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Mendy Smith

Chamber Music Premeir

November 18, 2010 at 3:56 AM

 This coming Sunday I'll be performing the Mozart's Oboe Quartet. 

Though this is not my first public performance, it is one that is significant for me.  This time around it will be for a much larger audience than I've ever played in front of before as a pre-concert recital for the Houston Civic Symphony's concert this Sunday.  Adding to the "adventure" is the limited number of rehearsal we will have - 3 in total.

The piece is not a huge technical challenge, however putting it all together in 2-4 hours with people that have never played together as a chamber group before is where the challenge resides.  In that limited time we have to figure out tempos, bowing styles, articulation, dynamics, and not to mention learning how to read each other's queues.  

Luckily, it is Mozart - standard chamber music repertoire in the grander scheme of things.  It is on a familiar musical ground where as a player, I'm not discombobulated with where the music is going.  In that I, find my comfort. I know what to expect.  

So while I'm nervous, I'm also strangely excited.  

From Christina C.
Posted on November 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Exciting stuff! Have a great concert..... but be sure to stave off the adrenaline crash until after the symphony concert!

From Benjamin Eby
Posted on November 21, 2010 at 2:09 AM

 I've never heard four oboes at the same time.  That's a whole lotta honkin!!!

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