The warm-up performance of my Mendelssohn/Moscheles piece was Monday night, and it went well. I now know better what to work on for the real premiere in TX on 2/21, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have gone through it. I am deeply fortunate to have colleagues like conductor Russell Guyver and pianist Lei Weng who are willing to make something like this happen, and I have to observe—yet again—that Universities are the sorts of places where this kind of thing can happen: atypical ensemble, colleagues who are willing to take risks on unfamiliar works (especially a recent discovery like this) and like nefarious schemes, and so on. It was a pleasure to walk among the students who were warming up in the corridors backstage. All seriousness: cello here, oboe there, violins all over. I’ve often thought that a documentary on the doings in a school of music over the course of a term would make for really compelling viewing.
Now for the morning-after critics. Google Alerts informed me of two student bloggers who liked what they heard. In all their marginally literate glory, they are to be found here and here. One of them may be using the blog to practice her English, which is a fun task to set oneself. It’s nice that these are students who would not necessarily be going to such concerts, so these are not music blogs.