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Loretta O'Sullivan and Andrew Appel

Sometimes I have a passenger and this usually a plus. Riding with Loretta O’Sullivan, our cellist in Opera Lafayette and in Four Nations (my own chamber ensemble), is a trip of quiet, poised kindness and intelligence. Claire Jolivet, concertmaster, brings a French dry wit, and Jessica Troy, our violist, is the child of 1960’s revolutionaries, a subversive take back Wall Street character who gives me hope for the future. I do remember driving from Columbus, Ohio back to New York City with a singer who used the full 13 hours to tell me about her abusive childhood home life. By State College PA I was wondering if I should just open the door of my van and quietly fall out onto the highway…which seemed considerably less painful than continuing the trip. By the way, I travel in a van as I usually pack a harpsichord. #

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