I had a better time than I thought I would in Columbus, Ohio last week. I played with the Columbus Symphony for an all Shostakovich program, and with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra for a different set of concerts. It was a lot of fun, though a ton of work. I thought I would be completely exhausted and unable to enjoy playing, and I was completely exhausted (one day I had three rehearsals plus a concert)…but I seemed to be able to always find energy to a) play Shostakovich Symphony no. 10/Mozart Symphony no. 25 and b) hang out with friends. Weird how that works!
I’ve been busy since I got back as well. I’m playing with the Quincy Symphony this week, in addition to teaching and preparing for our upcoming quartet concert (Mozart d minor quartet, Villa Lobos no. 5, and Piazzolla’s Four for Tango).
Being busy is great–it makes me feel alive! I am not that busy here generally, but I have lived a busy lifestyle before (in Cleveland, for several ridiculously busy years.) I am hoping I will just continue to be more busy the longer I live here. A colleague suggested it takes seven years to really become a successful freelancer in a city. I’m only 1 1/2 years in, so I suppose I need to be patient. (Patience is not my strong suit, except while teaching others…)
My friend had a DMA recital tonight–I wish I had been able to be there, but she lives in Arizona, which is a bit far to travel. I hope she did well!