Friday, August 2, 2013

WYSO, Week 3

The third week, WYSO was supposed to be led by Andrew Grams. However, he had a family emergency that forced him to cancel. The orchestra was once again led by Jung-Ho Pak, who graciously agreed to conduct.

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
The only piece on the program for the week was Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

It was a rather hefty piece... the string parts were about thirty pages each, and the full stack of orchestral parts measured just under a foot tall. Additionally, there were close to one hundred pages of errata for me to complete (errata sheets list errors in the parts/score and how to correct them). Preparing the piece was a huge undertaking, but it was so incredibly worth it.

It was a great fit for the musicians and they did a wonderful job with it. As Maestro Pak said to the orchestra, "Rachmaninoff was an innocent. He was a romantic and naive and you guys are totally buying into it because you're innocent and there's not a jaded bone in your body."

It was a great learning experience for the orchestra as well. Maestro Pak encouraged imagination and daring in their playing, and reminded the orchestra to have all of the pieces in place -- "just plain beautiful is not enough."

I learned a lot just from observing rehearsals that week. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful conductors and young musicians here, as I'm learning so much from all of them.

All of their hard work paid off, as the performance was amazing and actually brought tears to many eyes.

Now, it's on to the much-anticipated performance of Shostakovich 5!
Jung-Ho Pak leading the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

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