Rachel Grasso, a clarinet teacher, attended The River Ensemble Concert held at the ICCC on August 21st. Here is how she accounts for this experience:
When traveling to Woodbourne, NY on a Sunday August 21st with my husband Carmine, to attend and support my clarinet student Brittney Donovan’s performance with The River Ensemble, I was pleasantly delighted to find a beautiful retreat and venue for artists. I had never heard of The International Center for a Culture of Compassion and Hearts Home until that day.
We were welcomed with such generous hospitality by the French Fathers and Sisters that hosted this event. The rustic barn, where the recital was being presented, made me feel as if I was back in time at one of the summer music festivals that I once attended as a young clarinet student.
The musical performances by The River Ensemble and compositions by the talented 16 year old Aaron Cush Solberg were delightful, the food was delicious and most of all I enjoyed the sincere and interesting conversations with friends, family, artists and hosts from Hearts Home.
As a professional clarinetist and teacher I thought this peaceful retreat could give me, as well as other artists, an opportunity to get away from the other distractions of day to day living so that the focus could be on creating music in a relaxed environment.
As my husband and I departed back home to Marlboro at the end of the day, we had experienced many great surprises that filled us with inspiration and for myself, pride for my student Brittney’s performance with her musical colleagues.
Thanks for ICCC’s humility, compassion, peace and generosity as well as Aaron Solberg’s idea to create this event. I believe you all help to make the world a better place!