We are officially three weeks away from my benefit concert scheduled for March 22nd to raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer's Association. By now, assuming you have read my "save the date" post, you have hopefully added the information for the concert to your calendar. So, what if you live out of the state or you realized you are unfortunately busy the night of the event?
A NOTE ABOUT DONATIONS:
Donations will also be collected at the door before the event and during intermission. You will be issued a receipt for all donations to the Alzheimer's Association. If you decide to donate online, please visit the "Will Call" table when arriving for the concert.
Help me SPREAD THE WORD!
To reach my goal of raising $10,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, I need your help in promoting the event. I've included the link to a downloadable PDF version of my poster for the concert. Please feel free to forward the PDF along in an email to friends and family, post the link to your social media pages, or print out a few copies of the poster and hang them around town!
I have a few interviews lined up with local news outlets (stay tuned for more info!) but the best source of advertising for this event will be among my close friends, family, and dedicated supporters.
With Wesley in Georgia and Lauren in Maryland, it has obviously been difficult for my trio, Lineage Percussion, to rehearse for this concert. Due to the inherent time-delay of online video chatting services like "Skype" and "FaceTime" we cannot host live virtual rehearsals. However, after coming back together in Atlanta this past December to perform the world premiere of a new marimba trio, we found that it was still extraordinarily easy to play together! Therefore, in the meantime, all three of us are focusing on mastering our individual parts.
NO one To kNOW one
Although scored for a total of eight musicians, the three percussion parts in this chamber piece by Andy Akiho are the glue that holds the ensemble together. However, to complicate things further, Wesley and Lauren do not fly into Arizona until three days before the concert date! This means that we will only have one rehearsal with the full ensemble before the concert.
To compensate for the tight schedule, the three of us have been sending practice videos back and forth to help determine our ensemble phrasing and dynamic contrast for each section, and, quite frankly, to hold each other accountable for perfecting our own individual parts.
...if only for a moment
This beautiful percussion trio, by Neil Rao, was composed for our trio last year and was the winner of our 2016 Call for Scores in partnership with New Sound Publications. We premiered the work back in April of 2016 and had the pleasure of performing it at the University of Notre Dame at the 2017 National Fischoff Competition. Although this work is not new to our ensemble, the unique breath and long pauses between sections within the piece might potentially be a challenge to renegotiate as an ensemble. Check out the video below from our world premiere of the piece. The general mood and pacing of the piece will fit in perfectly with the rest of the repertoire on the program.