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
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.