Bartók in Texas, y'all!

Greetings from North Texas! It's good to be back in Denton, where I spent six years of my life, grew into a professional musician, met some of the most important and influential people in my life, and had a pretty darn good time. The city has changed a lot in the last five years, and I'm looking forward to exploring downtown a bit while I'm here.

Why am I here, you ask? Mini-vacation in the middle of the semester?

Why, no. It's business, of course! The best kind. I've been invited to perform the Bartók Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra. I left Muncie early yesterday morning, and after a bit of traveling stress, arrived in Dallas with almost no sleep and a big smile. I'm staying with my friend Robin, who is principal second of the FMSO. We had rehearsal last night and spent the entire time on the Concerto. By the end I felt like I'd run a marathon and a half, and honestly, I wasn't too pleased with my playing towards the end, but considering that I hardly slept and traveled a bunch, it was probably okay. Thankfully I can get some rest these next few days and will be ready for the performance on Saturday night.

I kept having out of body experiences, which is not something I normally have. It was like I was floating above, listening, and I'd suddenly realize that I was the one playing. Robin and I joked that possibly I was falling asleep while on stage. I slept like a rock last night, and am now up and feeling a lot more human today! I have a few spots to trouble shoot before Saturday, but overall, I think it's going to be a great performance.

It's on Saturday at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church at 7:30 PM. Other works on the program are by Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Bach. The concert is free and open to the public! If you're in the DFW Metroplex, please come and check us out. 

Happy practicing!