Thoughts on Performing Three Recitals in One Week

My recent recital tour went very well, with enthusiastic and engaged audiences at all three venues. Sincere thanks again to my hosts at the University of Arkansas (Dr. Timothy Thompson) and Mississippi State University (Dr. Matthew Haislip). Although the change in my normal routine combined with lots of driving was a bit tiring, the tour was a great experience, and something that I would happily do again. On the horn playing side, performing the same program three times in one week was not as grueling as it might seem, and my preparation was more or less the same as for any other solo performance. However, I made sure to build in a rest day in between each of the performances. On those days I warmed up for about half an hour, but otherwise did very little playing. I would also add that this recital was a bit shorter than what I might program for a one-off performance, just to provide a little extra cushion in case of fatigue. Things sounded and felt pretty good on all three nights, although I definitely noticed a cumulative effect by the final recital. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to dig deep into each work and take some chances that I might not normally take if I were only performing them once.

If you would like to listen to one of our performances, here are videos from our recital at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Enjoy!

Nocturno, Op. 73 by Bernhard Eduard Müller

Sonata for Horn and Piano, by Gina Gillie

Romanza for Horn and Piano by Jan Koetsier

Reflections for Horn and Piano, by Paul Basler

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