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The Crazy Concerto Season gears up!
29 Dec 2010
Sarasota Violist's Escapades
The new year fast approaches (THIS WEEKEND!!) unbelievable that its already almost 2011, and with it comes the start of a very busy concerto season for me.  I've always enjoyed and felt very lucky to be able to perform some fun concerto's with orchestras in the past, and this season continues with that!

First up - Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Friday February 11, 2011 7:00pm
Sun City Chamber Players

This performance is going to be great fun!! I've always wanted to perform this piece, and am REALLY looking forward to getting the chance!  This year marks a new milestone for me, as I decided to establish and found the "Sun City Chamber Players" series.  The first concert is generously hosted by the United Methodist Church of Sun City, where the SSSO holds its concerts.  The Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 is one of those unusual pieces that is not scored for any violins, instead - Two Solo Violas, One Cello, Two Viola Di Amore, One Bass, and Harpsichord.  Here's a video of the first movment if you would like to check it out!


Second - Weber's Andante and Hungarian RondoSunday, February 13, 2011 2:00pmAnna Maria Concert Chorus and Orchestra
What a great piece!!  This will be the most challenging concerto I'll be playing this season, but so much fun!  I've been doing a lot of metronome work for the fast sections of the Andante and Rondo, and think it will turn out pretty well.  The first rehearsal is coming up in less than 2 weeks, so wish me luck!!!
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Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante - First MovmentMarch 19, 2011Lakeside Lutheran Church, Venice
After performing this piece on the tour through Europe last summer, Donna Smith from the Palm Strings Quartet decided that she would like to organize a music series at her church, and programmed the Sinfonia Concertante (first movement) along with some works by Arriaga for string quartet, and a special section featuring Soprano Johanna Fincher.
Grayson Viola Concerto (Third Movement) World PremiereMarch 27, 4:00pmSouth Shore Symphony Orchestra
Martin Grayson is a composer living in Europe, who in 1971 composed a viola concerto.  Unfortunately, to this date it has never been performed, and I have been in contact with him over the end of the summer.  We will be premiering this wonderful concerto with the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, in what looks to be a fun concert entitled "Concerto Mania"?
Well, thats it for this season!! As I've been sitting here typing this blog entry, I can't help thinking to myself - thats a lot of music!! What am I doing typing when I shoud be practicing??? :)
I hope all of you out there in Blog world have a great New Year, and enjoy the rest of your holiday season!!Enhanced by Zemanta


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