Is it just me, or does mid-November to New Years seem to fly by in a flash? It’s my favorite time of year and I find myself willing time to slow down. I feel like this season is also one of the busiest for musicians — holiday pops, Nutcracker, church performances. It’s usually a great time to be playing an instrument, but it also requires a lot of time…time that is passing too quickly as it is.
All this build-up to say: I’ve been spending a lot of time with my horn lately. Between work and holiday prep, I haven’t had much time for anything beyond our gigs. And I’m not complaining — Utah has provided us with WAY more playing opportunities than Virginia ever did. And I’m enjoying the time back in the saddle and sitting next to Joe.
Last weekend we joined Utah State’s orchestra in a very cool performance of Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire. Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia, to the point that he saw different colors for each musical note. In Prometheus’ score, he included a part for color organ. Within the last few years, a musicologist named Anna Gawboy (who at the time was finishing up her degree at Yale) unraveled Scriabin’s notations and worked with lighting designers to honor the score. The result is incredible. For the performance, the orchestra sits in darkness while the lights bounce, flash and shine around them. It’s really something else and I was really proud to be one of the eight (!) horns for the performance.
Many of my family and friends were able to watch the concert live, but here’s an awesome video of the first performance with commentary by Anna, who happens to be an OU grad. #boomer (There’s also a former CCMer playing horn. #Martha)
Since that performance we’ve been in the pit every night for The Nutcracker…and then after that, Christmas Pops. ‘Tis the season!
Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving!