Today’s destination for Laetitia and her group was the Dante Music Festival. Not as well known as Tanglewood, Ravinia or Aspen, the festival attracts dozens of professional musicians and music students to the mountains of western Virginia each summer. The program features master classes, workshops, and a plethora of classical music offerings performed by the festival’s faculty and students. Apropos to Dante Alighieri’s association with The Inferno, Liszt’sMephisto Waltz and music from Gounod’s Faust are de rigueur in each summer’s program.
Dante was the headquarters of the Clinchfield Coal Corporation until the last coal mine in the area closed in 1959. The thousands of tourists who flock to the area every summer for the festival give the community a significant economic boost. Laetitia and her group spent the day attending festival musical events. The buzz around the bar that evening when Laetitia had a drink before meeting her group for dinner was about a festival groupie named Jen. She seemed to have a penchant for musicians and sometimes even musical groups and shocked the town when she was caught in flagrante delicto with one of the latter. Her story provided Laetitia with the limerick of the day.
In her black Cadillac Escalante
Jen once had a cellist andante
But when she had a trio
Allegro con brio
It shocked music circles in Dante.