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Natasha Marsalli

Successful Performance of the Kabalevsky, Successful Orchestra Concert, and Successful lesson!

May 22, 2006 at 8:48 PM

Holy toledo, what a week!
I don't even know where to begin...everything's been absolutely crazy...

Haha...

Well. Saturday was the big concert with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. I was feeling pretty nervous before hand, but you know, once you start playing, it just gets better instantly. I was pretty happy with what I did, although, after listening to the recording, I can hear all sorts of room for improvement. But my teacher tells me that I get more self-critical with each concert because my ear is developing. So after I played, the stage people let me run up to the box seats so I could listen to and watch Sam play. He sounded just splendid, as always. Afterwards, we drove back to the clubhouse, where our parents threw a smashing reception.

On Sunday, the two of us had another concert at the Phil with the youth orchestra. Again, Sam and I had solos, albeit minor ones compared to what we played Saturday, and the sounded pretty darn good. It was Ms. Otranto's last concert with us, so it was a rather sad night (at least for me). She's really worked so hard with the Youth Orchestra and fought so hard for all sorts of things for us, like the concerto competition and chair challenges...frankly, if it hadn't been for her, I probably wouldn't have become concertmistress or ever played as a soloist. So, at the end of the concert, with Chelsea sobbing across from me, and Ms. Otranto starting to cry, I was getting pretty sniffley myself.

Today, I had my "post-mortem" lesson with Mr. Neal, and he gave me my new repetoire for the summer. Basically, over the summer I'll work on Viotti's Concerto No. 22 (which is ridiculously difficult and sounds like a breeze...I hate when that happens) and some Bach partitas. Then, during the school year, I'll probably keep working on the Viotti and Bach, add Lalo's Symphonie Espagnol (for the concerto competition), and begin *drum roll* some Paganini Caprices. I certainly will be busy next year!


I think that about sums everything up. I'm going to (try to)post one picture (my favorite) from the concert on Saturday.
Take care all!

~natasha


From Jasmine Lewis
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 12:39 AM
congrats on the performance! You will enjoy playing Paganini! hehe!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 3:39 AM
You look great, and I bet you sounded great, too.
From Karin Lin
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 4:47 AM
Congratulations! Looks like a prom picture. ;)
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 7:34 AM
Finally, a picture, hehe! You both look great and it sounds as though everything went wonderfully!
From Colleen Russo
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 12:32 PM
Is it just me or do you look REALLY REALLY tall!?
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 2:39 PM
She IS tall!
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 2:39 PM
No seriously, at camp, she was AT LEAST a head taller than all of us!
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 6:28 PM
You know what? I think it looks like a wedding ;-)
From Colleen Russo
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 7:47 PM
yeah it does.. natasha-- how tall are you!?
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 9:47 PM
It does. It does! Here comes the bride...

Natasha is very tall. Bram is also tall. Colleen is very tall.

LOL !!! How many times did I ever type "is very tall" on a blog?

From Natasha Marsalli
Posted on May 23, 2006 at 10:24 PM
*sigh* Okay, that makes *ten* people who said we looked like we just got married...

I am tall. In that picture I took off my shoes. Otherwise I would've been taller than Sam and I didn't want that. But, lol, yeah, I'm 5'8.5" or 5.'9" or some such thing. I don't remember those things...

From Colleen Russo
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 1:15 AM
Well thats only like .5 inch more than me.. but you look WAY taller than me!!! And your legs look REALLY LONG! but he looks really tall too.. maybe its the way the pic is taken?? idk, but its making me go crazy!! haha
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 5:19 AM
Congrats on the performance! My first impression was wedding too...but seriously, the dress is gorgeaus! You do look very tall in that picture...how come I'm nearly 5'10 and I never seem to look so tall in my pictures???
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 12:56 PM
Haha, you know you like it (*the bride comment*)! And, if you want my honest opinion, I think you two will get married someday!
From Jasmine Lewis
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 2:21 PM
you two would make a cute couple...

haha! I bet this is really annoying!

From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 6:58 PM
Nah, she probably enjoys the thought of it... :K
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on May 24, 2006 at 6:59 PM
And are those French Horns coiled together at the top?

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