Friday, September 26, 2014
Maestro Muti's Visit
Maestro Riccardo Muti came to our rehearsal on Wednesday, September 24! He helped us rehearse "Tod und Verklärung" by Richard Strauss, a piece we will perform at our concert on Sunday, September 28.
The mood of the orchestra was "excited", "thrilled", and "happy". We all tried to play our best! Maestro Muti set us at our ease immediately by his little jokes and huge charm! He was quite tough with us, though, asking us to repeat, repeat, repeat certain phrases until they were just right! It was like watching a potter shape a lump of clay into a beautiful object. In fact, he, himself, stated that conducting an orchestra was like sculpting a flower. As he spoke and showed with his hands the beautiful flower, we all knew what he meant.
What a fantastic evening! It's one we will never forget! Many thanks to our conductor, Jay Friedman, a colleague of Muti's, for arranging this great event!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Maestro Muti Returns!
Riccardo Muti, the esteemed conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will come to our rehearsal on Wednesday, September 24. He will take us through "Death and Transfiguration" by Richard Strauss, which is to be played at our concert on September 28.
Last year, he worked with us at a rehearsal of "Les Préludes". It was magical to watch his hands and face as he communicated all of the musical directions without speaking! After the run-through, he asked us to play small sections of the music. He made suggestions on how to play it better. Meanwhile, he had us all smiling and laughing with his charming ways! So, not only did the orchestra learn a lot from the maestro, we enjoyed every minute.
I'll report tomorrow on how things went!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
TEACHER AND STUDENT!
A teacher and his student have re-united in the orchestra! Don Schmalz, a long-time player and former concertmaster of the orchestra, was Margaret Fiorito's first teacher! She was in elementary school at the time. And now they both play for the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest! Don has a number of students who have become professional players.