In recent days I’ve seen oboist Phil Ross, percussionist Will James, violinists Wendy Plank Rosen, Kristin Ahlstrom and Jessica Cheng, double bassist Chris Carson, English horn player Cally Banham, and I’ve engaged in email conversations with violists Beth Guterman Chu and Jonathan Chu, clarinet player Scott Andrews, horn player Thomas Jöstlein, violinist Erin Schreiber, and concertmaster David Halen. This means the summer festivals are over and the musicians are beginning to return home to St. Louis–a delightful harbinger of the new season. When they all get together next week for rehearsals they’ll look something like this:
Beth Guterman Chu and Jonathan Chu are the solo artists for Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante this weekend. They had their first rehearsal with the orchestra and guest conductor Hannu Lintu Wednesday morning. They’re not doing the Miles Davis back-to-the-audience thing for the concerts. Some soloists prefer to turn and play to the orchestra in rehearsal, especially vocalists–Susan Graham and Christine Brewer are notable examples. Beth and Jonathan told me they’ve had a wonderful time working on the piece together. Put the kids to bed and then practice.