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16 January 2015

Cue of the Week: “Alone in the City”

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Another melancholy cue this week (no reflection of my personal mood), again in an orchestral vein but from a different film. For the opening passage I channeled my inner Kenny G and wrote a soprano sax solo.

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Alone in the City

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  1. First, we LOVE inside the cliscass concerts. We have come the past 2 years to all the Thursday concerts. We come on Saturday nights too (6 concerts/season) but inside the cliscass are BY FAR our favorite. We would come to ALL inside the cliscass if we had the choice. As someone who doesn’t know a lot about orchestra music, I enjoy the music much more after I’ve been briefed about it in the first half. Sam and Sarah, you guys also are very good public speakers and do a great job facilitating.Second, unlike other posters, I (and my husband too) did NOT like the video screen. I found it very distracting. It took me away from experiencing the music as a whole. I was unable to look at the whole orchestra and try to take in what was happening as a whole because the screen kept vying for my attention.Thirdly, I enjoyed having Jay there as something different than usual. It was a fun change of pace and it was neat to meet a composer. For a 17 year old, he did great job up on stage communicating and answering questions. However, this was probably my least favorite concert of the past 2 years because it lacked some of the spunk and depth that are usually present (due partly to Sam in particular being an excellent public speaker).Fourthly, I really enjoy the music theory aspects of the concerts as well as when a particular musician gets to talk about what it’s like to prepare to play a piece of music or play his/her instrument.Fifthly, some questions I have about orchestras that I would enjoying hearing answers to are the following:How much time on average (I’m sure it varies a lot) does a musician have to spend to prepare for each concert?Does an orchestra score list how many of each instrument to use?Not every violin for instance plays in every piece, how are musicians paid? Are they paid per piece they play in? By some other method?What exactly does the concertmaster do (besides play the note at the beginning that everyone tunes to)?How competitive are the musicians within the MN orchestra? Are people constantly trying to move up in position in their section or is there more of a team mentality?That’s all for now. Thanks for all your hard work. We really enjoy these concerts. And please consider not using that big screen!Sincerely,Kerra

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