"The music that appeals to us most is the most moving," says Snow. "To me, Schubert is the most soulful of composers. Mozart is energetic, and Brahms is so lush. They represent the things we've experienced on the river."
As a precaution against the ravages of nature, the musicians have brought along their second-line instruments—though these are valued at many thousands of dollars apiece—which are stored in a waterproof box lashed to the bow of Dvo?�k's raft. At one time or another, each of the musicians has been dunked by the rapids and left to bob among rocks in nothing more protective than a life vest. But calluses or bruises seem a fair exchange for an experience that, most agree, has altered their outlook on life.
"This has made me much more confident," says Snow. "I feel so capable. This makes me believe I can do anything."