19 February 2014

Abravanel Hall + Gala Dinner


Abravanel Hall:
I just sent reminders to people who had not yet filled out the online form. Now I am reminding everyone to bring the paper permission slip this Saturday! Remember, there will be fresh homemade bread there for all who have already turned in permission slips, or who bring them this Saturday! (Aren't food bribes great?)

FAQ: Can parents come watch the performance at Abravanel Hall?
Yes, you can, but realize that there are only so many seats in the hall, and if you try to come to the whole festival, you may not get a seat, so come occupy our seats when we head for the warm-up room at 10:10 am. Just tell the ushers which group you are with, and they will tell you where to sit (it's right down front, like row 3).

Gala Dinner
Please be aware that the tickets sold for the Gala will be counted each week. Once we have sold a total (between both orchestras) of 200 tickets, the dinner will be sold out. Buy them while you can! They're going fast! Remember, if people can't go, let them know donations count towards the contest as well. :)

Anyone have a solo or ensemble they'd like to perform for the entertainment at the dinner? We need a number or two! Let me know.

Silent Auction items, at least one per family, are due by the end of next week (March 1), if at all possible. 

More info is in an awesome long email I sent in January. Here is a link to the post on the blog.

Still looking for more string quartet volunteers for the Star Spangled Banner gig on Feb 25. :)


08 February 2014

Abravanel Hall (including an important form)


1. Abravanel Hall information and permission slips are copied and would have been handed out today, alas! 

The information for the day has been posted on the blog. Please note that we are looking for a possible volunteer driver. Also, I need some specific information from you regarding transportation needs (so I know if I need said volunteer driver).

I need a 100% response rate; if you're not sure yet, just tell me what you know now. 

[Filling out the online form does NOT replace handing in the actual permission slip. Please be sure you fill one out! I have a paper copy of the permission slip for each musician. If you'd like to print your own so you can turn it in next week, it is attached, or you can download it at this link.]

2. Calendar: 
It has come to my attention that the original printed calendar says we are taking President's Day weekend off. Au contraire, mes amis! That is a mistake on the printed calendar. I am sorry for the mix-up. We DO HAVE REHEARSAL next weekend! The online calendar at this link is correct.

3. Ending Time: 
We will be rehearsing 8:30 to 11:30 for the next 3 weeks, unless we inform you otherwise. Thank you ahead of time for working out this change in your schedules. We would love to try Lord of the Dance & perform it at Abravanel Hall, but we are concerned about having missed today's rehearsal. 

4.  Communications: 
If anyone did not receive notification regarding the canceled rehearsal via text this morning, please reply to this email and let me know the best way to contact you. I did not have time to make several of the personal phone calls that were requested in the original participant form, and for this I am sorry! I am pretty sure that every person got some form of text message, however, so let me know if you did not receive the message so I can rectify the situation in the unlikely chance that a cancellation situation might happen again.

Have a great week!

Abravanel Hall 2014 Information

Dear Parents and Musicians,
Our performance at Abravanel Hall is March 3, 2014. Our schedule is as follows (times subject to change):
Ø  6:00 a.m. Bus arrives @ Promontory School; begin loading
Ø  6:15 a.m. Leave Promontory School
Ø  6:30-6:40 a.m. Pick up students in Farr West at the Park & Ride (@ 1850 W & 2700 N, across from Maverik)
Ø  6:45-6:55 a.m. Pick up students in Riverdale at the Park & Ride on the east side of the freeway north of 5600 S; official address, 5234 S Freeway Park Road, Roy
Ø  7:30-7:45 a.m. Arrive Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City: Please bring a sack lunch and any snacks you will need to get you through the entire morning. You may not eat inside the auditorium. You may eat on the bus or in the lobby of Abravanel Hall after 12:10 pm before we head north.
Ø  8:00 a.m. Participate in the Audience
Ø  10:10 a.m. Warm Up in the Green Room
Ø  10:40 a.m. Lincoln Youth Symphony performance
Ø  11:10 a.m. Group picture on the grand staircase.
Bring $15 for an 8x10 picture. Make checks payable to Patrick Webster.
Photo info is subject to change. This is last year’s info since this year’s info has not been sent yet.
Ø  11:40 a.m. Participate in the Audience
Ø  12:10 p.m. Load the bus and head for home. Leave Salt Lake at about 12:25 p.m.
Ø  1:10 p.m. Arrive at Riverdale Park & Ride
Ø  1:40 p.m. Arrive at Farr West Park & Ride
Ø  1:50 p.m. Arrive at Promontory School
v  These times will depend on traffic and unforeseeable events, so we'll need to be flexible. Parents, please arrive for pick-up a few minutes early just in case, or keep in touch via cell phone.
v  We anticipate that the bus will be close to full. We are looking for a van or possibly two to haul instruments and maybe a few youth. Once everyone’s permission slip is turned in, we will know what additional transportation is necessary.
v  Please let Julie know a.s.a.p. if you may be able to volunteer (gas reimbursement available).
v  Each musician is very important to our performance. Since this is not technically a school-sponsored activity, their time off from school will need to be arranged on an individual basis. Please access the note on the second page of this link; hopefully it will help!

v  Congrats Box Elder School District students… you already have the day off!

Abravanel Hall Transportation Form

2/8/2014 Rehearsal Canceled

Although it is warming up and turning to rain, Sardine Canyon is restricted to chains, and we are cancelling rehearsal today.

Please do your best to adjust your schedules and plan to stay until 11:30 for the next few weeks as we prepare for Abravanel Hall.

More information soon.

Julie Gardner

07 February 2014

Monitoring Weather

Please note that we are monitoring the weather and will cancel rehearsal tomorrow if necessary. We will make the decision before 7 am, and I will start by sending an email at 7 am and **only if rehearsal is canceled** I will also send text messages to or call everyone (whatever you marked on your participant form).

As of now, the weather (except in Cache Valley) is dry, but a lot could happen overnight. 

See ya tomorrow, maybe.