Saturday morning Becky got up early and spent a bit of time practicing on the keyboard before we needed to return it to Dulce. Maureen's dad made us a beautiful breakfast and then we headed to Dulce's. After dropping off the keyboard we took a little driving tour of San Miguel on the way back to the house. What a spectacular city! Definitely a highlight of the trip.
After practicing a bit at the house and getting our showers, we went to a place in town for lunch before our rehearsal with the orchestra. Sadly we were running a bit late so by the time our food arrived we had to leave in order to not be late for rehearsal. We were not late to rehearsal, however, apparently this would be the one time that something started early? As we walked in, the orchestra was half way through the first piece. We made our way in and got to work! Maureen's parents were kind enough to bring our food down to the hall which we ate later during our break.
The rehearsal ran right up to the time of the concert so we ran off the stage and dove into our gowns in the dressing room. I don't think we've ever gotten dressed for a concert so fast in our entire lives--about 3 minutes later we were walking onto the stage!
Needless to say, having only had one short rehearsal during which we didn't even cover all the repertoire for the concert, our adrenaline was a bit high. However the concert went off fine without any major disasters--and even some really lovely moments. At the end the trio played the first movement of Cafe Music for which we got a standing ovation and then the audience starting chanting for another encore so we ended up playing Oblivion as well.
While some of the orchestra members left right away and we didn't get to talk to them, others were incredibly enthusiastic and were excited about the prospect of us returning for a future collaboration.
Maureen had friends in the audience as well and it was fun for all of us to meet them.
We finished out the evening at the local spot in San Miguel where people line up out the door for the churros and hot chocolate. It started sprinkling as we were waiting in line and by the time we finished in the restaurant it was full on pouring and there was a rushing river flowing down the street about 4 inches deep. We waited by the door for about 30 minutes thinking it would let up so we could get to our car without soaking our feet. But....no. Finally Maureen's dad braved the river and brought the car up to the curb for us so we could easily crawl in (the 3 amigas in the back seat under the cello!).
It's our official last night of the trio tour as Becky flies back to Pittsburgh tomorrow. Maureen has other performances here in Mexico in the upcoming week and Elisa is staying on with her to enjoy the country for a few more days and do a bit of sightseeing.
What a fun trip--looking forward to being in Mexico again soon!!!!