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Orchestra geek and the rest of the world

May 23, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Greetings fellow violinists :-) I have always been one of those definite orchestra nerds whom absolutely love spending  their sunday afternoons playing their arms off and then come home complaining of terrible shoulder aches but are stil as excited to attend next Sunday! Playing in youth orchestra gives me the thrills, I jus love doing it. As a side effect of my love of youth orchestra I attend a lot of symphony concerts and spend my time on analyzying what the violinists are playing. However I have found out that just because me and my brother are orchestra geeks doesn´t mean that the rest of the world as, the rest of the world being my classmates in this case. I heard the following comments once during class and I had to control myself not to explode from laughter but afterwards I realized that people definetly need to attend more symphony concerts!

This was comment number 1: " I always feel so sorry for the musicians sitting in the back because they must be the worst players because they aren´t good enough players to be in the front.

Second comment: "The musicians are always so serious when they play, they never smile" This being said in a surprised tone

This still makes me laugh and I am oh so glad to belong to the orchestra world and being able to call myself an orchestra geek :) And I apologize for any misspellings. English is my 2nd language and spelling isn´t my biggest strength.

From Dimitri Adamou
Posted on May 23, 2009 at 11:48 PM

I hope you weren't serious about terrible shoulder aches :(

But never the less sounds like fun :D

I've only ever been in attendance to 2 peformances :(

From Christopher Liao
Posted on May 24, 2009 at 2:09 AM

No worries, your english is very good. :) I'm in youth orchestra as well! It's very enjoyable to be able to explore all sorts of music because the repertoire is always so varied. The seating in our orchestra cycles by pattern, with exception to the top determined two in each section, so definitely the seating becomes subjective. Unfortunately, there are lots of people who don't realize the customs of different orchestral settings... but oh well, we are there to perform and to entertain in the end.


From Bill Busen
Posted on May 24, 2009 at 3:26 AM

We sure have had lots of terrific musicians from your country here at the University of Illinois.  As you might know, Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet teaches here.  But we have had terrific strings and woodwind students from your island for many years.  (Several of them are probably headed back there as I write!)

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Don't listen to them!


From Terez Mertes
Posted on May 27, 2009 at 4:36 PM

 It's always wonderful to hear about kids like you and your brother. May orchestra geeks live on forever (and multiply)! (And your English is excellent!)

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