Understandably, he was taken aback for a moment. I was mortified.
To clarify, no, I haven't started offering 'services'. Last week I did my first gig as Concert Assistant for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong! My role is to make sure any international guest performers that the CCOHK are hosting feel happy, comfortable and ready for the performance. This includes picking them up from the hotel, making sure any food items and other requirements for their dressing rooms are fulfilled, presenting them with flowers after the performance, as well as running the autograph and photo sessions afterward.
I'm not going to lie - I haven't listened to a lot of classical music since I finished my IB music exam a little over 3 years ago, but I've always had a deep appreciation for the genre, romantic era especially. The moment the orchestra started rehearsing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E-minor Op. 64 , I felt a part of me that I'd forgotten about come back to life. I'm so happy that I have the opportunity to meet and work with such talented people; guest performers and conductors, and our very own musicians alike. I feel so at home in the role - it feeds my love of meeting new people, related to stage managing and I get to be involved with orchestral performances, something I haven't been able to work on in the past 3 years.
The programme included:
Webern's Langsamer Satz
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
Brahms' Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16
Troussov's impeccable skill, on the beautiful, unique Stradivari Brodsky no less, blew me away. The Brodsky was crafted in 1702 - 316 years ago - by Antonio Stradivari during his 'golden years' and continues to grace audiences around the world with its gorgeous sound in Troussov's hands today. For those who have no idea what I'm on about, Antonio Stradivari is regarded by most as the greatest violin maker in history. To quote Troussov on his interview with Livia Lin for RTHK, "This violin has an incredible timbre of tone and it’s quite dark. [...] It’s just like singing. [...] this violin just sounds very equal on all the strings and especially the middle register is just fantastic. For violinists who are listening now, the up part and the down part of the violin are all in one piece so this is pretty rare."
So yes, blown away.
Overall, the concert was brilliant and I adore this new role. I'm super excited to be working with five-time Grammy® Award winning a capella group, The Swingles tomorrow and the day after (Oct 5th & 6th 2018)! You can buy tickets here. 100 points if you catch me during the flower ceremony on stage and @ me on Instagram!
For those of you who are wondering, after his initial reaction to my frazzled introduction everything was fine! I managed to calm myself down because I'd already 'messed up'. We had great conversations about international cuisine, his time in Hong Kong and the road tax during our taxi rides together. Fun fact: I dropped him off at Din Tai Fung in Causeway Bay for dinner after rehearsal on Thursday. I recommended he tried xiao long bao - he loved it so much he went back for lunch the next day!
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