Last weekend was a symphony tour. Lots of concerts, lots of music, lots of playing and lots of driving. It was a fun "light" program. All jazz with the amazing jazz singer Dee Daniels taking centre stage for the whole program. She can hit some crazy, high notes and the control she has is amazing! The program was full of a popular jazz standards like Mack the Knife, I Hear Music, and Fever as well as some pieces I had never heard before! A particularly fun one to do was A Tisket A Tasket. The whole orchestra got to participate in it more then just playing it. "Is it red?" "No, no, no, no..."
The tour was quite tiring. I didn't get home and in bed until after 2am on Monday morning. I really want to know why road construction has to be done at 1 in the morning. Oh well. The northern lights were breath taking so I got to enjoy those some more. You could see tinges of yellow, orange, green and blue in them. I don't think I've ever seen such an amazing sky show like that before! I've seen northern lights, but never for that long, or that active. I do have recollection of seeing them one summer night once though where the colors were quite intense blues, purples, pinks and greens. It was sure a sight to see !
I'm working on a speech for school right now on Inuit life. It's got me thinking I should re-read a book I got a few years ago on the Arctic expedition of the Karluk. I did some more research on the new on Inuit life and actually came across a really neat site about the doomed voyage of the Karluk. It even has some really neat pictures and short video clips from the 1913-14 voyage. It's such an amazing story! I can't beleive what they went through and yet people still came out alive from it! I'm quite enjoying researching and preparing this speech. I think it's going to be a challenge, but I'm enjoying it so far. I want to finish getting all the information I need/want for it today then I'll write the speech when I get home on Monday.
On the 21st of this month I'm going to be playing a caprice by Gary Kulesha for solo violin in a Canadian Music recital/concert. The piece is quite charming, I really love it! It's going to be a bit of quick study to learn it by next Sunday but I think it will be worth it and I'm excited to see what the audience will think and how they will react. Contemporary music isn't really that popular here and the previous recitals of this manner are often beginner students playing the most popular, more study type works by Canadian composers. The last couple years I've learned and played a composition by a local composer a full suite for violin and piano and last year I played a section of one of my own compositions which was received quite well, so I'm excited about going even more out of the boundaries to try something new out!
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