Only two weeks until the International Women's Brass Conference! I am so excited to attend this great event. I'll be performing in recital, soloing with the Athena Brass Band, and playing with the Monarch Brass Ensemble. This conference is not just for women, but it does feature many outstanding female musicians. I wrote about my experience at the 2012 IWBC here.
I'm doing the Howard Snell arrangement of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) with the Athena Brass Band. Here's what I'll be playing for my recital:
Concertino for Horn and Bassoon, op. 43, Mvmt 1 by Ignaz Lachner
with Rebecca McLaughlin, horn
Rangitoto by Goff Richards
El Alacrán by David Cutler
with Sidonie Wade, cajón and maracas
As you can see, I'm being joined by some fabulous colleagues from the Field Band and The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." It has been so great to collaborate with them—way more fun that just prepping the standard euph+piano rep.
We recently performed both the Lachner and Cutler on an Army Field Band chamber show. It was a good opportunity to try out the program, and when you go to the trouble to put together fun music, it's always nice to play it more than once.
Brendan happened to be out of town that weekend. It wasn't my first time to have the baby by myself for a few days, but it was the first time I'd done so while trying to get ready for a performance. One way to appreciate your spouse and all they do is to have them disappear for a few days. Luckily, I have amazing friends. I showed up to the gig with baby and euphonium, and Tía Erika kept him happy during the show. Here he is sleeping through the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. Impressive, no?
Bo is my number one fan, but he's still not so sure about the euphonium. Onward to IWBC!