New Session with Orchestra Toronto

Last night Orchestra Toronto started its next session.  On the program are the following:

Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings
Jean Coulthard – Canada Mosaic, suite for orchestra
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Concerto for guitar and small orchestra
Astor Piazzolla – Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires
John Williams – Schindler’s List
Howard Shore – Symphonic Suite from The Lord of the Rings
Leonard Bernstein – Selections from West Side Story

There’s not much for tuba.  The full Canada Mosaic suite has some tuba, but we’re only playing 4 movements out of 7, with a sum total of 4 notes for tuba — well, that’s if you count that I play 4 low F’s in a row.  Generally, a nice piece though.

The “selections” from West Side Story is a best-of/medley arrangement for full orchestra.  Nothing like the Symphonic Dances arranged by Bernstein himself.  I’ve got some stuff to play in this, but nothing terribly interesting (oom-pa-pa lines mostly).  Trombones are having fun though.

The meat of the this concert for me will be the Lord of the Rings suite.  Fun stuff.  Even a bar soli with bassoons.  So the trombones and I will meet next week at 6:30 and work on the LOTR.  Which is good because we’ve got a new bass trombonist – again.  Am I scaring them away or something???  This guy seems nice, and for a first run, I liked him.  Big bell on his horn too.  I’m looking forward to hearing that at full power.

I think I’m going to play my Eb for this concert — not counting the four low F’s in the Coulthard, there’s nothing taxing for Eb.  There’s a chance that the LOTR will sound better on C – and it just happens that I brought my C yesterday by accident.  Fully intended on the Eb.  Oops.

And I learned something new — Howard Shore is Canadian.  From Toronto.  Nifty!  Good music and “canadian content”.


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