We knew our plan to have woodwinds and brass rejoin our strings was an ambitious experiment. I think we all realize it has not worked out. So we move on.
The strings will continue rehearsing. We hope to be able to put some of the Halloween pieces on the website in time for Halloween. Our Christmas concerts will also be for string orchestra, plus flutes, keyboard, and percussion - the lineup of our very successful Fiddles to Fiesta concert in August. We are asking the string players who decided not to play the Halloween concert to rejoin us for Christmas. Lush string sound requires a larger number of players than we have been seeing for the last month.
So why are we including flutes in our string orchestra? Flutes play in the same key signature and, largely, range as violins do, so having a flute double a violin part is not difficult, and generally creates a pleasing sound combination. Also, aerosol generation of a flute is less than other woodwinds and brass ( Aerosol generation from different wind instruments - PubMed (nih.gov); Study of Aerosol in performing arts (nafme.org); AerosolStudyPreliminaryResults_05.21.2021.pdf (colostate.edu))
For brass and woodwinds - we still love you! That’s why we tried to get you back into your rehearsal chairs so early. A couple of sections and small groups are getting together to play to keep up their enjoyment (and their embouchures!). This is a great idea. Let us know what you’re doing and how it’s going, so we can share with the larger group. There will be some time in the future when we can again be a full community orchestra, including all who want to play. We hope that will be soon, but we’ll just have to see. The Board will adjust our policies in accordance with developments in science-based recommendations on bell covers, masking, ventilation, and social distancing.
Thank you for all the hard work you have put in, both recently and over the years, to make Whidbey Island Orchestra a success. Our mission continues to be two-fold - to perform together for the love of music, and to “spread the joy of music to Whidbey Island audiences”.
Cynthia Morrow and the Board of the Whidbey Island Orchestra
At Island Church
6:30 pm, tuned and warmed up
Strings, Flutes, Keyboard, Percussion
First Rehearsal November 4
A group of twelve string players from the Whidbey Island Orchestra performed four Mozart string Quartets, including “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” at WICA on March 27.
Music director, players, and the audience were enthusiastic about the experience. Cynthia said, “The balance was tremendously good. I really did feel thrilled myself hearing the sound coming from the players. It was great.” Cynthia and the musicians agreed that the excellent acoustics in the WICA space allowed musicians to hear, listen, and adjust to each other, forming a tight-knit group. “We went from amateurs to professionals in one fell swoop”, said Cynthia.
2021 - 2022 Concert Season
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - WICA - March 27, 2021
Fiddles to Fiesta - WICA - August 27, 2021
The Witching Hour - Online for Halloween
Santa's Holiday Playlist - WICA - December 19, 2021
Community Christmas Concert - Trinity Lutheran Church - December 23, 2021
Lollipops and Roses - WICA - February 14, 2022
Broadway's Back, Baby! - WICA - March 26, 2022
Mothers' Day Concert - May, 2022