Following my epically delicious dinner Saturday night, I came back to my BnB, put up my blog posts, then went to bed.
And 12 hours later, I woke up Sunday afternoon
This is the first continuous night of sleep I've had in a few days, and it felt marvelous. [Spoiler alert: as I write this on Monday morning, I ended up getting very little sleep last night]
So my Sunday afternoon was spent working on plans for post-Vilnius - what's next after I leave Lithuania. I'll be here until February 10, then a short flight back over to Moscow, overnight stay in a hotel at the airport, then my next flight to... TEXAS! Musescore will be at TMEA and I'm thrilled that I get to go along. Following TMEA, I'll be heading back to Russia and spending some time in Saint Petersburg before I'll eventually end up back home in South Carolina.
After finalizing these plans, my next stop was to head over the Lithuanian Academy of Theatre and Music (the National Conservatory), where I was invited to check out a Brass Band rehearsal. The walk over to that side of town was great, and I stumbled across a park with a public, outdoor ice skating rink set up.
After a few minutes of watching things at the skating rink, it was time to cross the street to go to the brass band rehearsal. As I turned around and got a view of the facade of the Conservatory, it really was quite a beautiful building - and the hall where the brass band was rehearsing inside was no less spectacular.
The rehearsal I got to observe was just fantastic. The group is comprised of music students from two different schools, nominated by their directors to come together for this ensemble to participate in the European Brass Band championships. Their level of performance was great, even on the material they were sight-reading during the rehearsal.