The Newark Symphony Orchestra, whom I play with (violin), is having their first concert of the 2012-2013 season tomorrow. Yay! I've mentioned it before, but I am so blessed to be able to play with this group of fine musicians. I will be eternally grateful that my mom signed me up for violin lessons when I asked her for them at the age of seven years old (although I really wanted cello lessons, but oh well-- I guess it wasn't meant to be). Incredulously, I stuck with it, playing in my middle school, high school, and college orchestras. After college, I played in New York with the New School Orchestra (where Aaron Copland once taught, I believe) and then, after a hiatus, I picked my violin back up and begin playing with the Newark Symphony in January 2011. The music continues to stir my soul, and tomorrow's concert will be no different. The Dvorak Cello Concerto is particularly breathtaking. I wish you all could join us tomorrow.
On another note, I also dusted off my graphic design skills (do I have any?) to design the above flier for our concert. I used Adobe Illustrator to create the cello (I haven't used that program in ten years, but was able to knock the vector image out in 25 minutes!). I added the text in Photoshop Elements, which is a software program that I love.
Hope you're all having a beautiful weekend and doing things that stir your souls, too.