Last night the Central Peninsula Community Orchestra was invited to share the bill with the Young People's Symphony Orchestra. The YPSO, based in Berkeley, California, includes 105 musicians aged 13 to 22. I counted 16 cellists! Their presentation of two pieces by Dvorak and part of the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky was remarkable in its quality and professionalism. I sure am glad they included our community in their three-concert tour of Alaska. And it was free! Too bad more people didn't know about it; our local paper doesn't seem to care much about this sort of thing - they're too busy writing the about which tourist caught the biggest salmon on the river this week to pay attention to something like this.
For our fifteen minutes of fame, we played four pieces including a Mozart medley and one of the Brandenburg concertos. We've come a long way in the last year. I missed a few notes here and there, but all-in-all I was really pleased with my part of the concert.