10 December 2011

LYS Saturday Report!


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 movement
Saint-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 movement
Grand March from Tannhauser - Wagner
Little 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.

Julie Gardner
Robert Bott

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