UW Weeks- pre first rehearsal thoughts

In about 2 hours, I’m going to start rehearsals for my concert next week with the UW-Madison Symphony.

There are gigs, and then there are gigs- this is really a gig of gigs  for me. I’m a Madison native and a faculty brat (my dad is still teaching from the same office in the Chemistry building he moved into the year before I was born), and as it happens, not only did I more or less grow up going to UW Sym concerts, it was probably the first orchestra I heard in concert.  I couldn’t begin to count how many concerts I went to hear, how many I played in, or how many pieces I heard for the first time as a kid on that stage.

I guess I don’t have much more to say than that- it just seems like a moment that should be treasured. I intend to enjoy every minute of it.

If you’d told a six year old Ken that one day I’d be conducting that very orchestra (or the same orchestra with 100% different personnel!) in a concert of Elgar and Mahler, you can only imagine what I’d have said….

“Who the hell is Elgar?”

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

Learn about Kenneth at www.kennethwoods.net

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