Had a wonderful performance at a nursing home today, played for about 45 minutes and met some wonderful people :)
I had real difficulty preparing the Spohr Grand Duo with its constant chords, double-stop trills, crazy extensions and frightening string crossings this past week. (What kind of cruel composer writes these elements into viola parts?!?!) When the performance came, however, it became clear that the only way this piece would really work is by forgetting the technical challenges all together and by being present during every beautiful character change or harmony development. Being a musician is so gratifying because your chops are constantly being put to the test, and you're always trying to be the best player you can be. What ultimately matters is allowing the music itself to transport your soul away from the present and into a state of sublimity. P.S. Link to the performance is in my bio!
Madiba Jive and Breathless!
Nelson Mandela received an honorary doctorate from the NUI in Galway on 20 June 2003. That evening he got to perform his trademark “Madiba Jive” to a lively rendition of “Joy of Life” by The Corrs during a fundraising dinner at the Radisson Hotel! The next day both Mandela and the four kids from Dundalk appeared at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics at Croke Park in Dublin🎶💕🙏🏽 One of the gentlemen dancing with Madiba is Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected president of South Africa! [Clips from https://youtu.be/-lHtGbWUjjU and https://youtu.be/YGP9Dk4Qzvw]
“Just meeting him was extraordinary,” recalls Caroline. “I think he took joy out of everything. Actually, he had knowledge of our music and he said how much he enjoyed it. He talked a lot about friendship and kindness.”
“He is truly the most inspiring man to me and I feel beyond lucky and honoured to have been in his presence. It was very moving to sing for him . . . But absolutely joyous at the same time.” “He danced to our music!,” Andrea says, referring to the famous occasion in Galway in June 2003 when Mandela stood up and bopped to The Corrs performing onstage. “We very probably played the jig The Joy Of Life. Now that’s when a tune finds its perfect moment! He had such humour in his eyes, joy, as I have said, and love.” —Barry Egan, Sunday Independent •
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This piece is sooo special and I’ve always wanted to learn it so I’m pretty pumped 💪🏻 I’m so happy to be practicing solo rep again! It’s a much needed break from months of mostly orchestra excerpts. I finally have spent a couple days trying to get the first movement of the Franck sonata figured out...and there’s definitely more work to do, but I’m loving practicing this piece so I thought I’d share a clip 😊.