Happy 2016! It’s been a busy start to the Spring semester (though Winter semester seems more appropriate right now!), including a trip to Ohio last week, and Chicago this week. I’ll also be traveling next week and already feel like I need a few days off. Phew!
It’s going to be a performance-heavy semester, and I’ve been practicing diligently. First up are the Frank Bridge songs for mezzo-soprano, viola, and piano. Meryl Mantione invited me to perform them on her recital, and I’m looking forward to doing so. If you don’t know these songs, please check them out (here's a nice Youtube video)! They’re absolutely gorgeous. We’ll be performing with James Helton at the piano. The recital is on Sunday 31 January at 3 PM in Sursa Hall, free and open to the public.
Next is a full recital with Trio Harmonia in early February. I’m truly looking forward to performing with the wonderful and talented Mihoko Watanabe and Jooyoung Kim! Two of the trios we’re performing were originally composed for flute, violin, and piano, so in the last months, I’ve done a lot of transposing… and shifting! :-) My viola has a surprisingly lovely sound in the high register, so I’m actually playing a lot of the violin music as originally written. But this does require a fair bit of left hand acrobatics. The pieces have been a lot of fun to learn, and I must admit that it certainly is satisfying to feel comfortable in all parts of the fingerboard.
I also have a solo recital in early March, and a chamber music recital at the end of March, with a new music performance in the middle of March... So March is going to be crazy. And in early April, I round out my semester with a Hibiki Trio performance.
Needless to say, I have a lot of notes to learn. Stay tuned, and happy practicing!