Thursday, October 01, 2009


Music month

October is filled with music (and driving). Most of it will be preparation for the two KPO concerts at the end of the month - one in Homer on the 30th and the second in Kenai on the afternoon of the 31st. I'm currently practicing three hours a day, trying to nail down the tricky passages and increase my tempos.

The KPO has scheduled three rehearsals on successive Sunday afternoons, starting on the 10th. Because half the orchestra lives in Homer and the other half live 90 to 100 miles north in the Kenai-Soldotna area, the rehearsals are held in Ninilchik, a small town about mid-way between the two.

In addition to my biweekly lessons (in Homer) I'll be joining my Cellocracy partner for two extra joint sessions with our teacher. Since she is principal cello in the KPO, we're working with her on bowings and fingerings. We've also devoted our regular Tuesday evening Cellocracy sessions to concert preparation.

Also, as part of the concert our local strings orchestra will play three pieces; and we'll be busy rehearsing on Monday

Finally, on Friday the 16th, our local Performing Arts Society will host an evening with
cellist Alexander Suleiman from USC, and pianist Patricia Hoy. The next day
we're hoping to setup a master class with Alexander.
December is also starting to fill up with a variety of Christmas concerts and party gigs.

Sounds like a lot of things are happening your way! Very busy here in San Francisco as well.
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