Thanks for the very productive rehearsal today. We are making progress on our music, and having a nice time with it as well. You are all a delight to spend Saturday mornings with! I just want you to know that -- I would not love coming if it weren't for your smiling faces and hard working attitudes. Keep up the great work!
We look forward to having everyone back next week after a weekend of ACT tests and other things!
Here is the list of what we are playing for the Feb 4th concert:
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, last movementSaint-Saens Cello Concert, first movement (ends at letter F)Liszt Piano Concerto, first movement
Orchestra Pieces (if we don't use all of them, we will still perform them at Abravanel Hall):
Haydn Surprise Symphony (No. 94), Andante - second movementGrand March from Tannhauser - WagnerLittle Russian - Tchaikovsky
Other stuff in our folders:
New World Symphony Excerpts (we probably won't play this one at all - we'll work up to playing the real thing)Prometheus by Beethoven - we are planning to perform this at Abravanel Hall, so practice the fast parts!
We have one more rehearsal before Christmas break. Let's make it a great one! Today we had some extra help for the violins with fingerings on the Mendelssohn. Thank you, Amber Taylor! You are a gem! If you are a 1st or 2nd violin and you didn't make today's rehearsal, be sure to get fingerings from a friend. Help for the cellos is also on its way. :)
I have posted information on two competitions - a concerto competition for woodwind, brass and percussion players, and a chamber music competition for any group of 3 to 8 players - on the blog. It is good information worth passing on, so be sure to check it out!I have also posted a cartoon featuring Haydn's Surprise Symphony. It made me laugh, so I hope you like it. Here is the link.
Now, since we are laughing about the cartoon, I have to ask for parental help! We need more people on the Gala committees. You know you should help! Ticket sales (keep track of tickets sold by students - submit numbers for the caterer), Silent Auction (organize & display stuff for sale), Donations Committee (procuring donations), Decorations & Setup, Publicity, Entertainment. So far, if there is someone on these committees, it's only one person! Let's spread the love, get to know each other better, and have a great time into the bargain.
This year's Gala is on February 11th.
Blessings to you all! Thank you for sharing your gift of music with us.