Review – Richard Rood

I just want to share with you how much I enjoyed playing here at your “Music in May”.  At the center of your success were two fantastic concerts. Not only was there really great playing but like you said, somehow there was a connection made between the players that usually would take much longer if ever to achieve. I don’t really have one story that can encapsulate the joy I felt that we all shared playing together. Mim was a retreat for musicians of the highest level. We rehearsed intensely and gave deeply communicative performances that reflected our complete commitment to the highest level of music making. Each musician had clearly spent weeks if not months preparing their individual parts. Everyone came in with musical opinions and fresh creative ideas, ready to work, and amazingly no fragile egos!  When I asked Michael Tree what bowing he preferred in one of our unison passages in the Mendelssohn Octet he said, “Oh, whatever you would like!”  I thought, “Whatever I would like? Coming from the guy that has played this with the greatest players of the last 50 years??!!!! Are you kidding?” Being in the presence of that kind of camaraderie and respectful attitude will affect me for the rest of my life. When you, Rebecca so easily agreed to sitting in what would normally be the viola position in the Janacek, I was struck and reminded of the phrase, “It is not all about me” in a world that seems far to often to be to focused on “It IS all about ME”.  We barely even took breaks while rehearsing as we were so immersed in the music and the need to prepare the best as possible with the time we had.
— Richard Rood, leading member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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