Thursday, June 28, 2007

Moderately successful...

I guess the audition went OK, even if it wasn't a formal one. The person I played for said that she would "put me on the roster, but not at the top" since there are some local, very very good players ahead of me. That's about what I expected so I'm not disappointed at all. But as usual, I was nervous and did not feel that I played my best. It's not easy to play in front of peers! But that's the way it goes.

The quartet is plenty busy this June and July with weddings. We're playing two weddings on Saturday the 30th, and then another one on Saturday the 7th of July. We already have two bookings in June of '08!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

About to do Another Audition

At a Christmas party last December, I ran into someone I've known since high school - she is the mother of someone with whom I went to school. She mentioned that she'd "heard good things about my planing" and asked if I'd be interested in playing for her. She is the principal violist for a local professional orchestra, and she thought that perhaps I might be able to sub in her section from time to time.

I let her know that I was interested, and that I'd probably play for her this summer. Well, summer is here! So I called her to make an appointment, and she asked me to have some Bach ready, along with something from a Concerto. Gulp! I've been working on the Bach cello suites (particularly #1 in G Major) but I haven't spent any time on a concerto any time lately. I asked her if something from Mozart's Symphonie Concertante would suffice, and she agreed. I had worked on that piece in college, so I felt that I could probably polish it enough for an audition, in a week's time.

So that's what I'm working on this week: Mozart and Bach. Hard to go wrong with those two! If this does result in a fair amount of sub work next season, however, I'll probably have to curtail my involvement with the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra but I'll make that decision when (and if) the time comes.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

This is kinda funny!

I just saw this new blog today and I had to chuckle... it ties right in to my "slow down" post from more than a year ago. I'm sure that drivers everywhere are bad, but Albuquerque is the city that I live in, and there's no doubt we have more than our share of bad ones.