Kicking ass with art.

The vacation out to Yosemite was abso-frikking-loot-ly awesome. For many, many reasons that will soon become a post of it’s own. Especially since it involves a sooooooper seeeeekrit project Sue and I have been working on. Anyway…

Part of the reason I have been a bit quiet here is well, I’ve been on the road for work. I’m not SUPPOSED to be on the road for work this time of year. I have my music groups and I made not-missing-music a condition of my employment with this company.

But exceptions can and do arise. I tortured my schedule to make sure I was missing the minimal ones I could. I hate taking morning flights, (ugh..5am wakeup times) but it worked out and I’ve made every rehearsal for the A group and only missed two for the B group.

The “A” group, the Ohlone Wind Orchestra, has their first concert of the season this Sunday. Playing through the dress rehearsal, I didn’t realize just how beefy of a concert we had prepared. This is the kind of concert you have at the end of a season, when everyone is on their game, and we’re tearing it up on the opening of the year. This group is scary, scary good.

We’ve got some introspective heavies:

– “October” by Eric Whitacre – A slow moving piece inspired by grandeur of fall.
– “Hammersmith” by Holst – A musical sketch about the dirt-poor and super-rich living intermixed in the same town he grew up in, in victorian england.

But the real ass kickers are the two upbeat heavies:

– “12 Seconds to the Moon” by Robert W Smith – Probably one of his most difficult and showy works. 16 minutes of some of blindingly fast notes. Inspired by the space race, comissioned by the Air Force Band.
– “Cartoon” – Written as a cartoon score. It pulls a lot from Gershwin style voicing, so sections sound a lot like Tom and Jerry where Jerry goes to Manhattan. Lots of other transitions are very
Warner Brothers crazy.

I am so looking forward to this concert. We’re short handed in my section and the parts are damned hard, but I’m not even remotely concerned about that. I am just looking forward to the joy of performing. And that is what is awesome.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 5pm, Smith Center, details over at http://www.ohlonewindorchestra.org/performances.html if you want to go there.

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