Saturday night my teacher and I went to hear Vadim Repin! I've never really heard of him but he's very famous. He played the Shostakovich concerto, which I really liked. He looked a lot different from his publicity picture, kind of tall and grim-faced. He got a huge standing ovation but didn't really smile even! Or maybe it was the angle or the lighting.
He used a real variety of vibrato and got a whole lot of different sounds (something I'm working on, so I noticed!) The performance really draws you in, it ws amazing. My teacher said that he has come to hear soloists before, and been kind of disappointed. Not because they didn't play well or anything, but they didn't really get to you. Anyway, it was really fun to hear him.
Today I went to the doctors office, and I got three shots that I wasn't expecting. When the doctor told me I got so upset I started to cry, actually, because I'm really scared of shots for some reason. I got DPT, which didn't hurt too much, but was just hard to see the needle going under my skin. Then I got shot for some long name of a disease I don't remember, which hurt a lot. It was like huge pain surging through my arm. Then I went to another room where a woman said what sounded like "I'm going to get your fingerprint". It sounded like I was a criminal, were they going to get a mug shot too? But when I sat down she clamped some sharp thing down on my finger and it really felt like it was being stapled. She said "get your finger pricked" or something like that. I jerked my hand away so fast I nearly fell over. I had to get all those shots for Encore...for some reason the state of Ohio is really intent on that. It was a nightmare, but those are my last shots! YAY!
Anyway, I had a lessons yesterday and today, and I've started to play the Wieniawski...#2, I think, the third mvt. I'm not sure which number it is. My teacher was a little concerned about reaching the double stops on the new violin, but I can reach them OK. He told me yesterday that the piece sounded like an azalea (might have been a different flower) about to bloom, which made me very happy.
We have relatives visiting from Canada, so we're anticipating a lot of tiresome get-togethers with 4 year olds which are very draining. Well, they'll be gone soon. *cackle*
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