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Mendy Smith

Stand Partner at HSO

February 6, 2007 at 7:49 AM

My stand partner in the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, Jose Smolensky, was recently highlighted in a small local newspaper last Friday. The local newspaper reporter came to one of our rehearsals before our last concert and really mixed up the pictures with the stories. Jose, in the original story has a picture of our principal violist with Jose's name in the caption with a story about "Here is Jose with HIS VIOLIN". She was livid to say the least. We now refer to Jose and our principal is the "evil twins". The newspaper made ammends this last week by featuring a front page article in addition to about a 2/3rds page with her story in art, music and her life.

When I first met her she came up to me and looked UP to me (yes, she is shorter than I am, something which I never thought possible being 5'2" myself) and introduced herself "Hi! I am a woman named Jose!" Jose graduated from Jilliard many many years ago. She has told me a bit about her professional musical life in the NW with various symphonies and orchestras over the decades. I did a little searching on the web and found a her alumni bio from Julliard and her own website (she also does wood scultures). The fact that she is 3rd chair says alot for our little community orchestra. Just think of the talent in our 1st and 2nd chairs! It makes me a bit proud to have made it to 4th chair after such a long sabbatical in my viola playing.

She is a wonderful, spunky little woman with alot of talent and good advice not only on music but on life as well. I hope you enjoy these.

http://www.juilliard.edu/alumni/spotlight_jose.html

http://www.josestrings.com/
From Elizabeth Smith
Posted on February 6, 2007 at 3:11 PM
You stand partner seesm like an amazing individual. Her sculptures are beautiful. Thanks for telling us about her.

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