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POPpers and Balloons

Karen Allendoerfer

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Published: June 15, 2009 at 10:32 PM [UTC]

Last week was quite a week.  The last soccer game, the 4th grade send-off, a karate belt test, an open house, two 4th grade concerts, my boss' 60th birthday party, and a case of the flu (not me).  And, the POPS concert.

The Arlington Philharmonic's yearly POPS concert is in the Arlington Town Hall, which is a really beautiful old building.  There is a strawberry festival beforehand and some people eat strawberries and ice cream sitting at tables on the main floor.  Both the chorale and the orchestra perform, separately and together.  My husband had a unique vantage point from the balcony.

The Disney solo . . . turned out to be a little anticlimactic, in a good way.  (It's only 4 measures, after all.)  I was worried about two things:  a shaking bow and going sharp  on the last shift.  So my bow didn't shake much at all, and I did go a little bit sharp.  Not horribly so, but enough so I noticed.  I think that 6 months ago, I wouldn't have noticed, so there's progress.  I can't expect a habit that was 30 years in the making to "magically" disappear overnight.

The last piece was "Stars and Stripes Forever."  Apparently the orchestra does it every year, which means I've done it all of twice now, but it is a lot of fun.  People got to shoot off the remaining poppers that didn't get used in the 1812, and balloons came down from the balconies:

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I won't mention her by name unless she says she doesn't mind, but a violinist I met here on also joined the Arlington Philharmonic for this concert.  It's a great feeling to meet people on the site and then get to meet them in person.

I'm sorry the season is over, but looking forward to summer!

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 7:36 AM

I mean this very sincerely....meeting others here on forms a kinship and I like the little stories, sagas, foibles, successes and such. Karen, you shared so much of your trials and tribulations with us about the solo, quest for a fiddle, etc. I am soooooo happy the solo was successful, four measures or not. Enjoy your summer

kindest regards,


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on June 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Thanks Sam!  I wrote so much about the solo to talk myself through it--and I think it helped.  Blogging as cure for nerves, hmm . . .

From Donna Clegg
Posted on June 17, 2009 at 12:15 AM

Ditto what Sam said. :)

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