String Trio, Corporate Function, Dallas Burston Polo Club.
Ah, Sundays! Brunch, eggs benedict, champagne… and polo. Our journey up to the Dallas Burston Polo Club began that morning at the almost criminally early hour of 8:30 A.M. I know it doesn’t sound too rough, but Iryna was coming from Greenwich, and we all congregated way at the end of the Piccadilly Line where I live. (Apologies to everyone.) In America, water polo is the variety I am familiar with, so I was wildly excited to see what the horse variety entailed. Though obviously enthralling, I do not have the long distance vision or the knowledge to follow the noble sport of polo. It did look quite raucous and competitive though. The Giardino trio played through some timeless classical classics whilst the guests arrived and the matches began. I knew chic hats were a must at the races, but apparently they are at polo as well! I was thrilled; I hope to be able to pull off a tiny hat with style and ease one day, just as these luncheon ladies did. After the matches, we reconvened inside, where we were asked to set up in the middle of the room, in a circle, all facing outwards. For those of you who are not familiar with a traditional string trio set up, this might seem a very aesthetically pleasing and sensible arrangement. For those of you who are familiar with a traditional string trio set up, you can see why the Giardino String Trio found themselves in something of a pickle. How on earth were we supposed to communicate with each other if we couldn’t see each other? There was no way our hemiola-filled ragtimes, and waltzes, and arias would make any sense if we weren’t playing together! What a dilemma. However, as usual, we rose to the occasion. And guess what?! It was a raging success. Without the use of our eyes or body language, we only had our ears to rely upon, and this made all the difference. Being able to listen is a musician’s most important skill, and so we used our ears to the max, and delivered one of our strongest performances ever.
Written by Corinna Boylan, cellist at Giardino Strings.