Happy 2017 everyone! The first week of classes at BSU is nearly finished, and December and the holiday break flew by. I can hardly believe my last post was in November-- oops. This academic year, it's been harder to blog regularly, even though I have tons to write about. But it's a new semester and calendar year, and a new opportunity to stay connected.
Tomorrow is my recital! I'm so thrilled to be working again with the exceptional Ketty Nez, whom I met last year at Ball State's New Music Festival. She flew in from Boston on Wednesday, and we've been rehearsing up a storm. In addition to premiering a viola version of Ketty's work, sea-changes, we are also premiering a "slippery and weird" piece Amelia Kaplan wrote for us. Titled Superviola 3.0, it's completely different than what I'm used to, with all kinds of effects and time signature changes nearly every measure, so it really keeps us on our toes. Even the piano is prepared! There are a lot of very cool (and weird!) sounds going on.
We'll finish the recital on a sombre note, with the Viola Sonata by Dmitri Shostakovich. It is one of my absolute favorite works, and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with you tomorrow evening. Please come out and hear us play! The concert is free, as always, in Sursa Hall at 7:30 PM.