Wow, this week was so eventful. For those of you who don't know, this past week I had the privelege of going to New York to play at Carnegie Hall. For the musically unknowlegable, that's a really big deal! We left Wednesday but our plane was delayed several hours. So Jennifer, Harrison, Jamie, and I played Uno for like 2 hours. In those 2 hours we only finished like one and a half games though. After that we finally boarded the plane and left. I hate flying, I really do. Thankfully, it was a short flight. We arrived sometime around 1:30 in the morning and didn't get in til about 2:30. Of course we still had to be up and awake at 7:00 the next morning for rehersal. It was o.k. though. The subway/Train station (Grand Central I believe) was right under the hotel (the Grand Hyatt) so we had plenty of places to get good breakfast. We had to walk several blocks to this Jewish place for rehersal in the mornings, but it was ok. WE went to Chinatown and Little Italy later that day. Chinatown wasn't anything too great. There was one decent store i got some stuff at but the rest was just junk. We didn't get to spend much time in Little Italy but I liked it better. My roommates were cool. There was Andrew, Jamie, and this kid i didn't know named John. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. Jamie took Bryan's playstation 2 on the trip so wewatched movies and Family Guy at night. Male bonding time is fun... but wierd at times. The next morning was the same, and so was rehersal. In the afternoon we went to the metropolitan art museum i think that's what it was called. It was really interesting, it reminded me of all the stuff I learnedin Dr. Lynch's class. It was so big though I didn't get to alot of it. One cool thing was an entire section dedicated to musical instruments. They had like really old oboes and stuff. Ok, I'm a nerd. Bite me. Then we went to see Phantomof the Opera on Broadway. Even thoughI had the literal worst seat in the house, it was amazing! I had the seat in the top back corner of the balcony, but wow. It was like the movie, but miles better. Ok, I'll skip to the good stuff.
Carnegie Hall. WOW! I got so nervous when I first walked on stage during the dress rehersal. I got better though. The hall was so pretty, and the sound was so amazing. I've accomplished one of the things I wanted to do before I die. The dress rehersal went pretty well. Afterwards we waited back stage for about 2 hours. It was fun because it was just so relaxed. We played Uno and just goofed around with Jamie and Jennfier's cameras. The actual performance was the best I think I've ever played. It was just so much fun. I didn't worry or anything. It was just fun. It felt so good to play a solo in Carnegie Hall in front of hundreds of people. Wow, it gave me so much confidence for the rest of the performance. Festive Overture went very well. Ives went pretty well, Harrison missed an entrance which was kinda comical in the face of tension. The Mozart was ok, I dont really like my part for it but overall it went well. Fugal conerto was amazing. The soloists were great. At first I got worried because it started to snowball tempo-wise but it got under control. Pageant was just great. I knowalot of the performers didn't really care for that song but I liked it alot and we played it well.
After the concert we went on a cruise of New York harbor or whatever. It was pretty good. We got some bonding between the MAYWE kids. It was kind of odd considering we'd been playing together for 6 months but we never really got to know eachother until this week. I like making new friends. It makes things interesting. The rest of the trip was kinda uneventful but yeah, I'm back. I missed you alot Sam!
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