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Chamber Orchestra was fun

It was fun, indeed, but I haven’t worked that hard since I retired. Rehearsing a lengthy piece is work. The end-of-the-week concert was a breeze comparatively. And the workshop’s classes were a bit long, though the subjects were useful:

Intonation, expressive performance and bow variations, the bow being 90 percent of the fiddle as my teacher likes to say. The old joke goes: it’s not true the devil invented the fiddle but it is true that he invented the bow. And how.

Nevertheless I am going to try and get in the UTexas adult orchestra to continue this classical adventure a little longer. Only snag would be if I had to audition. I doubt I could get through that. Stay tuned, as the fiddlers say. Ha, ha.

UPDATE:  The UTexas Strings Project “parent” orchestra runs an hour a week from September to May and doesn’t require an audition (or a child in the Strings Project), so I’m going to plan on it.

MORE:  Meanwhile I signed up for a summer version of the above—five rehearsals and a performance—paid my $100 fee, got my 3 charts via PDF and am practicing them for the start on July 14.

Violinlab’s workshop

My violin teacher is sponsoring a workshop this week which has brought adult beginners like me from, literally, around the world. Most them of showed up last night for a reception, with buffet, and an ensemble practice of the Pachelbel’s Canon for a concert on Thursday evening.

The folks who’ve been playing for more than my six months carried it off while us short-timers played the same four measures over and over, an accepted form of cheating dignified with a fancy Italian name: Ostinato. The Canadian woman beside me, who was trying to keep up with the whole piece, finally quit. “I’m lost,” she said. “That’s why we’re in the back,” I replied.

This morning we start beginner’s music theory, followed by more practice on various things, such as Ashokan Farewell and a cool Celtic number called Bonnie Doon. Only hassle is we have to start at 8 a.m. But that’s what happens when you have only four days. Last night was fun. The rest will be, too, I’m sure.