Leaving at an unbearably early hour, we flew to Frankfurt, connect through endless terminals to a flight to Copenhagen, picked up a van and drove three hours west to the Danish island of Langeland for a concert in a tiny church in the town of Stoense.
Although the church seats only a few hundred, the audience is made up of people who journey from all over Denmark to hear us there, a very touching sight.
Visiting Langeland this time was a bittersweet occasion, as our good friend who had started and run the series for many years had passed away during the winter. His family, which has lived in the same little castle in nearby Steensgaard for around five hundred years (really!) is continuing the concert tradition, which includes dinner at the castle after the concert. Haydn was Bo Steensen-Leth’s favorite composer, and coincidentally not only were we programmed to play Haydn, but the day happened to the exact 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death. As an encore, in tribute to Bo and the Haydn, we played the beautiful slow movement from Op. 74 No. 2.
We stayed in the charming little town of Lohals nearby, and after lunch with Mrs. Steensen-Leth and her family in the castle’s kitchen, drove to Copenhagen for a night off.
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