The past several days have been such a whirlwind! The concert with the MSO on Saturday evening was just splendid. The soloists dazzled the audience and played beautifully. Scheherazade was quite the crowd pleaser as well. I received many comments that it was the best performance of the piece they have heard. It's great to have the support of the community and to hear such positive and encouraging comments. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such incredible talent! After every performance I am left inspired to attain the next level of ability and artistry.
After some rest and time with the family (and a few picturesque bike rides around Columbia), I jumped right into Hot Summer Nights Music Academy managed by the Missouri Symphony Society for grade school instrumentalists. What fun! I am so lucky to coach some talented (and witty) wind players with their orchestral pieces and chamber groups. Sometimes I forget how much I love working with larger groups of students--especially when they are excited to play fun music! It's been exhausting, but I'm enjoying every second. Our student chamber ensembles perform on Saturday, June 28 at 11:00am (free), and the Music Academy Orchestra performs with the Missouri Symphony during the "Love Notes" concert on Sunday, June 29 at 2:30pm ($5-10/ticket). Details are on MSO's website.
Lastly--on Friday evening, I will be joining the MSO again for another pops concert featuring Ben E. King, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend! Come and sing along with your favorite songs--Details can be found here.
Have an amazing end to a gorgeous week, everybody!
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