I find it more tiring to do less in a work than to do more. I don’t play a single note on my whole first page of Rite; I have some cues and a tremendous number of rests. And all that waiting … well … it tires a girl out! I didn’t play a note of my part until nearly 8:00 tonight (our rehearsal began at 7:00).

I don’t often read when I’m at a rehearsal. I’m afraid I’ll be less involved in the music, and I know that some conductors find it irritating. So while I brought my book, I didn’t read it except at break. Even then I only managed one page, as I can’t concentrate well on other things when I’m at a rehearsal. Go figure.

I do enjoy our conductor, Martin West. He is clear, easy to follow, and he even manages to get us to play pianissimo! That’s a challenge much of the time.

I’m enjoying the set, and I must say that there is some mighty fine playing going on around me! Want to attend the concert? Get your tickets here.

Now I’m beat. I’ve been up since 6:15, and I’m not good with these longs days right now. Not sure why, but they really do me in. G’night!

05. June 2008 · Comments Off on Rite Of Spring with Salonen · Categories: Symphony, Videos, Watch

No, I’m not playing the wonderful English horn part this time, but I sure am enjoying listening to it and not stressing at all. What a relaxing way to play Rite of Spring!






Well … okay … perhaps I should use the word “relaxing” when referring to playing Rite, even if I’m playing an unimportant part, eh? 😉

05. June 2008 · 6 comments · Categories: Ramble

I posted a couple of mini-videos on facebook. They were of the UCSC WWQ performance. Well, not really a performance; they call these “open rehearsals” for some reason.

But a former student questioned the legality of posting them. So I took them down. The last thing I need is to be in trouble or sued, and she asked the question publicly, which means, I would think, that a flag may have gone up at facebook.

So does anyone know about the legality of such things? The videos were displayed for “friends” (hah!) only. The music was purchased music, not rental (when you record rental music you can find yourself in trouble, I believe, unless you get permission). Am I pushing it to post those, or is it safe?

When UCSC has performances that charge for tickets the program always specifically states that we aren’t allowed to take pictures or record anything, which is why you’ll never see anything here or on facebook from those concerts. But this one? Not a real “concert” and free to boot. Anyone want to fill me in? I know the students enjoyed seeing and hearing a part of their performance.

Then again, a UCSC student has posted a portion of a concert that did cost money at YouTube. And the music was rental only. So I’m puzzled.