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Karen Allendoerfer


September 8, 2007 at 12:02 PM

Yesterday I did a scheduing marathon. If you have kids in school, at the beginning of the school year, you get inundated with calendars. In my case, the calendar for karate, for brownies, for the Nursery School Naturalist, for the school district itself, for soccer, for the school music program, and, I added, for the PSA Orchestra. Then I added my work plans, business trips, meetings, etc.

AAAAAAAH! The PSA fall concert is the same weekend I am going to be in San Diego for the Society for Neuroscience meeting, a work meeting that I have really been looking forward to, and that I couldn't cancel at this point if I wanted to. Shhhh-ugar!

Why did this not register in my brain at the rehearsal? Well, because I didn't look at the calendar until I got home and did the marathon scheduling session. It's not that tragic--I mean, there is a winter concert a month later, and I suppose the orchestra can get along without my viola skills for this one concert ;-) But still, I'm incredibly disappointed. I'd still like to go to the rehearsals, because I wanted to play the Kalinnikow. I'd never heard the piece before, but it is quite lovely. It reminds a bit of a Russian Beethoven: soaring melodies in the massed strings coupled with gut music in the brass and percussion. In community orchestras, the conductor has to be understanding, right?

From Laurie Niles
Posted on September 8, 2007 at 3:32 PM
I know what you mean! We've got soccer, football, piano, guitar, random field trips, a mile-long list of school supplies to procure...

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