Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weekend Orchestra

Ellie joined the area youth orchestra this fall.  That meant the last 10 Saturdays found her, along with the rest of the orchestra, in the band room practicing.

For three hours.
Beginning at 9:30am.
Did I mention the drive to get there is 30 minutes?

But it culminated in a wonderful Fall Concert last weekend.  They gave two performances, one on Saturday, and one on Sunday.  David and I attended both and agree that the one on Sunday was the better of the two.  The acoustics were better, the lighting was better, the confidence of the orchestra was better.

Guess which one we took pictures of and recorded?

Why, the one on Sunday!

The dress requirement was black and we had our friend Rhonda sew yet another lovely dress that met the specifications.
Thanks Rhonda!

The program was as follows:

* Intermezzo #1 in F# Minor by Kalinnikov
* Ballet Music #2 in G from 'Rosamunde' by Schubert
* Suite for Orchestra, Op. 49 by Saint-Saens

  1. Prelude
  2. Sarabande
  3. Gavotte
  4. Romance
  5. Final: Allegro Vivace
* Hungarian Dance #5 in G Minor by Brahms

Whenever I upload the pieces, I'll be sure to post so you can listen, if you so desire.

Now we have a break from the Saturday practices until January.  At which time, we will once again spend 10 weeks driving her to practice which will then culminate in a Spring Concert.

I look forward to hearing this group again!


Barb the Evil Genius said...

We just finished up with marching band, which was at least four days a week, plus some Saturdays. At least since she goes to a public school, she practices her concert band music during school hours.

This parenting thing is lots of commitment, isn't it?

Glenda said...

Yes BTEG, it is a lot of commitment!

And I am so thankful that this year hubby is doing more of the driving and I'm staying home more. Which means my house is staying cleaner, the younger kids are getting schooled more consistently, and meals are o the table at a decent time.