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Homecoming concert, VA success!

I was floored with how many people came to our concert last night. With it being a weeknight, we weren't really sure how many people would be able to come. In the end, we had about 60 guests come enjoy the evening of cello and piano music. Some traveled from across the Potomac to come, and perhaps most impressively, my younger sister (without my having to even ask her) drove up from Richmond right after work to make it to the concert to turn my pages, only to leave directly after, arriving back in Richmond by 1am to work the next day. Elaine, you are amazing. 

Mitch and I were nervous, excited, but most importantly had an incredible time playing the concert, and we were thrilled to play our favorite encore, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise. The piece was one that we always programmed to end our GCSF concerts, and it was great to continue that tradition last night. I am happy to go to bed with a full heart after seeing all of the support and appreciation from the audience and family members, and excited to go to Philadelphia for the next performance in Mitch's hometown!

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Special thanks to the Falls Church Episcopal (Terri and Julie), my dad for helping us move the beautiful Steinway across a very rickety cobblestone floor, my mom for organizing the reception and doing so much behind-the-scenes work, our donors , supporters, members of NTUAC-DC, and David Wei (photography above).

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DC/Philly Concerts, Part 1 is TOMORROW

Earlier this year, on a quick trip to New York, I met up with my friend/collaborator/GCSF partner/NOLA-project-co-leader, Mitch, who stayed in the city after our undergraduate years at Juilliard. Over breakfast eggs and toast, we shared bits and pieces of our current lives, 4 years after graduation, and somehow ended up deciding to play a recital together sometime over the summer! That "sometime over the summer" was ambiguous for awhile, but finally it's happening, and it's happening TOMORROW NIGHT! 

The past three days of rehearsals have been fun, inspiring, and just really cool. I realized now that I've performed something around 80 times with him, with our shared junior recital, the New Orleans ARTreach trip concerts, in chamber ensembles throughout our undergrad, and our Gluck Community Service Fellowship performances at homeless shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes throughout the NYC area. Even though it has been years since we've played together, it's amazing to play now with more experience and new perspectives, and looking forward to tomorrow's performance! See ya'll there! 

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Duo Poscol video project

Last summer, as student ambassadors traveling to Leipzig for an exchange program with musicians from their University of Music and Theatre, cellist Clare Monfredo and I decided that we ought to perform together more often. After performing in multiple chamber ensembles, including a Mozart piano quartet, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and Saariaho's Cendres, we finally branched out on our own to form Duo Poscol. Named entirely after our favorite Houston restaurant, my go-to place for charcuterie, we performed more chamber works with friends, but started to focus on the breadth of cello-piano repertoire out there. Through the course of the year, we learned and performed some standards, but were really excited about a video project to learn, perform, and record Rice University professor, Pierre Jalbert's Sonata for Cello and Piano. With the collaboration with our amazing videographer Brandon Martin, we think the video captures the variety of the music, the dialogue between the two instruments, very well. Let us know what you think!

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