This was last Friday, and today is Monday. From Sunday to Sunday there were five rehearsals and three shows (the first rehearsal was eight hours long!). The week was a lot of fun; I got to play with some old friends and makes some new ones. The conductor/pianist was absolutely delightful and it was nothing but fantastic to work with him. Although by the last performance I had started getting bored of watching the same show over and over again, the music was challenging enough to keep me occupied. For a week’s worth of rehearsals, I’d have to say the performances went quite well.
Yesterday’s post of the Mozart bassoon concerto reminded me of the bassoon concerto that I played last year for NYSSMA. This, the Mozart, and the Hummel are my top three favorite concertos to play on bassoon.
Everyone loves Mozart. This is probably one of the most, if not the most quintessential and famous bassoon concerto. The first two movements are the movements that I’ll be performing for NYSSMA tomorrow.
The master class was a good experience, but it made me realize a few things. It showed how fortunate I was to be living in a town where the arts and music are so well fostered, with so many talented mentors to guide and teach the younger generation their skills. It was quite evident that not everyone who came to this event had the same benefit.
I made some new friends, met some old ones, and overall had a fun day. What more could I ask?
- Finish the first draft of the piece I am working on for my school’s symphony orchestra.
- Finish the final draft of “A Miracle,” a choir piece I plan to show my school’s choir teacher.
- Have a decent enough (presentable) grasp on this:
This is the bassoon solo that I’m playing for a solo festival on May 13th: Movement 2 and 3 of Vivaldi’s bassoon concerto in E minor.