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Mendy Smith

A Labor of Love

May 22, 2012 at 3:12 AM

It appears that it is recital season once again - everyone facing down their performance fears, trying to perfect what they worked on for months, fearing what *could* go wrong.

Sunday, the group I play with (a string trio) did the same. The morning of our recital, our violinist went into labor.

Our 'emergency back-up sub' practiced with us for 30 minutes just 2 days prior when our regular violinist started thinking that *maybe* she would not make it to Sunday, and then once more 15 minutes before the recital started. Pressure? Yup! But being the pro that she is, jumped into the hot-seat and did the most amazing sight-reading I've ever heard.

Our violinist gave birth to a baby girl, 5.5 lbs, 3 hours after the recital ended.

I won't mention that our 'emergency back-up sub' was also pregnant.

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