An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. ~Mahatma Gandhi
After five concerts in a row, today the Young Virtuosi musicians have a day off. The final Gala Concert is Saturday evening at the Medieval church in the village of Castelreng in the south of France. After that, the Festival Musique de la Vallee du Cougain will come to an end for 2013. It’s been a gruelling schedule with a totally different selection of pieces for each concert, no repeats and every one of the 12 musicians taking part as either soloists or members of trios, quartets and quintets. So what do musicians do on a day off? They practice, of course. Unlike most business meetings I attend where the participants rush in, usually from another meeting, check their smartphones for messages, then “wing it”, musicians are different. They come to concerts and performances prepared, and then they do after concert breakdowns to learn what went well and what needs improving. Certainly not what happens after most business meetings. It’s usually off to another meeting, a quick phone call while walking down the hall, then into another meeting room to wing it.
To go fast, one must first go slow. ~Confucius
The entire community, and the musicians, are all looking forward to tomorrow evening’s Gala Concert. Come join us! Another little taster from last evening’s concert: Shostakovich’s duo for two violins, 4th movement.
Tight Lines . . .