February 2006

February 19, 2006 20:09

The Children's Concert last night was well attended and we played beautifully. Of course Peter and the Wolf was a big hit. The dancers had great costumes and the set was good too. They had a very realistic tree for the bird and cat to climb on. The role of Peter was a little harder to "buy" seeing that the dancer was easily in his 40s. Oh well, it is his ballet company after all, so I guess he's entitled. I played a little air bow on the fugue at the end of the Britten piece. I practiced so many hours on it and mastered the notes, but never got up to the conductor's speed. I'm quite sure I was not alone.

Our next concert will be with 2 piano concerto competition winners. I think it will be a Mozart and a Bach piece but we haven't gotten the music yet. My church orchestra conductor has stepped up the level and number of tunes we are playing. We sight read 2 to 3 new pieces every week now. I enjoy sight reading with this group- it's a group of very talented adults for whom music is a passion but not their source of income. We have a judge, several lawyers, my veternarian, a CocaCola exec and of course lots of teachers in the group. I'm on winter break this week and hope to get in some extra hours of practice. I am so motivated to work harder!

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February 3, 2006 07:22

I've enjoyed reading everyone's blogs the last few weeks but just haven't had the urge to write anything myself. Reading blogs on v.com is now second on my list of must reads every day. I really do enjoy journaling, I just seem to have different levels of motivation to write depending on what's going on in my life.

Practice and rehearsals for the February children's concert are progressing nicely. We are have a "petting zoo" in the lobby of the performing arts center during intermission. A local music store is supplying the instruments and representatives from each section will talk about each instrument in the orchestra and let the kids experience making "music". Should be fun and I hope to get some good pictures.

I was in a training class a few months ago with a teacher from Philadelphia. I mentioned the documentary that Caeli Smith(alicelizard,C.Veronica Smith) was in- Rittenhouse Square. She had not seen it at the time but recently returned to teach another class in my area and brought me the DVD to watch. It is grand. I think we all realize how talented this youngster is, but I was totally impressed with her performance. She is one of the central characters of the film and plays 4 or 5 times -both solo and with other musical groups. Kudos to Caeli. What a resume builder!

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