All aboard for an early evening cruise on the Michigan Princess riverboat!
And here's a bit of night music to enjoy on our cruise! The classical guitar and cello duet, "Light Blue." (the composer, Giorgio Mirto, is heard in this playing.) Cue the music!
We arrived in time to stroll around the deck before the concert began. It was a perfect summer evening!
The Michigan Princess has been around for a long while. I was pleased to learn that a former high school classmate was now its owner/manager.
Inside, it has been beautifully appointed with numerous tables on its three decks to accommodate parties and a dance floor as well. I loved the details like the inverted acorn finials on the stairwell.
The view from above was lovely. This is Michigan's Grand River, which runs through much of the state.
I wouldn't want to swim in it, but there are plenty of fishermen and boaters and on this evening a number of them were enjoying the warm temperatures and sunny skies.
As we moved along, we could see some lovely homes along the riverbank.
The evening included five pieces by Boccherini, Vivaldi, Paganini and Mirto and was a beautiful combination of guitar, violin, cello and viola.
We especially loved hearing our friend Giogio's piece beautifully played by Igor Cetkovic on cello and Matthew Cosgrove on guitar. Igor had been the cellist at the world premiere of this piece with the Saginaw Symphony last winter during his visit to Michigan.
As I listened it reminded me of many wonderful times. When Rick was at music camp recently, he, too, took on the guitar part of this duo. (But I actually think the way it's written, the cello is the star. Which, I might add, I think is very generous for a composer who is a guitarist to do.)
It was a beautiful venue for classical music and a wonderful evening.
We were sorry to have it end.
For those in the mid-Michigan area, the next classical concert, an all-Vivaldi evening, will be on Thursday, July 12.
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