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Mendy Smith

The Composer's Response

May 27, 2011 at 4:31 AM

 How often does one get a reply regarding your performance of a piece from the composer directly?   Apparently, we did right with this piece....

 

Dear Mendy,

 
Thank you for your very kind words.  In return I thank you and your colleagues sincerely for playing my music so beautifully.  You really captured and communicated the feeling and spirit of the music wonderfully.

How appropriate that you heard about "Reflection" from a violist at Interlochen, since we premiered it there, where Mr. Bundra taught for many years.
 
I really appreciate your writing to me about your experience with this piece.
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael Kimber
 

On May 26, 2011, at 10:20 PM, mendy smith wrote:

Mr. Kimber,
 
I purchased "Reflection" from you about two years ago after hearing about this piece from a fellow violist at Interlochen's Adult Chamber Music camp.  My stand-partner and best friend fell in love with it and finally was able to recruit another violist to study and perform this piece.  
 
We studied it under the coaching of Suzanne LeFevre (violist) of the River Oak's Chamber Orchestra under their Pro-Am Adult Chamber Music program and performed it in an informal recital.  It got great reviews.  We loved it so much that we performed it again at my church a week later which brought out tears out of several eyes.  
 
Though simple, it was one of the most difficult pieces that my fellow violists (music teachers) and I (rank amateur) worked on for several months.  I want to personally thank you for composing this piece and contributing to the viola repertoire.  I learned much from studying it and am touched by the story behind it.  Our coach also fell in love with this piece.  Below is the link to our warm-up prior to the early service at our church.  We collectively apologize for wrong notes (it was 8am).
 
 
Sincerely,
Mendy Smith


From Christina C.
Posted on May 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I bookmarked his site after your last post about it. Will definitely be looking into his other pieces.


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on May 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

 This is really neat.  And it's a beautiful piece!

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