A twitter friend tweeted me yesterday, asking how the performance went on Sunday so I thought I should do a quick self-review for anyone that is interested.
I had an absolutely wonderful time performing the Lukas Foss Capriccio! I was hoping to have at least a little time to warm up on the cello and to play a couple of sections slowly since I hadn't had any time to play it on Saturday. But that didn't really happen. In spite of that, however, the performance went very smoothly, with only one slightly significant blip where I started a difficult passage on the wrong string. I always expect mistakes, though, so I think I got through it pretty smoothly.
Most important is that I did have fun and I was delighted to be able to share the piece with everyone. I also thought it fit well into the "evocative cello" theme since to me the piece conjures up images of a cowboy on his trusty horse. Although I don't typically use props in my performances, we did decide to use a few in this situation, especially since there were lots of kids in the audience. I had purchased a Sesame-Street-like cowgirl puppet at the local store and I put her on my scroll at the top of the cello, for the performance. The pianist, Martin, wore a big black cowboy hat and cowboy-style tie, up to the stage. It brought a few laughs and smiles which to me, is precious.
But I'm relieved, I must admit. I don't recommend learning pieces at the last minute like this but every once in a while I figure it's good to test my practice methods! So test done...now on to the next project.