Tonight was going to be the second concert performed by the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Although we were staying in Itea, we would be driving a short distance to Amfissa to watch the band and orchestra play in the Amfissa Theater. The mayor of Delphi would be joining us tonight!
Amfissa is very close to the city Delphi. Within a short 20 minute ride you will have arrived. Because Delphi holds sacred land of archeological treasures, the land is protected. With Amfissa being within proximity, their lands are also protected which is why you don’t get that bustling city feel in these areas. In fact, large structures are not allowed in order to preserve the land which is home to thousands of olive trees. When in Greece consume as many olives as possible! They just are not the same back home in a can from your local grocer. Traditions in Amfissa are still alive and have become part of modern life. It is so amazing to see traditions stay alive amongst technology taking over so many parts of the world.
The Nafsika Palace Hotel was engrossed with marble just about everywhere. I fell in love with the marble staircase, antique gold mirrors, and formal dining room. It was as if the neighboring buildings looked like tropical Cuba with pink stucco and white trim, but then the inside was transformed into that palace look and feel. I have a deep love (and Pinterest Boards for colonial and antique furniture), so I loved just about every room’s design.
The Minnetonka Symphony and Wind Ensemble is led by the staff leaders: Sarah Finn-Sommerfeld and Miles Mortenson.
The Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble sounded amazing. As they are the best of the best in our school district, the sound resonated with more power throughout this theater vs the smaller concert venue in Nafplio.