Last weekend, we had the excellent fortune to be in Reading, PA (Rachel’s hometown) at the same time as the Brentano Quartet! Not only did we get to hear them play some amazing concerts on the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading series – their Schubert G Major was jaw-dropping – we got to spend some quality time talking over the finer points of the quartet lifestyle. We especially had Nina Maria Lee captive, along with her husband Windsor, and their adorable daughter Anouk, as the three of them were staying at Rachel’s house… along with the entire Æolus Quartet… and of course a few of our pals from the Philadelphia area dropped by too. Needless to say, floor space was prime real estate. 3 air mattresses, 2 couches, and all the beds in the house!

Mark, Nina, Drs. Tom Souders and Neil Hoffman (FOCM,) Serena, and Misha

Sightreading Schubert Cello Quintet with Nina!!! Even after performing two full programs with her quartet, she was still game to read with us :)


Anouk appears ambivalent about the prospects of a career in music… although we have been told she plays a mean cardboard violin.

Another round of amusing Alan and Rachel through the mail slot. All in a hard day’s work.

With our dear friends Carlos and Ayane! CIM ’09

Mother and daughter :)

Carlos doing all the grunt work for our Sunday brunch.

Ellen and John Shapiro! The merry hosts :)

Windsor and Anouk utilizing one of the eight bubble blowers provided for them at the Shapiro house.