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Sydney Menees

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

November 21, 2005 at 3:16 AM

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.

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 3:18 AM
When you hear the tape, recorded performances usually don't sound nearly as good as the performance really sounded live. Not sure why really. Big congrats, and nice pictures.
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 3:25 AM
P.S. Is that conductor wearing a shoulder holster?:)
From Sydney Menees
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 4:34 AM
Suppose so. Don't all people do that? Except some girls, of course.
From Ben Clapton
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 7:49 AM
Great to hear when a performance goes well. Go get 'em girl!
From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 11:50 AM
I don't know this piece of Vaughan Williams, so it is a pity that I missed your concert. But perhaps you can put some sound-fragments on your weblog? I like pictures of orchestra's -more people should do that on their weblogs-, but they are often a bit dark.
From Natasha Marsalli
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 12:07 PM
Cool! Like the pix! I'm glad everything went really well...Congrats!
From Carley Anderson
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 1:26 PM
Ha, ha, ha...I finally caught up on what was going on in your life.

YAY for you re:your performance!!!!!!

From Karin Lin
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 8:15 PM
Congratulations, Sydney!
From Mellisa Nill
Posted on November 21, 2005 at 9:29 PM
Congrats, Sydney! That Vaughn-Williams piece is my favorite!


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