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Played a concert with my orchestra this Sunday. We played a lobrary auditorium and we had a full house. Hreat part is that we played a couple of opera pieces, Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" and "O Mio Babinno" with tenor and soprano vocal accompaniment. Ohter stuff too like Beethoven's 5th, Dvorak "Slavonic dance", Elgar, Britten and other well known composers. This was basically a free preview concert for our upcoming Fall concert later this month. Below is a picture of me performing this past Sunday.
And below is a link to a set of pictures of our orchestra members playing this Sunday.
How exciting. That must have been a lot of fun.
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.
It's always fun to practice at our rehearsals and play in the concerts. For one, it is a nice change of pace from the regular weekly routine. Second, it's a nice change of pace to play along with others as opposed to practicing and playing the violin at home alone. (Of course playing alone is fun and rewarding too). Third it keeps me motivated. We are constantly adding on new pieces of music and there is always the need to practice them, learn them, and always room for improvement both in terms of how well I can play a given piece as well as technique improvement. I have learned an awful lot and I am a much better player today than i was before I joined with the orchestra. It's also nice to socialize with others of like interests. But best of all, when we play before an audience and they enjoy the music it is a great feeling that you helped to bring happiness and musical enjoyment to others. It's a "give and receive" kind of thing. Youi give by making nice music that people enjoy and contributing to the enjoyment of others and to your fellow orchestra members and, you receive by the sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, and gratification that you get in return. And through the whole process you are doing something that you love to do.
I would encourage everyone , if possible, to try playing along with other persons,. Whether you play in a full community/amateur or professional orchestra, a band, a small informal group, or with a friend or family member. Whether you play classical, folk, rock, jazz, country, blues, ethnic, etc. its all good stuff.
I noticed your violin has now chin rest, isn't that a little uncomfortable? or you used to it?
I do have a chin rest on it. It's just that it's blocked from view in the picture. But it is there. I am however not using a shoulder rest. I am one of the only members of our orchestra who does not use a shoulder rests.I am just one of those people who are comfortable without one. But I do need the chin rest.