Looking forward to seeing you all at the UUFCC tonight at 7:30pm for a wonderful evening of new music!
It's hard to believe, but it's already time for the dress rehearsal! We will rehearse in concert order, with time built-in for working and running:
7:20-7:55 Playroom (starting with work on Part 6)
8:40-8:55 Canon - see below!
8:55-9:30 Un Camino
For those playing in Canon who were not at rehearsal on Wednesday, we will try out the following arrangement:
1st/2nd canons (m. 1-17) - string solos
3rd canon (pickup to m18 on beat 2 or 3 as appropriate in your parts - ask me if you're unclear) - strings tutti
4th canon (pickup to m26 on beat 2 or 3) - winds tutti
5th canon - grows to forte, continues to build to...
6th canon - peak dynamic at the beginning, slowly fades out
7th canon - strings only (winds fade out at the end of the 6th canon at your discretion)
We'll give that a shot and see if it works with the composer's intentions - please have this marked in your parts so that we can run it right away without spending time talking.
All four of our composers will be there tomorrow, as well as the pianist for Playroom, so it will be an exciting dress rehearsal! Please continue to spread the word, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Wonderful rehearsal Tuesday - we made great progress on all of the pieces. Wednesday is our last regular rehearsal before the dress, and the schedule is:
8:25-9:05pm Un Camino
The schedule may shift a few minutes in either direction, so thank you in advance for your flexibility.
I've attached a copy of the ad to this email, and the link to the Facebook even is here. Join the group and tell a friend!
I mentioned in rehearsal that we will have a reception after the concert with services provided by the UU members and food/beverages provided by the orchestra. if you're interested in bringing something, please let me know so that I can help coordinate. As I said in rehearsal, this is completely voluntary, and I want to remind you in advance that just your donation of time is invaluable. If you just so happen to love baking, your food is appreciated as well!
Thank you for a solid first read through on Sunday. As we continue to work on the pieces, Tuesday's schedule is:
7:00-7:30pm Saturnian in Paris
7:30-8:15pm Un Camino
9:05-9:30pm Canon/Prelude and Fugue
A few logistics for rehearsal:
7:00-7:50pm Un Camino (Amaya) with soloist
7:50-8:20pm Playroom (Woskob)
8:35-9:00pm Saturnian (Bell)
9:00-9:30pm Prelude and Fugue, Canon (Hopkins)
This will be a little flexible - we may push around the times a little bit on some of the pieces as needed.
Stands - Please bring a music stand if you have one that is easily transported. We do have many at the UUFCC, but when we're out, we're out, so please bring a backup.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, and I'll look forward to seeing you at the first rehearsal.
Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone for last night's concert! I hope you all enjoyed yourself as much as I did - it was an absolutely blast to be there with you all, even if the heat was a little evocative of Brazil!
I'm very proud to say that we raised $525 last night, which more than covers the expenses and will allow us to donate quite a bit of money to a great cause (PlanUSA - check out their website for some uplifting social work). On top of that, the audience was very supportive and appreciative, and I expect that quite a few of them will be back in two weeks for the next concert - we've really developed an appreciative and returning audience.
Again, it was a pleasure working with all of you. If you're playing in the next concert, I'll be in touch soon with new music, etc. Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to work with you again soon.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the UUFCC tonight at 7:30pm for a wonderful evening of Beethoven, Belshazzar, and Brazil!
Really a wonderful rehearsal yesterday! The Beethoven sounds wonderful, and I appreciate very much your attention to details in phrasing and sound, even with the fans on high. Sibelius is charming all around, and the Milhaud is really coming into focus beautifully, particularly with regards to tempi and intonation. It was a thrill to just run through the last few movements at the end of rehearsal - so much fun!
The schedule for Friday will be:
7:00-7:20 Sibelius (all movements)
7:20-8:00 Beethoven (run and work)
8:00-8:20 Milhaud (work - all movements)
8:35-8:55 Milhaud (run)
8:55-9:30 Milhaud (work)
Please continue to spread the word about the concert - we have a Facebook page, website, and lots of flyers to hang up. Just a reminder - free food after the concert courtesy of the UUFCC, so stick around.
Another sweltering rehearsal today - thanks for all of your hard work in less than ideal playing conditions! The Milhaud is really starting to come together - our tempi and ensemble were much better today, and I felt that we accomplished a lot tonight.
Tomorrow's schedule is:
7:00-7:30pm Beethoven - development and recap; m298-386, with excerpts from other portions as needed
7:30-9:10pm Milhaud (with break in between) - Mvts 7/8 and Overture-4 entirely, with portions from the movements we worked today as time permits
9:10-9:30pm Sibelius - Mvts 1,2, and 4
Again, I appreciate all of your hard work, especially in a venue like the UUFCC. As hot and tiring as the room is, our group is coming together as an orchestra and making some great music - I'm looking forward to Saturday already!