Last night I rehearsed with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. I'm subbing as principal viola for this concert, which is a back-to-school extravaganza, featuring the Ball State Marching Band! The concert is called Picnic and Pops, and will be a really fun, feel-good concert. We're performing a bunch of medleys and finishing off with a really exciting 1812 Overture (composed by Tchaikovsky) complete with marching band! I've never performed with a marching band before, so this is a unique experience. It's fun. I always find pops concerts to be fun-- can't help but enjoy the Beatles medley or playing my favorite swing-era song, Sing Sing Sing!, at the end of the Big Band medley. The concert is outdoors at the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, and of course, is free.
The MSO has a new conductor this year, Douglas Droste, who also happens to be the new orchestral conductor at Ball State. We went through new faculty orientation together a few weeks ago, so we got to know each other a bit. I think he's really going to make a big difference for the orchestral program here at BSU, PLUS he's a nice guy! It was really fun to play under his baton last night, and I'm looking forward to tonight's concert too. It's always exciting to see a friend excel at their craft. :-)