Spring Break in Europe!
I’ve never been so happily jetlagged.
Over Spring Break, I was lucky enough to get to travel to Dublin and London with three singers from Juilliard as part of a project called Drums and Guns, a combination of poetry and song to commemorate the centennial of the Easter Rising in Ireland and World War I. The project also involved singers and pianists from The Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and it was so much fun to get to meet and work with them. After a week of rehearsals in Dublin, performances at the Lir Theatre at Trinity College, followed by an engagement at the Milton Court Theatre in London, we all became extremely close. Next month, we’ll all be reunited when we perform here at Juilliard! The production itself examines war in both contemporary and historical contexts through Irish, British, and American lenses, with music and poetry of each nationality. It was also fascinating to see how widely music education varied in our respective countries of origin. I love getting to perform with my colleagues at Juilliard, but it was an eye opening experience to get to work with artists from other schools, not to mention a TON of fun.
Here are some highlights from the trip!
Iain Burnside, the creator and director of this project, coaching Dominik, a Juilliard baritone, and me. Such a beautiful rehearsal space!
The General Post Office in Dublin, the pivotal location of the 1916 Easter Rising.
We got to perform on BBC radio in London!
London by Night.
The incredible cast of Drums and Guns.