last night’s concert went very well. My confidence in my work there was bolstered by a nice compliment beforehand from Dr. Fashun, the conductor. I think it might have been shrewd of him to thank and commend me while we were discussing the balance of the electric keyboard, both onstage and through the P.A. I admit I was surprised because I have been sweating this gig and working hard at music that was tricky for me.
So I relaxed and played very well. This is what made me suspect Fashon of being a bit calculated. I could see him encouraging musicians all the time I worked with him this week. He did come off pretty genuine but that doesn’t mean he’s not paying attention to what he is doing.
The hardest part for me about being a keyboard player with an orchestra is counting rests and hoping you are in the right can u buy valium in bali place. This especially true for solos. Dr. Fashun was pretty consistent about cueing them but it is dangerous not to be sure where you are.
I don’t think I really understood how exposed my parts were until the concert. I guess that explains why a violist I know came up to me during Friday’s rehearsal and thanked me and commented that I was adding a lot.
I liked the music the orchestra played last night. It has inspired me to revisit “Carmen” by Bizet and also check out “Le Cid” by Massenet. Suites by both composers were part of last night’s program.
For what it’s worth here’s the YouTube playlist I made related to the program. There’s a lot of music on it, since I put full suites of which we only played a few movements. But I do like this music.