Thanks so much to everyone who participated and enjoyed French Horn Week last week! I’ve received a lot of great feedback and I appreciate everyone who liked or shared or commented on what I put together for you.
I’d especially like to thank Erin, Adam, Julia and Gene, Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s fabulous horn section! (Applause – Applause!)
Sure I’ve seen and heard them all perform, but prior to starting this adventure, I’d only ever met Adam and even then, only a couple of months earlier for a short while at a festival.
Yet, though we were strangers, all four of them were kind enough to welcome me into their homes, meet with me over skype when distance got in the way, introduce me to their families, donate a couple of hours (at least!) of their time to help me put all this together. They answered my myriad questions, (trust me – I had a lot!) helped clarify details and listened to follow up questions from a former clarinet player who hadn’t even played her instrument since the 90s yet who still attempted to sound semi-intelligent while talking to them!
They did all that – outside their hours of practicing, caring for their families, and spending times with friends just so I could attempt to introduce them to you.
I think that’s pretty cool!
I’m eternally grateful for their generosity. I hope they like what I did and I sure hope I did them justice because, like the other CSO musicians, these players are really good. They’re not just pretty faces with a subtle hint of talent, who happened upon a really good marketing rep like a lot of “singers” you hear on most radio stations these days. No.
They are legitimately good and serious musicians and their playing is their marketing. They have dedicated their lives to playing great music in order to grant the rest of us a pleasant escape for a couple hours on the weekend.
I think that’s pretty worthy of our appreciation, don’t you? :-)
Thanks again, horn players! I hate it that I’m going to be out of state for the Mahler 2nd this Friday, so I hope you guys let me know how it goes. I’ll see you the next weekend for the Rachmaninoff!
And to all my readers – this is only the beginning. I’m already working on Bassoon Week (seriously – sharks have nothing on this!) and look forward to talking with our new concertmaster and hopefully some more brass players because there’s just got to be a brass quartet or quintet playing somewhere around the holidays in this town, right?
If you’re a musician and would like to be next up for “(Insert instrument name here) Week”, please shoot me an Email. I can be reached at giocosity (at) gmail (dot) com! THANK YOU!
P.S. I wrote a letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch last Monday about the treasure that is our symphony and it ran on Friday! Check it out!