August 2007

Latitude Adjustment

Author: Kate Keep

The Seas were Alive with the Sound of Music!

Russ and I were joined by islanders, Peggy and Hal Ashworth, Anne and Barry Bannister and Jerry and Carolyn Voight. We were all anticipating a week of wonderful music on board the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Voyager as we sailed from Barcelona on May 14.

It was the first time any of us were aboard a Regent Seven Seas ship since the line went all-inclusive on January 1, 2007. Sailing on the Seven Seas Voyager has always been truly special: suites with a minimum 365 square feet of space with a luxurious décor, marble bathtub, his and her sinks, walk-in closet with safe, 24-hour room service, a welcome bottle of champagne, Anichini robes, linens and feather-down duvets AND your own private balcony; open dining in all four restaurants; a crew of 450 to pamper a maximum of 700 passengers; and, some of the best and friendliest service you can find afloat! Add to all that complimentary wines, liquors soft drinks and mineral water to enjoy in your suite or in one of the several welcoming bars. Oh, and the crew doesn’t expect a tip at any time for anything, because tips are also included! It was a perfect venue for some wonderful performances.

Regent made this one of their special “Spotlight on Music” sailings, with music provided by members of our very own Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Performances by violinist Terry Moore, violist Gretchen Frazier, cellist Sarah Schenkman, flutist Lorraine Jones and clarinetist John Warren were featured. They were joined by pianist Konsantin Soukhovetski, the winner of the 2002 Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Konstantin sparkled with several piano pieces and Lorraine was spellbinding with her rendition of Debussy’s haunting Syrinx. Several times, the players joined together in a variety of duos, trios, quartets and quintets. Their repertoire ranged from Beethoven and Mozart to Piazzolla Tangos, Kurt Weill’s Three Penny Opera and Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz.

On Tuesday evening, the performers, along with Mary Woodmansee Green, the maestra of our symphony orchestra, and her husband Howard, joined us for dinner in the La Verandah dining room. We enjoyed getting to know each other and hear “musical” stories such as Sarah’s experience with her seatmate “Cello Schenkman” on their trans-Atlantic flight.

The Voyager stopped at Monte Carlo (Mozart, anyone?), Sorrento (how about a duet by Satie?), Livorni (would you please play something by Lizst?), Corsica (isn’t it time for something modern by Copland?) and finally, in Rome (wouldn’t Rachmaninov preferred to have been Italian?).

I was so proud of the music provided by Hilton Head Island for the enjoyment of all those on board the Seven Seas Voyager that week. Hilton Head Island is not just a beautiful beach, but also has a treasure of wonderful musical talent. I truly meant what I said on several postcards I sent to friends on the island: “Having a wonderful time. Wish you could be here!”

Kate Keep, an associate of Valerie Wilson Travel, has been providing travel consulting on the island for over 20 years.

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