What does a week in the life of the Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh (CMP) look like (and what book is currently on her nightstand)? Fresh off the heels of performing at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Kristen Linfante shares her plans on and off stage. Linfante, who began her music performance (viola) studies at age 14 at Juilliard, resides with her two sons in Mt. Lebanon, where she also serves as President of the Mt. Lebanon Commission.
Monday, August 18
Fighting a bit of jet lag after returning from performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (This was my 19th year at the festival.) Wade through messages and my “to-do” list at the CMP office in Oakland. On this particular day I will spend much of the day prepping for the season opener in September. Arrive home about 6 p.m., and make dinner for me and my boys. An evening stroll with my boys, Hale and Cameron, in Uptown Mt. Lebanon, where we live. A stop at Betsy’s Ice Cream parlor is a must! The flavors are unique and amazingly delicious. The Baklava is indescribable! Close out the day with a “date” with my beloved—my viola! We’ve been “together” since 1989. It was a very special gift from my teacher upon his death back when I was a student at Juilliard. Practice a bit in my studio at home. Put my boys to bed. Crash!
Tuesday, August 19
“Lunch date” with Quickbooks—lunch provided by Little Asia on South Craig Street in Oakland. Take a walk down the street to Carnegie Music Hall to check out the location of CMP’s new season poster outside of the venue. Back to the office to work on instrument inventory for our Poco a Poco music program at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School. Drive to a 5:30 p.m. guitar lesson for my son at Empire Music in Mt. Lebanon. Next, hop on the T with my boys and go back into town for the Pirates game against the Braves! Go Bucs!
Wednesday, August 20
Morning meeting in Squirrel Hill with the President of the CMP board, Bill Lafe. Lunch at Legume on North Craig Street in Oakland. A short brisk walk around the PITT campus around midday to keep me moving! Back home by 5:30 p.m., quick dinner with my boys and then on to a 7 p.m. meeting of the Mt. Lebanon Democratic Committee at the Municipal Building on Washington Road. Back home, put the boys to bed, and listen to some gorgeous music by Bertali before lights out. If you’ve never heard of Bertali, here’s a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyNXCDGo4L0.
Thursday, August 21
Morning meeting with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Downtown, in preparation for Arts Day of Giving. A stop at PPG Plaza to check out one of the Laurel Foundation’s Plein Air Art Sessions at the Seward Johnson Sculpture, Turn of the Century—A Dance at Bougival. Phone meeting about a special surprise event planned for season ‘15-16. Dinner at Jade Grill on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon. It’s a phenomenal restaurant where they make handmade noodles. Then off to a meeting of SHACOG—South Hills Area Council of Governments. As a member of the board of SHACOG, I represent the local government of the municipality of Mt. Lebanon.
Friday, August 22
Early to the CMP office in Oakland, and a short lunchtime trip to Carnegie Museum of Art to check out their exhibit, Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque.
Saturday, August 23
Morning trip to the Mt. Lebanon Farmers’ Market on Washington Road. Afternoon at home cooking. Some late evening work related to my commissioner job. On Fridays, I receive a packet of documents from the municipality of Mt. Lebanon. I’ll spend time tonight studying the documents in preparation for our next meeting on Monday, August 25th.
Sunday, August 24
Watch the Pirates game on TV with my boys. Final prep in the evening for commission meeting the next day. Read a bit of the book on my nightstand—Arianna Huffington’s On Becoming Fearless. Lights out early after a busy weekend of activities. Zzzzzzzzzzz …