This Friday night the Northwest Indiana Symphony has a great concert. Our featured piece is the Dvorak Cello Concerto, which is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, after the first time I played it in the orchestra I went out and bought the solo cello part to transcribe for the oboe – I was that much in love. As it turned out, the outer movements were a little too unidiomatic for me to tackle that year, but I did wind up performing the slow movement several times. This is a live performance, warts and all. Don’t judge me.
I’m really looking forward to playing it from within the orchestra again, and listening to our excellent soloist, Joshua Roman. I don’t know where I went wrong in life that I don’t play the cello.
As if that weren’t enough excitement for one week, we also have a South Bend Symphony concert on Sunday afternoon. The theme is J.S.Bach and Sons, and we are featuring the very demanding Orchestral Suite number 3 and Brandenburg 5. My favorite part of this concert is getting to hear my colleagues play – the Brandenburg Concerto features our marvelous principal flutist and principal second violinist, and because there are no oboes in that work I will be free to listen and enjoy.