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In between rehearsals

It’s been now five days now since the last rehearsal, as we didn’t rehearse on Easter. That’s a day longer than usual. We come back this afternoon for the last three rehearsals before opening the doors to the public. Crunch time. I thought I’d reflect a little on what goes through the mind in the […]

Time of year

April 7 General review was the order of things today, touching on spots throughout the symphony. Some of it sounds good. Some of it ain’t there yet. OK, here’s the moment that always happens every year around this time. A rehearsal comes when there are more than just the little pockets of empty chairs, but […]

Finding the love

April 5 More sectional work, this time the woodwinds. As noted earlier, Mahler wrote for a large woodwind section, about the size that Wagner used for his Ring orchestra. Then writing for this large section is colorful and complex, and there are no  secondary parts. Even the third and fourth wind parts have exposed moments—nobdy […]