The Ben E. King concert was an absolute hit!. By the end of the evening it was standing room only as the audience couldn't stay seated! As we played through Ben E.'s set list with his band, I became especially reminiscent when we got to Stand By Me. After learning to sing the thumping bass line as a child, I went around belting it out for days. Looking back, I'm sure it was more than a little annoying to my parents. :) Mr. King and his entourage (a kick butt band and two sizzling back up singers) were spectacular!
This weekend I am also sharing a performance and saying goodbye to the amazing ladies I've had the privilege of coaching in the Hot Summer Nights Music Academy. In one short week my students not only managed to conquer three orchestral pieces for the concert tomorrow (6/27 2:30pm @ Missouri Theatre) and two woodwind trios that they performed today, but they also spent time learning about theory, music history, and how to conduct. The program packs a big, albeit brief punch---and it's such a great experience for these school aged students. The level of professionalism in collaboration and personal responsibility in these young musicians was outstanding to me and way fun to witness.
Three of my lovely ladies are pictured above, and one, as you can see, decided to show her dramatic side for the photo op. Life as an oboist:)
The fun isn't over yet--stay tuned for an upcoming post about the Patriotic Pops concert 7/2/14 7:30 @ Missouri Theatre!
The past several days have been such a whirlwind! The concert with the MSO on Saturday evening was just splendid. The soloists dazzled the audience and played beautifully. Scheherazade was quite the crowd pleaser as well. I received many comments that it was the best performance of the piece they have heard. It's great to have the support of the community and to hear such positive and encouraging comments. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible talent! After every performance I am left inspired to attain the next level of ability and artistry.
After some rest and time with the family (and a few picturesque bike rides around Columbia), I jumped right into Hot Summer Nights Music Academy managed by the Missouri Symphony Society for grade school instrumentalists. What fun! I am so lucky to coach some talented (and witty) wind players with their orchestral pieces and chamber groups. Sometimes I forget how much I love working with larger groups of students--especially when they are excited to play fun music! It's been exhausting, but I'm enjoying every second. Our student chamber ensembles perform on Saturday, June 28 at 11:00am (free), and the Music Academy Orchestra performs with the Missouri Symphony during the "Love Notes" concert on Sunday, June 29 at 2:30pm ($5-10/ticket). Details are on MSO's website.
Lastly--on Friday evening, I will be joining the MSO again for another pops concert featuring Ben E. King, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend! Come and sing along with your favorite songs--Details can be found here.
Have an amazing end to a gorgeous week, everybody!
This weekend I will be joining the Missouri Symphony for the Orchestra Showcase featuring Bruch’s Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. It will be a delightful evening of orchestral masterworks and brilliant instrumental soloists! For more information and ticketing, visit the Missouri Symphony webpage, and to view the program for the evening, click here. We hope you will join us for some inspiring musical moments!
It's the Monday after a performance which means it's time to start learning new music! This week I have three rehearsals with the Missouri Symphony for the Classical 3 concert, so Scheherazade is first on the docket! Though it is a standard in the orchestral repertoire, this is my first encounter.
Composed by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in the late nineteenth century, Scheherazade is a riveting journey through the tale One Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a Arabian Nights) and if you are new to this Russian masterpiece, listen to the link below of the Vienna Philharmonic performance. I will be listening all week!
Joining Scheherazade on my stand are the old regulars--Anderson etudes (op. 33), and my Reichert Daily Exercises (though I usually only have time for one page every day...). Lastly, I'm preparing audition music for an opening in the Wichita Symphony as well as Morceau de concours (Faure) for an upcoming recital in Mons, France. Here is a video of Laurel Ann Maurer performing the Faure--I fondly remember my undergraduate masterclass with her when she helped me dissect the Hindemith Sonata....I can still hear her repeating to me over and over..."More color!" I smiled and nodded, but I'm sure I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about...:)
Happy practicing, everyone!
Well, my first concert of the season with the Missouri Symphony is under my belt! It was an amazing night of reminiscing during numbers from Titanic, Wicked, Gypsy, Wizard of Oz, Funny Girl, and My Fair Lady (to name a few...).
The guest artists were just incredible---and sported new sparkly dresses for each set! I don't even own that many dresses! Must. Go. Shopping. :)
Anyway, it was a lighthearted way to start off the season and exhilarating to share it with a large energized audience (Thanks, Nicole for coming out tonight!!). I'm looking forward many more hours of rehearsing and performing with fellow flutists Tim Hagen and Chris James--Bravo to everyone!
And now, it's time to rest up for another day of practicing--Scheherazade is on my stand starting tomorrow morning! My baby girl will be thrilled.
Come out to hear the Missouri Symphony tonight as we host two outstanding Broadway stars belting out our favorite show tunes! We had a three hour dress rehearsal this afternoon and the chills were already climbing up my spine listening to their dazzling voices as we played. It will be an exciting show!
For ticketing and more information, click here.
Happy Friday, everyone!
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