10. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Symphony

So, with opera over ‘n out I moved directly on to this Symphony Silicon Valley set. We had our first rehearsal last night. Sadly it was in the rehearsal hall rather than on stage, so I haven’t a clue how my reeds are, really, but happily we began with Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.

I’ve never played it!

I do, however, know the work. I know it incredibly well, actually. Dan and I must have listened to this a tremendous number of times when we first bought a record of it, because I know exactly what is happening when and there are no issues about counting, really.

And what fun to play it. Finally.

If you don’t know it at all, take a listen (and look):

There are places in the work that just fill me with joy. I’m so glad to finally get to perform it!

We are also doing a world premiere by Paquito D’Rivera (Cape Cod Concerto for Clarinet, Piano & Orchestra) which has no second oboe, and Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. Here’s how that goes:

… okay, okay, maybe not quite like that with Jon Nakamatsu at the piano … and a slightly larger (and older) orchestra.

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