Thursday, June 28, 2007

Back in the saddle

Woo hoo! I finally made it to orchestra rehearsal, five weeks after surgery. The limiting factor is that it is a good quarter mile hike with cello (no wheels) from the parking lot to the rehearsal space. I was tired, and almost late thanks to a ridiculous volume of traffic - I left early and it took an hour to get there. Grumble.

Tonight was pops night. For some reason we are rehearsing with and without brass on alternate weeks, and when the brass shows, we run the pops numbers. I remember Camelot, The King and I, New York, Evita... and I don't remember at least one other.

Why don't I peek in the folder so I can list everything? Oops, no folder. They were short of music, so I will be sight-reading for another week. The good news is that I don't have to practice any orchestra music this week. The bad news is that I think we are rehearsing the Brahms Serenade and Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave next week. I'm going to die.

Concerts are July 17th and 18th.


Mr L said...

Fingal's Cave - ughh...I think I said it before, but all I remember is a page full of black notes that didn't seem to make a difference...

I'm playing pops (cello) in my other orchestra. It is going to be an outdoor concert, so I'll need to dig out the clothes pins!

Gottagopractice said...

LOL. I know what you mean. I played it with AU 2 years ago. The most disgusting thing then is that by the performance most of the kids could actually play all the notes. How discouraging. And there are a couple of exposed, or at least important, cello passages. I'm looking forward to another crack at it, even though two weeks isn't much prep time.

Funky Smith said...

Ah, Fingal's Cave. I'll always remember that piece as the one I tried out for State with--and made SEVENTH alternate. So it's not like they would have ever needed me or anything. But yeah! It was hard.