Dear Metropolitan Symphony Musicians,
We had another very productive and well-attended rehearsal this week. We appreciate your preparation and intense engagement with our rehearsal process.
It is exciting that we only have three remaining Monday sessions before concert week! Also exciting is that, in the next two rehearsals, we will be joined by visiting professional players who will sit in with us and work with us “side-by-side.” We have asked these pros to model sound and other musical/technical expectations, and also to jump in, as needed, to clarify rhythm, pitch, and note issues. This will be inspiring and fun to make music with musicians at that level. Their input and ideas will guide our work as we head into the finish line on this repertoire.
Strings: be sure you have worked out how to integrate that bowing update sheet in the Shostakovich from rehearsal 22-24 you received in rehearsal. You can tape, copy, or do whatever you need to do so that you have the correct information ready to go by next Monday. Also, obviously, please do what is necessary on your own to have these changes under your fingers. It’s a tricky spot, but these new bowings, plus your extra practicing, will really help. Please note it will be the same bowing adjustments for the violins at rehearsal 6. When Mr. E was circulating Monday night, he noticed that some of you still had incorrect bowings there, too.
The new brisk tempo in the Tchaik at the piu presto (m. 549) will make for a really exciting finish! Keep ratcheting up your work here so you can keep up. It will be in ONE BEAT per measure!
We hope to work through the Beach starting next rehearsal. Be sure you are individually ready to make some music together on the less-rehearsed passages in the second half of this work.
Have you looked ahead at Thursday, February 24, for our community concerts? This is the one school-day field trip of the year for us. Please plan ahead with your teachers and communicate that you will miss classes that day. Click here for the details and permission slip (emailed to you on 1/25).
Have a great week!
Mr. John Emanuelson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr. Jonathan Winkle (email@example.com)