06 December 2008

LYS Saturday Report -- December 6th, 2008

As usual, this is Julie Gardner, Managing Director of Lincoln Youth Symphony.  For previous emails, see the Lincoln Youth Symphony Blog, our Weekly Rehearsal Report, here.
We had a fun rehearsal today, listening to and playing new music!
We sight read & checked out the following music:
Intermission - Ten Minutes (a funky thing that begins with an ending and ends with a beginning) by Don Gillis
The Lord of the Dance (because we promised in September that we'd play it later in the year) by Ronan Hardiman
Prometheus Overture (much more slowly than the recording!) by Beethoven
Legend (looks like no one has ever played it & it's old!) by Merle J. Isaac
Symphony No. 4, 2nd Movement (absolutely gorgeous, but look out for all five flats!) by P.Tchaikovsky
We also looked at music for and listened to the following, which we will hand out when we receive the transposed parts for the winds (which we are ordering soon with admission money from the recent concert - thank you for your support!).
Symphony No. 9 (5), From the New World by Antonin Dvorak
We plan to order transposed parts (also with admission money from the recent concert) and check out one other piece as well, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1.
We have not yet chosen which pieces we will be using for which concert, but we will let you know next week so you can practice your guts out during the break!
Our next rehearsal is December 13th. We will be having a potluck treat break , so plan ahead to bring some goodies! Don't bring too many, and err on the side of un-messy, okay? This will be our last before the Christmas Break (first rehearsal after the New Year: January 10th).
Remember, Erik N, to bring your music next week so you can have the new music to take home next Saturday. Also, there are two people (K.M. and C.G.B.) who have stopped coming to orchestra but we still need you to turn in your music or we will have to assess a hefty fee!  
Remember, regular Saturday rehearsals are from 8:30 to 11:00 am. Thank you for being on time!  This means call time is 8:20 since you should arrive 5-10 minutes early to set up and be ready for downbeat at 8:30. If you are one of those consistently late people, just plan to leave 10 minutes earlier than you need to; then you will be on time! :)
If you will not be attending a rehearsal, or will be leaving early or coming late, please contact me at 435.723.8262 or reply to this email. It is really disconcerting when someone doesn't come without letting us know. Thank you for your courtesy! I try to make it very easy to provide notification, and I appreciate it when people let me know. You are wonderful!
Boring but Important
We are in the compiling stage (and should have mailed them out by now but haven't had time) for sending letters to prospective contributors to our silent auction. Please consider helping with this effort.
Concerto Audition Date & Time Change
Please note that Concerto Auditions will be December 13th - instead of Dec 6th - at 8 a.m. for concerto night (Feb 28)!  Please come ten minutes early to warm up so we can start auditions, and then the rehearsal, on time. Good luck everyone!
Please contact me with any questions: Julie Gardner, 435.723.8262, GJulieKay@gmail.com, or check out the calendar on the website here (please inform me of any technical difficulties).
Julie Gardner
John Findlay


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