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A full-length concert on YouTube
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November 30, 2021 - 5:06 am
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I know this concert is also in my blog thread, but I thought it should also appear separately in the "share a video" forum because it's a performance I'm really proud of. This is with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, which I successfully auditioned for this fall after going back to school for a postgraduate law degree at UC Davis.

It's also the first time I've ever had a full length concert live-streamed and put on YouTube. The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra now live-streams all its concerts, but the first concert I played with them (in October) was a free noon concert that only ran half the usual length. Other orchestras I've played in haven't put entire concerts online.

In the wide-angle shots, you can see my head just behind and to the right of the first stand of second violins, to the conductor's right. At various times there are also closer-up shots where I'm much more visible.


The program was:

Mathilde Wantenaar, Prélude à une nuit américaine
Colin McPhee, Tabuh-Tabuhan for two pianos and orchestra
Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 2

Jim Dunleavy
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December 1, 2021 - 9:55 am
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Nice one @AndrewH.

I didn't listen to the whole thing yet, just sampled here and there. Some very challenging repertoire indeed there, and all looked and sounded professional. Good work!

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December 1, 2021 - 10:40 am
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Very cool. Congratulations on auditioning and making the orchestra. Good luck on your law degree. I get to work with a lot of lawyers and judges in my profession, I appreciate the work that they do.

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December 3, 2021 - 3:18 am
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Thanks, both of you.

About the law degree: it's actually a second law degree (LL.M or Master of Laws), so I'm only back in school for one year. I've already been a lawyer for a while. The pandemic slowdown was an opportunity for a career pivot and change of practice areas, and I'm also thinking the advanced degree may open doors to moving into teaching law in the future (no concrete plans to do it yet but I've had the idea for a while).

The orchestra is among the reasons I chose UC Davis for my LL.M -- it's both an excellent orchestra and open to non-music students (I'm pretty sure that fewer than one-quarter of the students in it are music majors), and it plays in a world-class concert hall. The schedule is intense, though: two rehearsals a week and six concerts a year. It's open to university employees and alumni as well as students, which means I'm now eligible to play in it for life.


December 3, 2021 - 4:41 am
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@AndrewH -

That's really GREAT news! 

Very smart move, on your part - a wonderful Hall to play in... forever! 

Hope many more opportunities open up for you when you get your advanced degree. 🤗 

- Emily

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December 21, 2021 - 11:05 am
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Thanks for sharing this video.
It's interesting that everyone including the winds and brass have masks on. Not sure how that helps the winds and brass section but it's still interesting.

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