Last night I was playing in a concert in which the main item in the first half was the Sibelius VC, performed faultlessly by teenager Cristina Dimitrova. She encored with a spectacular Kreisler's "Tambourin Chinois".
The second half of the concert was Saint-Saens' 3rd Symphony, the "Organ", chosen to celebrate the refurbishment of the church's organ, which included tuning it up to A440 for working with orchestras. When we returned to the platform after the interval I found our soloist sitting next to me in the firsts, ready to play. I must say her presence was invaluable and much appreciated by the section in that demanding symphony.
This is the first time I've had a visiting soloist join in with the orchestra after a concerto. Have others had this experience? Is it that uncommon?
[Edit added] Cristina Dimitrova was using the "Russian" string set-up - steel E and A, with, I believe, covered gut D and G. It projected extremely well.
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