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Laurie Niles

Live from Hollywood on Oscar night

March 6, 2006 at 7:31 AM

So close, and yet, so far.

Yes, this evening during the Academy Awards, I was right there in Hollywood!

...Six blocks away from the action, playing a rehearsal in the cold and acoustically challenged rehearsal room at the Musicians' Union. Our personnel director couldn't make it; he actually was playing at the Oscars.

“I actually just came from the Oscars,” joked a colleague. “I won Best Stand Partner.”

I replied that I, too, had just returned from the ceremony, as I was a presenter this year, having won Best Stand Partner several years back. See, this is how I looked. I, of course, had to present first, because it was very important to me to make it to my New West Symphony rehearsal.

I mean, Hollywood glamour is okay, but I love this group and we were playing really cool music. We rehearsed the Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis. Hindemith. See. Now you really are jealous!

From Sydney Menees
Posted on March 6, 2006 at 12:59 PM
Have fun! Maybe you'll see some stars at an after party ; )
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on March 6, 2006 at 4:32 PM
Hindemith, quite rare. I am a bit jealous. I know Le roi David from him. Why has Joshua Bell not got an Oscar for best music in the Red violin? That would be a good reason for him to see him in the Oprah Winfreyshow, Sydney.
From Kelsey Z.
Posted on March 6, 2006 at 5:40 PM
I love Hindemith! And I love "your" dress!!

I miss playing in an orchestra *sob.*

From Stefan Avalos
Posted on March 6, 2006 at 9:09 PM
Anyone here slightly embarassed with Perlman's Oscar medley?
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on March 7, 2006 at 11:49 AM
What happened Stefan?

'You' looked lovely and not evil at all, Laurie!

From Stefan Avalos
Posted on March 7, 2006 at 6:58 PM
In terms of his playing, nothing happened.
It's just the whole inane medley thing -- complete with kickin' drum beat. Maybe I'm too much of a purist, but I find it a bit disconcerting to see Perlman doing these things. It was obviously not as bad as Metallica and the San Francisco symphony, but still cringe inducing.

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