Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A bit about the weekend

Here I am sitting in the library “working” and I thought I would take this chance to update the ol’ blog while I had the chance.

Let’s see what have I been up to…

Friday was the day that we were to present our first project for architecture. I mentioned before that it was a group project and we were working on analyzing the urban core of Helsinki. I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out, but I think it went very well.

The presentation format was a little bit different then I was used to. They had all of us groups set up all around a room (kind of like a science fair) Then they had made up a schedule of professors rotating from group to group and for each group to also watch other presentation.

All of these projects are going to be ones that we will be visiting on our tour in March. So one of the main purposes of this project was to have us all learn about different sites and buildings so we will better know what we are looking at while there. It was kinda cool to walk around the room and see all the different studies that people had built.

Oh and when I was walking around taking pictures one of the AD staff asked me if I want to take pictures for the school here to use, cause apparently they are always looking for good photos of students actually doing academics for use in advertising and such. :)

Then On Saturday I slept in and decided to sit in and watch one of my host Dad’s rehearsals. It was really very cool! He works for the Royal Danish orchestra which performs in both the New Opera House and the Royal Danish Theatre. This was in the theatre which was built in 1748 and is really a beautiful hall!

They were working on the opera “The Marriage of Figaro” and I must say that even though this was just a rehearsal it sounded really amazing! Personally with my lack of experience with really high class opera I don’t think I could have really told the difference between this and what might be their finest performance. They do it all the old fashioned way with no electronic amplification. I am amazed at the way they could clearly project while acting very well, and singing very difficult parts. Really cool!

I then spent the afternoon wandering around taking photos of the city!

On Sunday after visiting a church (I will have to post again sometime about churches and such) I went to a concert at a castle that my host Dad organizes concerts for. He asked me to come and take some photos for him because he doesn’t really have any good images to use for advertising the shows. I of course obliged :)

Then after the show I was waiting to leave with my host Dad and was talking a bit with the girls who had just played the concert. They were amazing musicians by the way! Four young ladies who are right around 20 playing what I think is probably the best string quartet music that I have ever heard. Really cool

Anyway they are trying to become a full time chamber music group and are going to really high class competitions and stuff like that. “The Nightingale String Quartet” They are also working on a website and are trying to advertise themselves. So they wanted to see some of the pictures that I had taken…

They ended up asking me to take some more photographs of them. So they went back out into the concert hall and played again while I took all sorts of pictures of them. I quite enjoyed doing it and I’m pretty excited about how some of them turned out!

I’m gunna go back thru and put some photos in this post so you all can see some of what I’ve been writing about… probably this evening.

Till then…

1 comment:

brooklyn's bridge said...

Ah! Such a great post! I'm so excited for you and all the amazing experiences you're having and YES - I am excessively jealous ;-D You communicate your adventures well tho...for this I am extremely thankful...I still can't believe you got to listen to them rehearse the Marriage of Figaro - OH MY GOODNESS!!!!