June 2005

June 23, 2005 09:30

I’m getting a fairly steady trickle of chamber music at the moment. I need to take a moment to appreciate that fact because it kind of snuck up on me while I was focusing on having to play in orchestra for another week and the weekend chamber music getaway I can’t do because of orchestra. I’ve made good on my vow to be more proactive on the organizing front & between that, my regular group (2x/month) and last minute invites, this week & next week are all set. Things get a little trickier in July when my new violist of choice goes on vacation… it might be back to square one, but I’m at music camp for a week then anyway. Along those lines, I actually started looking at the viola clef this week... but I think it’ll be a long time before I actually attempt to try playing it in a group.

Broken record time- I also have to kick up my sight-reading practice. I’m having a blast with my chamber music get-togethers and doing a better job of the sight-reading would enhance the experience a thousand-fold.

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June 2, 2005 12:01

I’ve been trying to cut down on orchestra in order to do more chamber music…. and I’ve been succeeding….. until concert season kicked in and now my orchestral season has once again exploded on me. It should’ve been over in mid-May, but thanks to last minute calls from other community orchestras looking for help, it’s now been extended to the beginning of July.
The ability to say ‘No’ tends to allude me…. especially this time of year when after that last concert of the season there can be a serious dry spell & you risk going into withdrawal for lack of group music.. all the more reason to get serious about the chamber music.
At least conflicting concert dates narrowed it down to 2 extra groups rather than 3. I was a little apprehensive about accepting the second one because it’s an ambitious programme and I’ve only played 1 of the 6 pieces before, but my friend who also got recruited has just been to a rehearsal. The conductor is taking things very slow, so I should be fine, and the group is still struggling despite the slow tempos, so they’ll appreciate whatever I can contribute. The other group’s concert is in 2 days, so once that’s done I can turn my attention to learning the new pieces, but still get on with my plan to get a lot of chamber music going for the summer. Looking forward to it.

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