September 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM(I don't really even have guilt-free time to post this entry.)
As soon as I'd expressed my grumblings about lack of collaborating musicians, the dam broke, and in the space of a week, I felt the pummeling of so many venues, I wondered if I'd over-committed: Brahms horn trio. Bruch, 8 pieces for clarinet and viola. Mozart K 304 with Garrett. Rehearsals commenced every day, sending me off with a care package of late night munchies, to be mulled and processed with the enthusiasm of a dog with his evening bone. I was in heaven.
Then, on Tuesday, the Anchorage Symphony called and asked if I'd join them for their upcoming concert on the 22nd. The repertoire, Latin American themed, struck me as mostly unfamiliar. But included was an original arrangement of the West Side Story suite, for orchestra and string quartet, composed by our meistro Randy Fleischer. Ah, the intimately familiar and much endeared West Side Story...
(No one but my dog saw me jumping around the house to the message on my machine that spoke of such a wondrous opportunity.)
This leaves me a little over a week to surmount a skyscraper of difficult orchestral material. Only the likes of Superman would leap such tall buildings in a single bound. Only the likes of me feels like Superman today.
Actually, I only really care for two musicals. If you thought about it, you could probably guess the other one...
I actually bought the music from Candide: I had no idea what it was about but one of the pieces is played on our classica musical station a lot.
So many ... I really like "The King and I", "South Pacific", and "Showboat".
Actually, I was mulling this over while making my tea, and wondered if it was "Fiddler on the Roof", which could be a "flagship" musical for violinists.
ps- home-baked goodies could greatly enhance your networking success.
pps- We actually did hear about your happy dance when you got the gig. Ben has a secret account here... promised to upload clip when he found someone with independently moving digits to help him out. :-)
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