Since Convocation and my crazy rash of gigs ended, I have been relaxing 'n stuff! Pretty much every day I go to the U of T music school to practice. For the past while the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute has been going on in there, so the practice rooms were open (and exciting people like lutists and baroque oboists were populating them!) Now that's ended so I'm back to finding someone to open the hallway for me, or if it's fairly busy just banging on the door. On one hand, I'm not really supposed to be in there. I'm not a U of T student. I'm not any kind of student (yee-haw!) On the other hand, music students from other schools would come visit at McGill all the time, and of course someone who needs a practice room and knows how to put it to good use would always be let in to our practice hallway. It's just a polite thing to do to offer comrades a practice room when they're traveling :P So, I don't feel too bad about imposing on U of T. Besides... It's June. It's not like the rooms are in high demand. The only irritating thing is that unlike McGill which has handy counter space and free-floating music stands, U of T just has pianos, so my practice space ends up looking like this:
If anyone from U of T is reading this, I promise I'm not spilling reed water all over your pianos! I'm very careful.
I'm working on my music from NAO, as well as the Nussio Variations on a Theme by Pergolesi as a personal project. It's a bit bizarre working on solo rep with no timeline for it, and not even a weekly check-in with a teacher to measure my progress on it. I have no idea when I'll get to play it... Nadina did mention something about her doing a masterclass or workshop at NAO, but I don't think the whole piece will be ready for a public performance by then, and I don't even know what kind of class it would be in the first place or if that would be a possible venue for my performing it. I'd like to put on some kind of recital some time before I leave for Thunder Bay, in a hospital or church or something, so I would need to chose some more music. I'd like to do some Bach, probably the flute partita in A minor. I really like Bernaud's Hallucinations as well. Anyway, that's all far away... In the next few days I just need to move to Hamilton!
Although it feels like longer since I'm not even moved out there yet, the first concert of the Brott Music Festival is actually in only slightly over a week! We're playing my favourite piece by Mozart-- the Requiem-- along with the Jupiter symphony and Beckett's An Offering of Songs. You can buy tickets here: http://www.brottmusic.com/2014/05/mozart-requiemthe-genius-of-amadeus/