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Mendy Smith

Hillsoboro Orchestra Concert

May 25, 2006 at 3:31 AM

We had our concert last Saturday night and it went quite well. My dad was in the back taking pictures a few times after the end of Eine Kliene and the final piece - the Merry Widow. I knew it was him - and thought to myself at first "I am WAY to old for my dad to be taking pictures of me in a concert". But then I thought that this was the first time in 25 years he heard me play and he will probably never see me play again since he is moving out of the area. So, click away dad!

At the end of the Merry Widow, where it ends in 3 chords for the strings, and single notes for the brass - well, to say the orchestra was horrified was an understatement. The brass jumped the gun and just blew through the ending without waiting for the conductor's que. You've heard before to "keep on playing and DO NOT STOP even if a frieght train runs through the concert hall!" Well, it is sooooo true. One of my collegues, my father, and everyone I spoke with NEVER EVEN NOTICED our fatal flaw in the end! I guess we all learned that lesson well.

We are on break until the end of summer to prepare for the next concert in November. I'm really looking forward to it! Even though I had some difficult times with what we were playing, my ability got better and re-learned how to play with others.

Here is a pic of the concert.


I'm on the far right looking at the camera viola on my knee.

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