14 February 2009

LYS Saturday Report -- February 14th, 2009

This is Julie Gardner, Managing Director of Lincoln Youth Symphony.  For previous emails (or to read this one in another location), see the Lincoln Youth Symphony Blog, our Weekly Rehearsal Report, here.
We have just two more rehearsals before our concert Feb 28 and the trip to Abravanel Hall Monday, March 2. Thanks to everyone for coming today, especially since it's President's Day weekend. You are awesome!
Here is an update on the rehearsal schedule for the next two weeks: 
Saturday, February 21st, we will start with Strings only. Austin Weyand will be there to rehearse the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto with us. Arrival time for strings: 7:45 a.m. Please take this seriously. We do not want to waste his time! Rehearsal begins: 8:00 a.m. This will not take long if we get started on time! 
Arrival time for all others: 8:15 a.m. Rehearsal resumes: 8:30 a.m. sharp! Note for Kandra and Oboes/Horns: We will rehearse the Mozart after the guitar concerto if there is time; if not, we will save it until the end. Thanks for working with us on this!  We are trying not to waste anyone's time!
The same schedule will apply on February 28th unless I inform you otherwise!
The calendar on the website has been updated to reflect these changes. Here is the link: http://lincolnyouthsymphony.googlepages.com/calendar
Timing never seems to work as we expect it to, but we still had a great rehearsal this morning! Timing for the cello sectional was... late... because there weren't very many cellists there at 8:00 a.m., (I hope this doesn't happen next week since we have an appointment with our soloist at 8:00 a.m.... Did I already say that? Silly me!) but Mr. Findlay worked with our cellists again after the rehearsal. They sound better every week!  Keep practicing, cellists! It's a challenging part. But challenges help us grow, right?
Thanks to Cami for working with the brass players who got the message about coming early. :)
Welcome to: Heidi Eden with her oboe! Great to have you, Heidi! Two Oboes!  Yippee!
Gala Tickets
Thanks to all who turned in ticket money today. We're getting quite a collection! It's going to be so fun! There will be a quilt to auction or raffle (we haven't decided yet). 
Our deadline from the caterer for final numbers has been extended to Wednesday of next week. I need your final commitments and money by Tuesday. If you have already collected the money by then and just not turned it in, you may turn it in on Saturday. Does that make sense?
If you need more tickets, like if you call everyone you know and have great success like Kandra did, or want to drop off money, I live at 2800 S 1200 W, Perry. Remember: If you took tickets, you are responsible for them as if they are cash. We need all unsold tickets returned before the dinner next Saturday. Each ticket is $15.
Today I forgot to send around the sign-up for volunteers to set up, host and serve. Volunteers will receive a free meal. I already know of some people who have expressed interest in doing this, but if you want to volunteer in exchange for a meal, please contact me by responding to this email so I can officially put you on the list!  
Thank you so much for your support in this endeavor! Remember, there is a $25 gift card to the location of your choice for the LYS musician who sells the most tickets. Kandra P. is still our frontrunner.
Abravanel Hall
Hopefully everyone has a permission slip/information sheet on our trip to Abravanel Hall, March 2, 2009. I have uploaded a PDF copy here in case you need another. If you are unable to leave school for the entire time we will be gone, please look into having your parents bring you. We are small in numbers this year, and we need every warm body on stage!
Our performance time is 11:00 am; if you are not coming on the bus, I need you there by 10:00 am. We will warm up in the Green Room at 10:30 and perform from 11:00 to 11:30, then we will go into the lobby with our instruments for a photograph (bring $10 or a check to Patrick Webster to order your 8 x10 photo!). We will board the bus again after our pictures - 12:30 p.m. at the latest. In Abravanel Hall, because of fire code, we have specific assigned rows for small cases (row 2), large cases (row 30), and for sitting (row 3). I will give you more details closer to the time! I can't wait!  It's going to be fun. :)
Just a reminder: 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. Thank you in advance for your courtesy! I try to make it very easy to provide notification, and I have been impressed with everyone's communication skills this year!  You are wonderful.
Please contact me with any questions: Julie Gardner, 435.723.8262, GJulieKay@gmail.com, or check out the calendar on the website here.
Julie Gardner
John Findlay


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