I play in a few groups and they tend to group their concerts together, four times pa. Thus, a week after the Opera Gala, I played with Maruki at Albert Hall. Now Maruki is just great for playing the repertoire. This is not a light-on orchestra. For proof, the program for Sunday was Handel Water Music, Holst St Paul's Suite, Dvorak violin concerto and Beethoven Symphony 6. Certainly not a lightweight program! The intonation wasn't perfect and there was a little uncertainty in one B6 movement, but overall it went well and we have certainly learnt something of these works. There is no substitute for playing them in concert. The preparation and performance is something special, drilling your part into your being, unlike any intense listening. This is a total body experience and an entry into a the mind of a genius. I liked them all for different reasons, but I'll especially remember the Beethoven for unexpected and tricky intervals (4ths when expecting 3rds) and more. A pleasure and an education.
Maruki Orchestra performed at Albert Hall. John Gould (conductor, violin soloist) led for most of the concert and played violin for the Dvorak concerto; Kristen Simpson (conductor) led the Dvorak. The bass end comprised Jeremy Tsuei, Jennifer Groom and Eric Pozza.