Muncie's Sesquicentennial

Muncie, Indiana celebrates its 150th year, and the Muncie Symphony is pulling out all the stops for this event, tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM in Sursa Hall on Ball State's campus. We've been rehearsing for the past few evenings, and it's a super exciting concert. I am exhausted! SO MANY NOTES, but really fun music.

We open the program with Bernstein's Candide Overture-- I really enjoy playing this work. Once you've done it enough times you don't have to think too hard, and it's really fun to play. The first few times you really need to count until you get used to the rhythms and meter changes, but once you've got it in your ear, it rolls right off the fingers. It's so fun. I don't know how many times I've played it now, but it's still as fun as it was that first time, probably close to two decades ago (!).

Next is a premiere of the Electric Violin Concerto by Joe Deninzon. It's a mixture of rock, jazz, soundtrack, and jam. It's really cool, and a lot of fun to play. The soloist has a 9 (?) string electric violin that I think covers the ranges of cello to violin. It's pretty crazy! It even has frets. It's a Mark Wood model that straps around his body, so his head is free and his arms are very relaxed. It's cool to watch him jam out with all of those strings while doing so little work! Pay attention students! Karen Tuttle would be proud. :)

And the final work is Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. It's one of my absolute favorite symphonies, and so exciting. There's such a vast array of emotions in the work, from utter despair to complete exaltation. It's amazing.

Another thing that makes this concert special is that it's our first Classical concert of the season (we did have a Pops concert in August). At the beginning of our break, we were notified that there was a little something for everyone out in the lobby. It was a super yummy cookie, each individually wrapped and complete with this little note.

It's really nice feeling appreciated by the Board and others who make the MSO possible. :-)

So, if you're free tomorrow afternoon, come on out to Sursa Hall at 4 PM and see us rock out!

Happy practicing!