This weekend I am performing with the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Washington, IL. The group is a relatively new arrival on the scene - it did not exist when I used to work regularly in central Illinois. What I know about them I know because they have an impressive web presence. I certainly see more of them in my Facebook feed than any of my actual orchestras, and now that I am here in this small town I see their posters and publicity up everywhere. Other regional orchestras should be paying attention to this!
The concert itself is an absolute pleasure for me - I'm working with friends and colleagues that I haven't seen in years, and playing Beethoven, which is always a treat. On the downside I am four hours from home, missing my family. But does every gig not have its upsides and downsides?