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the real first day

Sergei Rachmaninoff

I know that the official opening of the Oregon Symphony’s season began on September 1st, but really, in the hearts of most of us on stage, the real opening of the season is when we begin rehearsals for the first classical series program of the year. That starts today. Most of today’s two rehearsals will be spent on the great Symphony No. 2 of Rachmaninoff, which will be interesting because it used to be the ‘signature’ piece of the ensemble under James DePriest. We’ve got a brand new set of clean parts for this performance, sans cuts, so it definitely will be a different performance with Carlos than what we would have given under Jimmy’s baton.

More after the rehearsals…

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