The unassuming confidence in the sound of seasoned orchestral musicians warming up onstage.
Being happy to discover firsthand that all that drama that happens in school about seatings, orchestra, chamber music, etc doesn't matter AT ALL in the professional world.
The daily lunch gatherings in the women's locker room during our 25-minute orchestra breaks. Eating, talking, listening for the "Ladies and gentlemen, five minutes, five minutes until we resume rehearsal." And laughing.
So much laughing.
Laughing so hard our sides hurt and tears fall and someone threatens to fall off the bench in the locker room.
|A good-natured laugh|
Laughing while listening to one of our trio members imitate a dog on the downtown streets of Chicago.
Laughing and joking over one of many meals shared in good company.
This is just a sample of all the memories that I will cherish from these past two months. I can't say enough great things about everyone I've had the privilege of working with.
The Grant Park staff, orchestral musicians, and my beloved Onyx members- all are not only amazing at what they do, but they are also wonderful people and many have become my friends.
I'm looking forward to seeing what the next stop in my journey brings- that next stop being... Banff! I'm honored to announce that a few days ago I received a message asking if I was available to join the orchestra program for a few weeks. I'm so thankful for everyone who has made this work and who is supporting me, and I'm really excited for the next few weeks.
But for now, as I think of the smiles, the sounds, and the love, I'm so excited and grateful to take the stage one last time at Grant Park tomorrow (Wednesday) night. Shostakovich 5 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1- come on out if you're in the area!
EDIT: Will be playing principal for Britten's opera Owen Wingrave at Banff!