Next Saturday is a youth symphony concert, which ought to be fun. Our program is wildly diverse, from Khatchaturian to Handel to Milhaud-flavored Couperin. With the assistance of a London Symphony recording (and an unhealthy amount of mimicking and impersonating the concertmistress), I’ve finally got the off-beats to the Sabre Dance mastered, along with the tricky little triplets in the dance music from Aida. I could use a little direction with the high part in the “Overture and Allegro”, since the rest of the second violin section chooses to quietly slip out to lunch during that part...but hey, that’s okay. After all, it just couldn’t be a proper youth symphony if we sounded spectacular all the time. :)
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