April 27, 2008 at 12:29 PMLast night, I played the last concert of the season of a new little orchestra located in rural Georgia. The orchestra performs in a restored turn of the century opera house. The drive from Macon takes about an hour and takes you past a giant peach shaped water tower and lots of pecan groves. The pay is not spectacular, but there is a symphony supporter who cooks us a big meal before the concert and overnight housing is provided for musicians who need it. Sure, there are musical things to improve. The meat of the program was the Eroica; we needed a few more string players, and it was pretty hot on stage, so I felt woozy by the time we finished. What was most refreshing was to perform for a diverse multi-generational audience that was truly appreciative of the opportunity to hear symphonic music in their community.
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