This past weekend was an eventful one for percussionists in WV. Casey and his students headed off to the WV Day of Percussion held Shepherdstown. There were solo competitions and performances by a variety of colleges in the state. Concord performed well, which is great! Casey was enthusiastic about how his students played, and that's always a good thing. :)
Also held this weekend was the Marshall Day of Percussion at Marshall University in Hungtington, WV. I was super stoked that Steve Hall, professor of percussion at MU, invited Matt to hold a class and perform during his weekend's events. How cool! Steve graciously hosted Turning Point in October, so I am very excited that Matt was able to bring his brain back to WV to talk about music stuff.
Despite these great events, my weekend was spent at home, preparing for the present week. I have two remaining recital hearings, and full run-throughs of 4 recitals tomorrow!! Eek. But, I am prepared. And, since I stayed home this weekend I am mentally calm for the storm of activity that will be the next two days. (It's a good thing I stayed home, as Casey came home to a VERY clean house that had been rearranged for better feng shui.) We sensitive types like our quiet, alone time and friendly feng shui; both are very important.
This weekend I'm excited to play with violinist Darwyn Apple in Beckley, WV, and to attend a piano recital up there. The performer is preparing for her final DMA recital. Nothing like listening to some really good piano playing, especially after listening to myself practice all the time. Oy.
Anyway, Darwyn and I are performing Liebesfreud by Kreisler and "Gamin'", which is the last movement of William Grant Still's Suite for violin and piano. I'm excited to play both of these pieces. Besides, the Still could work as an adaptation for Balletik Duo! Gotta love the crossover.