I've been so busy that I haven't had any time to blog! Whew! My final concert for the summer with the Missouri Symphony was last Saturday--and it was so much fun! I was privileged and blessed to play piccolo on Debussy's La Mer and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov (my new favorite--I'm still singing it to myself). My goal for the summer was to "break-in" my new piccolo and to feel comfortable playing it in an orchestral setting. It's always scary at first when you are finding your bearings on a new instrument, but by the end of the festival I felt more confident and comfortable--with the encouragement of my section mates Tim and Chris. As I mentioned before, it was very bittersweet to say good-bye to friends old and new, but there are many more exciting things to come....
Such as a RECITAL IN FRANCE!! Yes, my friends, I will be traveling to Mons, France in two days to assist my dear friends make their matrimonial debut--but also to share in a wonderful recital with all of their amazing musical friends! I will be performing Morceau de Concours by Faure, and Maya by Ian Clarke. I'm itching to meet several of M & Em's friends from all over the United States and Europe (spanning multiple degrees, cities, careers, cats...) to come together in celebration with some soul-touching music---in a gorgeous stone church atop a beautiful mountain nestled in the South of France. Ugh...I'm even jealous of myself! Don't you wish you were coming with me? Well for now, you will find contentment as you gaze at our lovely recital poster, and I will do my best to post recordings when I return!
One last thing I must share is this video of Sunday Morning by Ian Clarke. I found a partial recording on Clarke's website--and I can't believe I haven't heard it before now! It's peaceful and inspiring, and the flutist is amazing! I know I will be ordering it soon to start learning it. :) Have a lovely weekend, and I will write to you again when I return from my travels! Bonjour!
This week marks the final concert of the 2014 Hot Summer Nights Festival! This Saturday evening I will be performing with the Missouri Symphony in the Masterworks: Orchestral Fireworks concert. The evening will begin with a world premiere by composer Judith Lang Zaimont titled PURE, COOL (Water) The River, followed by a Mendelssohn Violin Concerto performed by St. Louis Symphony's own Erin Schreiber. After intermission, I will join the orchestra on piccolo as we play Debussy's La Mer, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espanol. Needless to say, these two masterpieces have been on my playlist this week and you can click on the YouTube videos below to join in the fun! Music is always more enjoyable and interactive live, so I hope the videos will spark your interest to click on over to the Missouri Symphony website and claim your tickets right away!
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