So I am now the proud owner of Lara St. John's new solo Bach set with the complete partitas and sonatas (finally!!!!!!!!) and now I can't decide which one to listen to first.....AH!!
It's hard to believe that in only a week (from this Friday!) we have our 2nd major orchestra concert. Shostakovich, Glinka and Tchaikovsky. My fingers get tired just typing their names, nevermind playing first violin for them all. AH! stress!! But good stress! It's kind of funny, if you look at my wall behind my computer, there are schedules and course policy's spread out and taped to the wall everywhere. I am still amazed that I am able to keep my day-to-day life sorted out, packing lunches, getting to classes on time, keeping up with homework and studying (mostly!). I actually did a first this past week, I pulled up a couple of chairs near my locker and went to sleep for a little while. When you've been at school for nearly 10 hours and still have a 3 hour orchestra rehearal to go, sleep is an exciting prospect.
How differently do we all view art? I saw this building and had to take a picture of it. The sun, the blues and the reds just made a beautiful contrast. I showed this picture to my dad and he said "it looks like something has splattered against the side of the building".
I have to send a big thank you out to Jennifer Leong from v.com for graciously providing me with a ride back to Vancouver on the Thanksgiving weekend! It was a fun trip and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! So Jen, thanks!!! :D
UBC is seriously one of the most beautiful campuses around. Everyday, as much as I hate getting up early and being at school late every day, when I get on the bus and see the ocean on the ride out to school (assuming it's a clearish day) and then walk around campus (even in the rain) amongst all the big trees, especially with the gorgeous and intense fall colors.
Another point I love about UBC. Getting to rehearse in the Chan Centre twice a week. There's nothing like sitting on that stage rehearsing and hearing everything bounce back at you!
Oh! I guess I should report on the first major concert of the season! Our first performance was sold out! We performed to a packed house and orchestra played great (mostly!)! I am so sad that firebird is over although Shostakovich 5 is pretty fun and exciting!
Who says it rains in Vancouver all the time? Oh wait....it does. I actually haven't minded it too much (yet and with the exception of not having rain boots yet and sneakers being horribly uncomfortable when you step into a pool of water unsuspectingly and then have wet feet for the rest of the day). I actually had a major "WOW" moment the other day when I was walking up at the UBC campus. I had gone home for awhile and then went back for orchestra (or was it choir? or some other class?) later in the day and the sun was peeking out from the clouds. It was lightly raining and misty and the sun shining through the raindrops made me smile and wish that I could capture something so beautiful on camera. To add to the beauty of the setting, I was under some thick trees looking out towards one of my favorite buildings on campus that right now is covered in this incredible bright red ivy. The intense greens contrasting with the white of the building and red of the ivy and the way the lighting and water drizzling from the skies all intermingled was truly a "life is good" moment.
Tonight is the dreaded debut with the symphony here at UBC and this afternoon is my first studio class. The orchestra concert actually doesn't scare me even though the repertoire is challenging. The studio class does though. I've only had a short short time to learn and memorise my piece for it and it's not where I want it to be at all. I can play it, ok with the music but i've been so panicked about trying to memorise it on time that all the little technical things have been pushed to the side since I'm not allowed to perform from the music. It sounds like everyone else in my studio class is feeling the same though so hopefully it will be a supportive crowd this afternoon.
Mostly, I love UBC. I have some frustrations for sure but it's mostly a positive experience so far. Great repertoire in my ensembles, an amazing theory professor, a great composition seminar class on 20th and 21st century chamber music (we've looked at Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg, Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time and had a guest lecture by an electro-acoustic composer from the Netherlands) and I've made a lot of really great friends and eaten way too much sushi. :)
Anyways....it's 8am and I have a midterm in an hour. So wish me luck!!! Oh, and if you live in Vancouver - come to the concert at the Chan Centre tonight at 8pm, tickets at the door and it's free!!
And PS - I got to see Sarah Chang play Mendelssohn last weekend!
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