I want all of you to know how pleased I am with your work during this short cycle. The repertoire is quite challenging and since our first read two weeks ago, you have really stepped up. I also am impressed with your continued collaborations with each other before and after rehearsal. I am hearing of productive work done in sectionals, and delight in seeing you regularly work out issues during rehearsal. Bravo! Keep it up during this final stretch. Demand more, seek perfection in accuracy, pitch, rhythm, ensemble, style and enjoy the music making. I look forward to a great concert on Monday.
To all concerned, there was a “pouch bag” (whatever you call it) left in the room that contains, among other things, a graphing calculator. If you are the owner, could you please identify to me the other items in the “pouch bag?” Thank you.
To all the strings players who sit in front of the percussion:
I understand how loud the percussion are, and how much they hurt your ears. However, because of a shortage of sound shields, and what-not, sound shields cannot be given to everyone who needs them. So, for the remaining rehearsals, I can put music stand behind most of you (although it would have much effect without an absorbent material, e.g. black thick cloth, to absorb the sound); otherwise, please bring earplugs. Thank you for understanding.