Dear Metropolitan Symphony Musicians,
The Orchestra is showing very nice musical growth every week–even during rehearsal! Congratulations on taking several more steps forward on our “Play Your Part” repertoire. With your ongoing work, you and your family will be very proud of our first performance on Sunday, October 30, at 2:10 pm at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield.
Having said that, we have only two remaining Monday rehearsals before “show time.” How close are you to being prepared to perform your very best on this music? There are likely some spots you will want to dig in on in our final push these next two weeks. For example, now that the Nelson Jubilee is up to tempo, the fugue section at rehearsal 16 does not sound nearly as solid as the rest of this piece. And, there are spots in the Saint-Saëns that are not firmly in everyone’s fingers yet, either, for example, the faster passages around letter C, or some of the tricky entrances. I’m sure you can pick out a few other passages that you will want to be more secure with some individual work this week. It is the perfect time for it!
String players, we made some important bowing adjustments in Jubilee. ALL of the quarter note triplets are now slurred together in that lyric passage before the fugue. Please take a moment to go through your part and correct any backwards bowing marks that don’t make any sense with these changes. You don’t want to see a down bow marking when it is now an up bow.
Remember we have Dress Rehearsal on Friday, October 28, at MYAC, 6-8 pm. You should be in your seats warming up by 5:50 pm. This is an earlier start time than usual, and also a different day. But your participation in this final rehearsal is SUPER IMPORTANT. We hope you are planning ahead and are expecting to be here.
Have a great week! We are looking forward to seeing and hearing your ‘next step’ at rehearsal no. 5 of 6 this coming Monday!
Mr. John Emanuelson (JohnEmanuelson@myso.org)
Mr. Jon Winkle (email@example.com)