November 2005

A Review

November 23, 2005 16:03

"The Red Violin"
I thought that it was an excellent film. My favorite part, however, was the soundtrack. Without it, the movie would have been almost worthless. It was kind of like the violin playing was a character. And why didn't any of you tell me that Joshua Bell was in the movie? I was watching it and did a double take when I saw him in the scene with Fredrick Pope. A snatched the remote mumbling "It can't be!" He had sideburns and I thought that was funny.

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'Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas Tallis' by Vaughan Williams Performance

November 20, 2005 20:16

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you would know that the performance in which I was the first violin of a soloing quartet was today. I was soloing with the Baker and Ottawa University orchestras. The performers arrived an hour early for a small rehearsal. Mr. Lammers (the conductor) gave all of the members of the quartet corsages to wear. Everything fit together well, however, my hand was over-vibrating causing a shaky sound. The performance was much better. I was a bit nervous, but the introduction to the solos wore it away. It was quite clear and had a rich sound, no shakiness. Someone told me afterwards that they had been crying (no, not because it was bad) it was so beautiful. Other reviews were "phenomenal", "really great" and "awesome." My teacher was proud of me and my parents and grandparents too. I have yet to hear it because my father brought the video camera with only 5 minutes of taping time left. I am really happy and hope to have another great performance in a couple of weeks.

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