In celebration of #franzliszt
‘s birthday, here’s Part IV (Finale) of The Totentanz Story!
• Two weeks before the concert, I found out that the violinist I’d been working that year could ONLY play her recital on May 14th-the same day as mine. We had to play the Bloch concerto, and 2 hours later, I was supposed to perform Mozart’s K333 sonata, followed by Schubert’s “Wanderer” fantasy and Liszt’s “Totentanz”. Lol. At that point, there was nothing either of us could do, so we said f@ck
it and we did it.
• It was around the same time I was told that NO ONE had ever brought an entire orchestra together for a student recital at the RCM. #nopressure
😬 The night before, I broke down and cried at the dress rehearsal because I was SO sleep deprived, I couldn’t play the whole concerto through. It was that day that I hear the phrase “bad dress rehearsal, great concert” for the first time. :)
And that’s what happened. Playing that concert was one of the wildest experiences in my life. Just walking in I could see all of my friends from the orchestra smiling and excited and my exhaustion disappeared in a second. The performance was far from perfect, but looking back at that time now, I don’t know how I did all of it.
• To my surprise, both of my sponsor families were there. They travel so much, I couldn’t believe they’d found the time to come hear me play. It was such an emotional experience for both of us.
• Sam and the whole orchestra and I went to a pub to celebrate after. I decided the least I owed them was a round of shots. In a blur, I remember the horn player asking me “are you sure you wanna do this??”, I said yes, and that, kids, is when I found out how expensive alcohol is in North America. ~The End~
If you like what you hear - tune in for my upcoming project, presenting rarely performed works & a secret world premiere!! Head to the link in my bio and donate to my fundraiser 😌🙏🏼