12.04.2008

a third orchestra concert


Tuesday was my third orchestra concert I've been in at the Y. I love it!! I love playing!! I love being in a fun, non-diva orchestra where my stand partner is one of my really good friends and the conductor is a Ukrainian who resembles a hobbit. It's only one credit hour, and we meet once a week for a couple of hours. So far, I've been in the University Orchestra, which is the full orchestra (not only strings, but also brass, percussion, and winds). Full orchestras are my favorite to play in, but next semester, Erica and I will be in the string orchestra because of scheduling conflicts. I'm still excited though--I love having the opportunity to play even though I'm not majoring in violin performance.

The concert on Tuesday went really well. My orchestra played a Pomp and Circumstance march, a piece by Verdi, one of the Reformation movements by Mendelssohn, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and the Dance of the Flowers of the Nutcracker Suite, and the Radentzky March. My favorite was most definitely the Nutcracker selections.

My very first concert (a year ago), Brooke and Alexis came--it made my night! The last concert, my roommates, the guy I was dating, and a couple other friends came. Tuesday night, though, I think I had the largest turnout of Charlotte supporters: Brooke, Anneli, Matt (Anneli's boyfriend), Katie, one of my visiting teachers, Blake, first-date Luke, and my favorite person who came, Emily.

I was SO excited that Emily could come and see my concert: she is my only family member to have seen me play in my BYU orchestral experience, and it really meant so much to me that she was there. She even gave me a big bag of holiday M&Ms that she gave me license to hoard. It's always a bummer that my family can't come and see me perform, but having Emily there made me so connected to the rest of my family. I was reminded once again of how much I LOVE having her out here.

Alas, I didn't get any pictures, but I know Emily took some, so maybe she can get those to me.

I'm glad that orchestra finished up before finals are underway, and I love playing. I love being able to play my violin simply because I love it. I love it that my parents indulged my fourth grade desire and went on to pay for my exquisite instrument and my private lessons. I love it that my family and friends have always encouraged me in my playing. I love every aspect of playing music.

8 comments:

michelle said...

That's so cool, Charlotte! How wonderful that you can take a 1-credit, non-stressful class, yet still get to play and perform. I love orchestras, but I'm partial to the strings.

Tyler said...

I didn't know you even played. That's really cool though.

paws said...

I'm not sure...do you love playing or not?

Diana said...

I think its great you participate in Orchestra still. It must be such a break from your regular concerts. I'd love to go to one of your concerts sometime.

emily said...

I LOVED your concert, not only because I was so excited to see you playing (and in your cute dress, to boot) but because it reminded me of how much I love music and playing or singing in an ensemble. Listening to the concert was a wonderful chance to just sit and feel the movement and beauty of the music. Thanks, buddy! I feel so grateful to be out here together. :)

Susan said...

How happy I am that you get to have this experience! It is so fulfilling to perform.

I can recall some of my favorite dinners where you and Emily performed for us in your Mother's dining room. I'm glad that you love it so. (Next time, take a video to post!!...emily, of course).

Denise said...

I'm so sad that I can't attend your concerts. I know I would have really enjoyed it, but most of all I'm glad that you still enjoy playing your beautiful instrument. A beautiful instrument for a beautiful daughter!

michelle said...

p.s. I'm really curious about the hobbit-like conductor...

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