To the January 2007 incarnation of the Oregon East Symphony-
Just a very quick shout out to everyone who played in the last OES concert, from the lifers to the new faces….
It was a tough week, a tough schedule, a tough program, lousy weather, cold building, over-worked staff, over-worked musicians, bad piano. Nobody would have blamed you if things had been a bit half-assed at the concert.
GREAT WORK. I’m still smiling when I think about it. I’m glad I didn’t tell you just how hard Beethoven 6 really is, but I can tell you now that it is just about the hardest piece in the repertoire, and you all captured what was hardest about it (the notes are just very difficult, but the music is nearly impossible). Well done.
I hope the town appreciates you all as much as I do. I’ve certainly heard from the audience at that concert that they do.