Concert this Weekend

Orchestra Toronto’s fourth concert of the season is going on this Sunday afternoon at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  We had our dress rehearsal last night and it seemed to be a bit of a shambles.  The rehearsal order and timing was sorta out the window with extra time being spent on the pieces with the soloist, who we only ever schedule for the dress rehearsal.  Which I suppose is usual, but two rehearsals would be great – let us all get used to each other.  In any case, I’m not in the pieces for soloist.

I felt good with the Eb last night.  It’s going to sound great.  There are only two pieces of interest to me – the West Side Story ‘medley’.  Cute and compact.  Hardly like the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.  But still.  And there’s the suite from Lord of the Rings.  Nice music (dark, sweeping, heroic) and a few interesting tidbits in it for tuba.

I’m looking forward to the final concert, which includes Pictures at an Exhibition and parts of the Firebird suite.  Both I’ve played before with other orchestras, so it’ll be nice to hear them with Orchestra Toronto.  I wonder who will be our bass trombonist.


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