Another present I got was a MINI IPOD! It's PINK and I love it! When my mom ordered it, she asked them to engrave "alicelizard's" above the word IPOD on the back! My sister loaded a lot of music on it for me in advance. It will be really helpful if I can get a lot of concertos and stuff on it so next time I won't have to spend forever looking for the CD!
About a month ago we bought new shoes for Calla for her birthday on April 14, and we also bought some for me that would be a birthday present. But when we opened them this morning, the box had in it two right shoes that were different sizes and different colors! This surprised us a lot! We're going to see if we can take them back this morning and get the matching shoe.
The kitten is purring happily on my lap. She is so cute and she and Mr. Bad, the dog, are getting along splendidly. We still don't have an official name for her, but last night Madeline suggested Maybelline (we got the idea from a drawing Madeline did when she was 4, she wrote her d's backwards and signed it Mabeline.) Also Madeline suggested we could call her Maybe for short! (She got this from a tv show she watches, but I think it's a cute idea.) Calla is reluctant, but we will conquer in the end.
I started working on the Siciliano (sp?) in the g minor sonata and the third movement of the Wieniaski. I'm trying to think of some stuff I can brush up and take with me to Encore. My teacher suggested redoing the Bruch. I really only did the third movement in performances and stuff, but I don't think the first and second will be too hard to get going.
So, we decided to buy the Osterud violin from David Bromberg's shop. I'm really excited! This will be my first really good, full-sized (kind of! it's slightly smaller) violin that I own! Also, because it's not quite as expensive as it could be, I can get a nice bow! For the past few months I've been using a carbon fiber, so this will be a nice upgrade! I'm so happy! :-) Today we're going back to the shop to return the other violin and try some bows.
On April 9, there was the premiere of the documentary I'm in, Rittenhouse Square, at the Prince Theater. There was this huge poster of my head in the lobby, it was really crazy! The show was sold out, and the audience seemed to like it. Of course, it was really hard for me to watch myself on screen, especially when it was myself almost two years ago. I didn't play anything really hard, but I guess it sounded pretty good for how old I was then. I don't like how I look, but I guess nobody would! I don't say anything throughout the entire thing except at one part, where I'm playing the first page of the Mendelssohn, and Robert Downey and Max Raab, the director and producer, are watching. The wind starts to blow the pages around, and Bob tries to help by turning back to the right page, but it's the wrong page, so I start shaking my head furiously, still playing, but then he turns forward too many pages, and I keep nodding and shaking my head until the right page is in front of me again! It's actually pretty funny! When I finish, I say, "That's as much as I know...That was fun!" But it doesn't sound like my voice at all, it sounds like someone else, which is strange. Oh well. Afterwards we went to the reception in some art deco gallery, which was strange but interesting, and there were a few women wearing hats with red wire spirals and feathers, who asked me to autograph the poster! It was a really fun night.
And a few days ago, my quartet (with the twins and my sister) played for the Settlement Gala which is to raise money for this head-start program which goes through Settlement. The stage, well actually a podium, was really small, it barely fit out four chairs. So it wasn't quite what we were used to but we managed and played pretty well. Before we performed we spent at least an hour in the bathroom doing changing and doing hair, then reminisced about Kinhaven, which the Tabbys aren't coming back to this year. Even if they did they'd be with Madeline at the Senior Session.
On the 30th is my birthday! I have orchestra and in the evening I'll probably see my friends do their ballet version of the Wizard of Oz.
Recently the kids in my family have become obsessed with the musical Wicked, which is based on a novel I really want to read. Kristin Chenoweth, who we LOVE and know from other musicals played Glinda, the good witch, in it. The plot's really confusing and I can't exactly figure it out just from listening to the CD, which is all we have to go on for now. But it's something like the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy gets mixed in there somehow...it's really unclear though. Anyway, on Thursdays I don't usually go to school, but I was going to this week. However I decided to forgo it in favor of practicing, so I better do that!
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