I think I could probably handle the idea of doing full length recitals more often. This one I did yesterday turned out to be a great sucess! I had my issues that came up, whether that was thinking too much or subconciously being aware that "I still have a concerto, and concert pieces to do," I don't know but all in all I think I can be proud of what I accomplished. Beethoven Sonata No.8, Bach G minor Adagio, C Major Largo, Vaugh-Williams Lark Ascending, the Barber concerto, Vitali Ciaccona, Gershwin It Aint Necessarily So, and since an encore was needed, Vieuxtemps Souvenir d'Amerique - that's a pretty decent sized program to pull off. It was a really fun program for me because it let me do so many different things.....chamber music, unaccompanied, soloist, virtuoso...... it was a nice variety and a good balance of styles.
I arrived early, my dress being completed only moments before leaving the house. I had an hour to get comfortable with the setting and atmosphere and how everything was set up. I got into my dress and my teacher here came and did a sound check and made sure that balance and everything was fine and good. The dress made me feel in a really happy mood and to my great delight I didn't really feel nervous or anxious at all. I was expecting to be a bit nervous or anxious at least. I guess I got my panic attacks done and over with on Friday and didn't need to have them again on Sunday or maybe my expecting to be nervous scared the nerves away, I don't know, but it was a lot of fun.
A lot of people came. Many I knew, many I didn't know. I saw at least one of my students and his family along with faculty from the music school I work at and take lessons at. I had friends drive as much as a 3 hour drive (if not more!) on a days notice, just to hear me play! I certaintly have some great friends! It was a lot of fun to get out there and play for friends, family, colleagues and everyone who came. The hall was nicely filled. If too many more people had come it would have been a little too cramped.
Being up on stage, having a whole concert to myself was a really amazing experience. Someone mentioned to me once about the meditative state a musician goes in during performance and if you lose track of time you probably have had a good performance. That certaintly happened. I thought fatigue might hit my towards the end of the program but my energy lasted throughout and the tiredness and mental mush came later, much later to my suprise. It's interesting how two hours of one's life is suspended while you are in the moment but the minute that you play that last note and the clapping begins it's like something happened and it feels like you just got out on stage. I really couldn't have asked for a much better concert, I even got the standing ovation at the end! (No one minds if my ego is slightly inflated for this blog entry do they?)
I want to do another concert. When can I do another concert?
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