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April 2007

Morning After...

April 30, 2007 05:29

So my hour, senior recital was last night. I can't believe it!! I never thought I'd be able to pull it off, just being an education major and being so involved in so many other things. It's a goal I had set for myself since I was applying for colleges four years ago, that I would earn my performer's certificate, and look!

::sigh:: It feels really great to have it over with and know that it went well, vs. the nervous feeling leading up to it...if only people could capture the "in the zoneness" of the actual concert.

Much of my family came up to see it and a lot of my friends (and my boyfriend's friends) and professors came. Gio's recital went so well too, and we both played on each others'. It was worth all the work!!

Granted I messed up in a few spots, but the overall effect of both of ours was great. The greatest compliments to get are that people felt moved, thought it was very musical...that they could forget they were seeing a student perform and actually enjoy the music.
I may not be anywhere close to a Perlman, or Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg, but I'm so glad people enjoyed themselves there!

Anyways...pictures to come and some sound clips!

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Concert with Leon Fleischer

April 21, 2007 23:15

Program:
Ravel - Pavane por une infante defunte
Poulenc - Double Piano Concerto
Liszt - Les Preludes

Wow. It went so well. The rehearsals were sometimes iffy, and I had been so worried about major presentations I was to do earlier this week and next week, along with my hour recital, I wasn't sure how I would play.

Leon Fleischer was very kind and humble. He liked cracking jokes, and he had some great ways to reach everyone and make us work together like a unit! Our orchestra doesn't compare with some other university orchestras (although we have some great moments) but tonight I think we played fantastically! I'm really proud of us and I'm really happy it went so well. What a great experience. I also felt very good about my own personal playing!

Okay time for bed! But just thought I'd get some ideas down before I forgot to post about it!
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So it's morning now...here's a picture someone took of our dress rehearsal Friday night....

Photo

I'm the one with dark, dark, kind of short brown hair furthest in the front (I sat assistant principle). I was also excited because Mr. Fleischer shook my hand twice in the concert! hah.
I may try to post a recording later.

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THE COUNTDOWN!!

April 8, 2007 13:32

Three more weeks until my recital!!

So anyways, I've been trying to fit everything in between my ethno-like project presentation coming up in two weeks, and the education major.

I submitted the program last Monday, and it is officially:
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Handel - Sonata in F
Bloch - Nigun
Brahms - I. Allegro amabile
Pause
Bolcom - 3rd Vln. Sonata, "Stramba Sonata", IV. Moderato all'arabesca risoluto
Mendelssohn - Vln Concerto - I. Allegro molto apassionato
Piazzolla - Tango Etude #3
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It's been a tough semester motivating myself because I'm so ready to just graduate and leave here! Also with school wrapping up, things just feel like they're all over the place! I'm hoping that the recital will still go well. I've been practicing okay, but not nearly as well as I'd want to...but my lessons just aren't as motivating for me anymore! I had a dream about going back to Madrid and studying with Luda and that kind of got me excited about violin more.
OOOooh man...
Just a few more weeks! :)

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Competition...

April 7, 2007 23:20

So our school had a first annual competition. First three winners got $$ (as much as a few hundred dollars I believe) and a chance to record up to 3 tracks free in the studio the music business department runs.

I went for it...it was only my second competition ever (I did a concerto competition in high school).
The judges hated me in the high school one. I have yet to receive my comment sheets from this past competition...Monday I guess. They also recorded us, so I want to try and get my hands on the recording!

Well, the winners were a pianist, another pianist, and a clarinetist.
I played the Tango Etude #3 (originally for solo flute) by Astor Piazzolla. Not that it was my best playing or anything and that I think I deserved to win first place, but I still feel like I let myself down. Mostly because I was like 98% close to nailing the beginning, and the identical recap was just... sloppy!

Sometimes I feel like if it's a general competition for all instruments...string players will ALWAYS be at the disadvantage, especially when there isn't a string player on the judge's panel.

Man, it's late and I don't know what else to say. Not that I forsee myself as being a competition player so much, but I still feel bummed.
Oh well, at least it was some exposure before my recital!!

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