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Mendy Smith

First Ever Violin Performance

May 11, 2010 at 1:36 AM

This past weekend, a few of us musicians got together at our church retreat and rehearsed the Dvorak American, with me on violin.  We rehearsed for two hours Saturday afternoon, and decided that the American sounded good enough for that evening's Variety show.  We chose to perform the last movement and rehearsed it for another hour later in the day. 

We were first up for the show.  We apologized in advance for any train-wrecks, and proceeded with the Finale.  At one point the cellist got lost and asked to be told when we got to rehearsal mark 10.  I got lost once, but found my way back in.  We made it to the end, all at the same time and took a collective breath.  To our utter surprise, we received a standing ovation!  We were asked to play it again at church at a later date.

Not bad for three hours of rehearsal together, and for me only playing violin for something like 30 hours in my lifetime.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on May 14, 2010 at 4:41 PM

 Oh, what fun! Can't remember if I commented when you last blogged about The American, but it's a piece that's so near and dear to my heart. (When I wrote my "violinist" novel several years back, it was The American she and 3 others were performing, and I studied the piece a lot. And loved it a lot.)

Congrats on the successful violin performance!

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