When I woke up this morning I couldn't even get out of bed, I was so sore. I was going to shadow at a possible candidate for a high school but I felt pretty sick so I stayed home. Also I'm finding it hard to hold up a violin. Hopefully this will wear off soon.
But snowboarding was really fun. I wish I could do it more often! But since I won't be with that school next year, I won't have a real excuse to go. Maybe my family can go sometime.
Oh, I almost forgot about the concert! I played the Bruch with orchestra on Sunday, and it went off without a hitch. I really just relaxed and had fun with it, something I try to do every concert but usually fail in. I wore a blue dress which I like a lot. If I can get someone to help me later I'll try to put up the audio of the performance.
It was really rather exciting to see him do this for the first time, since it's something I do a lot. Yay for him!
I got back home in time just to grab my skates so I could go ice skating with my class for the last time. (My friends aren't too happy about this, I guess it looks like I get to miss school, hop off a plane and join them for ice skating! Oh well.)
My solo with orchestra is in two days. I'm really excited! I feel prepared and confident, a lot better than I did before. And I did my Japanese homework slightly in advance instead of doing it in the two hours before my lesson, so I feel very proud of myself! :-)
Today I went to school in the morning, and left after lunch. Unfortunately I missed the arrival of the flour sack babies. But I was informed of my partner. See, in my school we get a flour sack, our "baby", which we have to take care of for two weeks, which includes carrying it around with us, giving it clothes if we want to, etc. It's really fun, and most people think of it as a joke.
And, "You are NOT allowed to drop your baby our of the third story window!" (Apparently this happened a few years ago.)
So I had a lesson, played through the whole Bruch, went well. Tonight I have to pack for Tallahassee (for a FTT show). We have a 6 AM flight tomorrow. I'm really excited :-)
This weekend me and varying members of my family made two separate car trips to New York. We're very efficient! We saw "The Passion According to Saint Mark" by Osvaldo Golijov. It's hard to describe, but basically it's an oratorio in all different languages including Spanish, Latin and Portugeuse. Also, it included capoeira. It was really interesting! So I am rather tired but glad I saw that.
I had another lesson with Ms. Cho (and another chai latte from Starbucks) the other day. The room we have our lessons in is sweltering so it is always a problem of what to wear.
I really wish it would either snow again, or hurry up and become spring. But right now it's not moving either way!
(For those of you who don't know the musical, that's the one female role that gets a solo song. And it's a very pretty one too.)
Today we worked on the choreography and singing for "Tradition". It was very fun. I love being in musicals so much!
Okay, and also I had a second rehearsal with the orchestra, which went a lot better this time. I had some problems with rushing in the third movement, but overall it came together pretty well.
Today for gym at school we went to an ice-skating rink. It was sooooo much fun. I wish I still did that stuff! But I guess I can go whenever I want.
The other day my quartet "Serafina" was on the radio, for the WRTI fund drive. We played "Tangos and More" by Michael McLean, which we learned recently and love. We were working on Shosti 8, but when we did a collaboration with a dance company, you can imagine that would have been hard (but cool, I think) to choreograph. So we learned these cute, easy fun pieces. We also got to banter, as radio people do during fund drives. And we got to read the number! They made their goal for that hour.
Next week my mom and I are going to Tallahassee. It will be my first time in Florida.
Anyway, this show was special because John Corligiano was the guest artist, and all the music played on the show was written by him. I got to meet him! Pictures later.
Because of all the snow, the house was on the empty side, even though it was sold out before. But there were people there. The show went well, and we had to stay another night in the hotel when we had planned on driving home that night. Violin lesson this morning, went well. In school tomorrow we'll find out our parts for the play. Fingers crossed for Hodel. Wish me luck!
A few days ago I rehearsed the Bruch with the orchestra--and it was disastrous. They are a very well-meaning community orchestra, but the sounds they were producing sounded like nothing I've ever heard before, and nothing I could connect to the concerto, anyway. So I couldn't do my entrances at all, even though the conductor was doing his best and conducting like a maniac out the rhythm. So I called up my teacher in tears, and was telling him about the experience, and he said I wasn't the first of his students to call him up crying after the first rehearsal with that orchestra! Anyway, I scheduled a bunch of rehearsals with a pianist since I had never played the first two mvts. with piano anyway, and she did her best imitation of the "Bad Orchestra" -- playing wrong chords and coming in on the wrong places, and I had to keep up. It was hilarious! And I feel better about it now. Okay I have to run and get ready!
It's settled--for the musical at my school we're doing "Fiddler on the Roof". I wasn't too happy when I heard about this (the decision was made while I was in CA). I know they picked it because there are a lot of female parts, something we need in particular this year, but the real main part is the father (or so I have been told) and none of the boys are particularly talented in this area. Also, I'm not saying that Fiddler on the Roof is a depressing musical, but I was hoping to do something a bit more....comedic. Perhaps I'm just biased because I don't know it, the plot, or the characters very well yet. But I'm still a bit melancholy about the whole deal. We had the auditions for the parts the other day--if you could call them auditions. It's VERY informal, and since who is even in the musical is a lottery, a lot of the kids can hardly carry a tune, except for a few of the girls. It was really fun. I sang "Sixteen Going On Seventeen".
The other elective I'm in this semester is knitting. I'm sure this sounds odd to the other middleschoolers/highschoolers out there, but that just goes to show what my school is like! It's a good skill to learn of course. It's very funny because me and my friends spend the time sitting in a circle and knitting and talking and feeling like old ladies. It's very fun though.
Now, the Bruch performance with the orchestra is on Feb. 26. So I have 18 days left. It's coming along nicely. Though most of the time I feel confident, I have periods where my brain is like, "AHHH! What am I doing? I can't play a whole concerto yet!" But I have done the equivalent before, so I know I'll be fine.
Here are some pictures from the trip.
baby sea lions!
Two views of the beach.
I have been practicing my butt off today.
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