I had a fantastic time playing with the Bryan Symphony again this past Sunday. It was a beautiful Brahms-centric concert and since Brahms didn’t write much for the harp, I got to listen to a lot of rehearsal from the empty audience seats. I’ve always loved listening to rehearsals, almost more than performances. Attention is brought to more nuances in the pieces than you might notice in just the single listen you get during a concert…and sometimes, you just get to hear something awesome over and over!
Meanwhile, I’ve added yet ANOTHER concert to my schedule this month! On October 24th, I’ll be playing with the Jackson Symphony in Jackson, TN in a Halloween-themed concert. The program includes a lot of really awesome pieces with awesome harp parts. I’ll be playing on the Dukas Sorceror’s Apprentice, Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, and an orchestration of the Bach Toccata and Fugue in d minor. The symphony will also be performing excerpts from the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique and I dare say that I am NOT lamenting that the waltz and it’s absurdly difficult harp solo will not be included!
The week of the 19th is turning into one crazy week for me, with rehearsals and performances every single day for 7 days straight. I have a 1-2+ hour drive to each location, so I’ll be spending quite of bit of time in the car with the harp! The 3 upcoming concerts are the 22nd, 24th, and 26th…a big change from starting this month with only 1 commitment!