11/16 Note

Dear Metropolitan Symphony Musicians,

We felt we had another productive and positive rehearsal yesterday–our third on the new repertoire (counting the first sight reading session). We hope you are starting to connect with this new music, both personally and musically. Listening to how the music ‘goes’ will help you contribute more directly and confidently in our limited rehearsal time together!

Next week will be our final rehearsal before the team of professional performers comes in to work with you in sectionals. Sectionals are YOUR learning time! Please identify those passages that you know will benefit from clarification and support from the clinician. They are here to help. The more proactive you are in terms of understanding your needs, the more useful this session will be.

On purpose, we did not rehearse the Gaelic Symphony yesterday. Obviously, this work presents numerous challenges, and is likely the least familiar to you. This week, could you please commit to a careful listening of this selection with your music in front of you, to help with general rhythms and entrances. We will dig into the Beach next rehearsal, but please do your part in advance so you won’t feel overwhelmed and fuzzy. You might not be able to play all of the notes, but you should at least know what you are trying to do!

Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italian

Shostakovich, Festive Overture

Amy Beach, Gaelic Symphony, mov. 4

Have a great week!

Mr. John Emanuelson (jemanuelson@mtsd.k12.wi.us)

Mr. Jonathan Winkle (winkle@uwm.edu)

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