Today I performed with Joel Braun and the American Piano Trio. It was such a fun concert! I must admit, I was a little scared going in to it, as we didn't have a whole lot of time to rehearse together, but the final product this afternoon was a great success. One of our administrators came back stage after the show and said it was "hands down, the best concert I've heard here all year." So that was really nice!! And I had a great time.
That's the best part about a recital: you learn the notes on your own, working to make your own part as good as it can be; then you meet with your colleagues and make decisions about bowings, phrasings, articulations, and other musical ideas, working to make the whole as good as it can be; THEN you get to the concert, and just have fun. At least, that's what I try to do... while still being cognizant of all of the work that everyone has put in. When we got done, I was full of energy, and literally thought I wouldn't mind playing the Trout quintet one more time! It's such good music, and so much fun! Hah!
Unfortunately I didn't think to get a picture with all of us, so this silly image I found on the internet will have to do.
I'll take the rest of the day off from viola, then start really working on my solo recital program. Fun fun fun!