Exciting Musical Updates!

May 10, 2018, 3:51 PM · I just wanted to post an update for some fun musical events that have happened this week!

On Monday, I conducted the Augustana Symphony Orchestra in both Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Brahms' Academic Festival Overture. It was a wonderful experience, and I remember fondly the smile that crept onto my face at the end of the Brahms, the joy of the sound reaching me conducting. I am very excited to take that to performing on my violin and piano, like rehearsal tonight in a couple hours at the time of this writing. Also on Monday, I performed an original composition called "Indian Rhapsody" dedicated to my grandma, a three-movement piece that made use of the drone, improvisation with graphic scores, and non vibrato explorations - this was for solo violin. On Tuesday night, I performed Ravel's "Blues" from his Violin Sonata No. 2, and the excitement I got from the Brahms crept up here in my playing: The first time playing my favorite composer on my favorite instrument! It was a lot of fun, and I loved hearing my first pizzicato ringing through the hall, which urged me on into the rest of the movement. Also very exciting, my original composition "Music for the Galactic Palace", which I wrote in the fall, has been chosen to be performed at our winter concert next year, and I just completed the score for my half-hour chamber orchestra piece entitled "Muse of Fire", after William Shakespeare's "Henry V", a work I've mentioned before on this blog and something I have been working on since Christmas. I plan on conducting this work for my senior recital this upcoming fall. (I like to call it my 2017/2018 "Birds of Prey", my first large experimental work I wrote during the summer of 2014.)

Just thought I'd share all of these exciting updates - all stuff from just the first couple days of this week! It has been a big week as I start to get ready for summer. I will be doing a lot of musical activities over the summer: possibly teaching private lessons, though mainly practicing, looking for some new music I wish to learn on my violin (trying to decide whether to go the contemporary route or look back at older music, as I only have one more year with my teacher), a little composing on the side (finishing up my choir piece, with its ensemble of wooden instruments - violin, clarinet, marimba), and, of course, enjoying the BBC Proms season once that starts up in July. It is going to be a very thrilling ride for my senior year. I can't believe it has already come and I can't wait to see where my future goes from there as I start taking my first true steps into the world of media music for films and video games!

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