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Dear Metropolitan Symphony Musicians,

Can you feel our orchestra coming together over the last several rehearsals? We were again impressed with your focus and growth during our session this week, with the learning accomplished in our strings/winds rehearsal last week, and with your individual work. The most exciting aspect of Monday’s music-making was your commitment to bringing out the emotions expressed by the literature we are studying. Your efforts to widen the dynamic range and execute the articulation details are making a difference that our audiences will feel at our community concerts on February 24 and for your families on February 27.

Having said that, we still have a ways to go in achieving pitch and rhythmic security in our final four Monday rehearsals. We believe you should have an understanding of the challenges that you are still facing in this repertoire. Your ongoing individual work on these passages is critical to our success as an orchestra.

For strings specifically, there is still a lot of uncertainty about bowings (and notes!) in the Shostakovich, between Rehearsal #s 21-24. We have made some changes in rehearsals and sectionals from the original parts distributed on Nov. 1, but it was obvious that many players still have inaccurate information in their music. Here is a copy of the violin part so you can carefully copy any bowing edits that are missing from your part. Cellos and violas should align with the fiddles through 22, and the violins have some additional clarifications to make until 24. You can use colored pencil and white out if your music is difficult to read. And even with the bowings corrected, ask yourself if you can actually play this passage at tempo. If not, thank you in advance for digging in and getting this passage under your fingers before next week. All quarter notes are SHORT!!

Have a great week.

Mr. John Emanuelson (johnemanuelson@myso.org)

Mr. Jonathan Winkle (winkle@uwm.edu)

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