis, our former home, so I felt comforted the moment I spotted Noemi in her lovely periwinkle blue gown that matched her eyes. Michael gave me a big hug, and introduced me to his sister, and other people in their party.
We stood in the Hall of States at the Kennedy Center. http://www.kennedy-center.org/about/virtual_tour/hall_of_states.html All I could think to myself was, "I've seen this on TV so many times!" In another area, we passed the enormous bust of John F. Kennedy and the stunning chandeliers, it's really sumptuous. Then up to our box in the Concert Hall Here's the link http://www.kennedy-center.org/about/virtual_tour/concerthall.html Along the way we passed Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell, and Barbara Walters. (So we were box-neighbors.)
Highlights of the music included Jozsef Lendvay, a gypsy violinist, who totally rocked the audience. Noemi explained to me that in her country (Hungary) fathers pass along the talent and the music to their sons. I'd believe it. The gay and playful tune came from deep inside this man.
Next Kissin played Chopin. His mastery is truly astonishing. David think he might be one of our best living pianists. Of course, our Steinway sounded just fantastic.