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Dear Metropolitan Symphony Musicians,

Congratulations on a wonderful concert yesterday at the Marcus Center! We are so proud of your performance, and of the tremendous growth the orchestra exhibited over the past week. We spent a lot of time together over the last seven days. These rehearsals and “practice performances,” along with your considerable individual effort, made a huge difference. We hope you received very positive feedback from your family and friends who attended our concert.

Plus, we both had a lot of fun making music with you in that special space! Uihlein Hall is one of the wonderful performance venues in the Midwest. The sounds created there take on a life of their own with the amazing acoustics in the Marcus Center. I hope you were able to enjoy that aspect of our performance, too.

We especially appreciate your attendance during the rehearsal series and special events this past week. We know you may have had to make some adjustments in your schedule. We hope you realize how important rehearsal attendance is. We learn important information and skills each and every week. Thank you for showing your commitment to your orchestra by prioritizing our limited time together and attending our rehearsals.

Looking ahead, we are very excited to start one final set of projects with you in preparation for our May 21 performance. Again, we have selected inspiring and rewarding repertoire for you to experience:

Prokofiev:  Selections from Cinderella Suite No. 1 (Introduction, “Cinderella’s Waltz,” “Midnight”)

Hanson:  Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” (mvt. 3)

We will also offer a world-premiere performance of Met Senior violinist Caleb Endres’ composition for our orchestra as a part of the John Downey Creation Project, and our Concerto Competition winner Magdalena Masur performing Bruch’s amazing Violin Concerto in G Minor (mvt. 1).

We will distribute the parts at our next rehearsal on Monday, March 7 (no rehearsal tonight), but you might check out the links provided above to get excited about this new music!

Have a great week. Again, our congratulations: we are very proud of you!

Mr. John Emanuelson (johnemanuelson@myso.org)
Mr. Jonathan Winkle (winkle@uwm.edu)

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