Shortly after moving to Muncie, I was invited to join the Ball State University Women's Club. I went to their first event and decided to join. I also joined one of the clubs within the group, the Tea and Travel group, where ladies get together and drink tea, eat sweets, and chat. It's been fun. I thought it would be a good way to meet people in the community, and it has been!
A few weeks before my Fall recital (back in October), there was such an event, and I told the ladies of my upcoming recital. One woman came, and sent me a very nice email a few days later. Then, out of the blue a few weeks ago, she wrote to me again and said she was hosting the next Tea and Travel event, and said, "I would really enjoy you sharing your musical talents on your viola with us. It would be great if you would play one or two movements from the Max Reger Suite No. 2 or a couple of pieces of your own choosing." With such an invitation, how could I refuse?
I haven't practiced the piece since performing it last in Brazil in October, but dusting off the cobwebs hasn't been as difficult as I thought it would be. Of course I've been doing some slow practice and fine-tuning of a few finger-twisting double stops, but on the whole, the piece is miraculously still in my fingers. And the most surprising part, honestly, is the really hard parts (the ones marked with big Xs!) are really quite fine! I guess all of that practicing before my October performances is still somewhere in my muscle memory.
I think it'll be fun to play this little house concert. It's not the kind of performance I usually do, and I think it will be a nice change of pace from the more-formal, more-stressful recitals to which I am accustomed. It's also nice to know that someone out there enjoys my playing, and if I can add a little sparkle to her tea party, I am very happy to do so. :-)