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!
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!
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