Saturday, November 6, 2004

Jenni's Symphony Concert

I have been playing with a chamber orchestra called the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for the past 6 months or so. I have played with countless number of groups before, but this is the first group I've played with that was semi-professional and I have to say - we sound pretty good. :)

This past weekend we had a special concert with the Sapporo Philharmonic from Tokyo. So our little "chamber" orchestra was temporarily supersized to a full sized symphony-orchestra (and then some).

Above: A view from the audience's perspective during a dress rehearsal

The 4 hour nightly rehearsals leading up to the concert were grueling, but it paid off in the end. Our sold-out concert was held at the Governor's Hotel in downtown Portland. It was rated as the #1 concert of the weekend in the Oregonian, even higher than the Oregon Symphony.

Above: Jenni at the back of the 1st Violin section

Will's parents flew all the way from Idaho to attend the concert. They brought me a bouquet of roses before the performance. That was really sweet of them.

We performed some American orchestral standards, including Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Hoedown", as well as a few Classical favorites such as "Scheherazade" by Rimsky-Korsakov.

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