Ahh . . . . we made it. No major mishaps or embarassing moments and the dreaded pick stayed in my overly tight grasp. Phew!!!!
We started the program with an old favorite "Klezmer a la Bechet" by David Krakauer, then launched into a preview of our new commission by Kenji Bunch. The audience loved the beautiful melodic content and the interesting combinations of sounds that Kenji crafted for us.
We then moved "down under" to piece for viola and dumbek. Yousif really gets to shine in this piece!!
My big and fiercely difficult piece followed. "Thracian Sketches" by Derek Bermel. Except for a tendency to get a little too fast (there's a steady and slow accelerando from beginning to end) which leads to the potential to fall off the fingerboard. . . . it went really well. Another big phew!!
Then we finished with a really fund a rambunctious piece by Giovanni Sollima "Lamentatio". It's cool.
We made it!!!!