A week from today I’ll be on my way to the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival (July 23 – August 1), which is a wonderful little festival in one of those special out-of-the-way places that really are truly magical. Last year’s festival was cancelled due to the huge wildfires in the area, several of which forced evacuations of much of the valley. This year (fingers crossed) it seems as though Mother Nature is cooperating. I’ll be playing three different chamber works with piano this year: John Harbison’s Piano Quintet, and the Piano Quartets of Dvorak (the E-flat) and Schumann. I’m so looking forward to this!