Thursday morning we headed to Celaya. We were more subdued because Elisa didn't feel great and Becky found out that her kids were sick back at home. However, we had an easy drive and arrived in Celaya around 1pm. We didn't have a lot of time as our concert was scheduled for 5pm, so we ate quickly (Elisa got a chance to rest) and then had a bit of time to practice before the concert.
The performance was in a beautiful little hall in the Casa de Cultura. There was a 6' Bechstein for Becky (yay!!!!) and we were also inside for the first time on the tour so we were all thrilled that we wouldn't have to contend with the breeze blowing our pages around (we had some exciting adventures of that nature earlier in the week!)
The hall was packed and we played our hearts out--it was so great to be able to hear each other well and play with acoustic sound. It was also a million degrees in the hall so we were all dripping sweat. Perhaps that contributed to the intensity.
After the concert we got to meet some of the audience members and chat with the director. Then we were taken on a tour of the music conservatory which is only a few blocks from the Casa de Cultura. The students there are putting on an opera in a few weeks so we got to peek in on a rehearsal. The composer is Celayan and the story is based on the history of the city.
The conservatory also has some great performance spaces where we hope to be able to perform on a future tour. It was not possible this time due to the opera.