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A rib too far?

19 April, 2013

Poor Katie isn’t feeling her best this morning…

“There are few worse times in the world to be feeling ill than on tour, when you’re thousands of miles from home.

“Unfortunately, however, that is my lot this morning, having had a sleepless night for more reasons than just the over-excitable group of teenage volleyball players squealing through the corridors of the Kansas City Downtown Marriott until the early hours.

“Luckily for me, I have been tasked with updating our loyal readers and fans on our movements of the day just gone. I am currently sitting in bed with a laptop balanced on my knee as the minutes tick by, checking the word count of this document every few seconds and willing some semi-coherent thoughts to form. (I thought I’d finally put these days behind me when I left university!)

“In my blog of a week or so ago, I waxed lyrical about the weird and the wonderful elements of the touring lifestyle, and yesterday was probably a fair reflection of both of those.

“We began the day with a live recording at the colossal headquarters of Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington DC, an astonishing labyrinth filled with more studios, recording equipment and CDs than I have ever seen in one place. Feeling the strain of the early hour, we primed ourselves with caffeine, did some crucial warming up and were quickly off into a four-piece set, only pausing to reassure the tenors that their top Gs at the start of Lassus’ In monte oliveti were sounding as radiant as usual!

“After three of our party wrapped up an interview with the wonderful David Srebnik, who is Director of the Classical Music Program at the station, in record time, we had time for an impromptu performance to camera.  We’ll post the video as soon as we get it!

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Some more Lassus, this time the delightfully sensual Veni dilecte mi, drew a crowd of impossibly cool DJs and station staff, who all thankfully seemed to enjoy it! Before we had time to catch our breath, we were whisked off to the airport for our seventh flight of the tour so far, to Kansas City.

“After wading to our rooms through the crowds of volleyballers mentioned earlier, and discarding our ‘Welcome, Volleyball Fans!’ letters (the National Qualifiers are taking place here this weekend), we set off to Jack Stack’s BBQ for dinner, which came highly recommended from a celebrity Stile fan, Kansas-born mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. It did not disappoint. Following on from our New Haven experience (involving some truly enormous pizzas), this was a night of pure indulgence, and we thoroughly enjoyed the chance to sample the local beers, enormous plates of steaks and ribs, and for some brave eaters, even dessert! It was a truly American dining experience, and it’s definitely too soon to say whether I will be eating quite so much meat again in a hurry.

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“Today we are performing in the beautiful, golden-domed Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception here in Kansas City, before heading onwards to our final venue, New York City.”