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Traveling and the Glamour of Touring

A Minute with Miles
Mary Noble Ours
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SC Public Radio

Do you find traveling glamorous? Sitting around in airports, waiting in lines, carrying luggage, eating in unfamiliar places, sleeping in unfamiliar beds? Well imagine doing that for about ten months a year, and imagine doing it alone, while having to prove, over and over again every single week, that you’re one of the best in the world at what you do. And when you’ve imagined all that, and added in lots more hours spent alone practicing, you’ve imagined the glamorous life of a touring soloist. In fact, talk with today’s artists and then read the letters of famous musicians from long ago and you’ll notice a common thread… fatigue. The saving grace? The music. Big paychecks are nice, of course, but thank goodness for the music.  Because when a performer is on stage, fatigue is forgotten, and there’s no more “place”—no Hong Kong or Helsinki or Houston. Each time, the whole world simply becomes—the music.

A Minute with Miles is a production of South Carolina Public Radio, made possible by the J.M. Smith Corporation.

Miles Hoffman is the founder and violist of the American Chamber Players, with whom he regularly tours the United States, and the Virginia I. Norman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Chamber Music at the Schwob School of Music, in Columbus, Georgia. He has appeared as viola soloist with orchestras across the country, and his solo performances on YouTube have received well over 700,000 views.