Monday, February 25, 2008
Today I'm stressed. And it's because of these three men. They call themselves the Celtic Tenors and starting on Wednesday they will be my employers. Only for 12 days, but still...
I got an email from Daryl Simpson (on the left) on February 8th, informing me that the C.T. were in need of a pianist for a portion of their U.S. tour--apparently their normal M.D. had to be out of town for that stretch--and asking if I was interested in the job. Fiona Murphy, an Irish mezzo-soprano I worked with in Houston, recommended me to Daryl whom she went to school with. I WAS interested but needed to know more. Especially since the C.T. do a mix of classical, Irish, pop and sacred music and pop and Irish are FAR from being my specialty. By that evening I'd gotten an offer and by Sunday I accepted. Who can resist an Irish accent?
So...I leave on tour Wednesday. I miss a week of school---stressful!---and the week I get back just happens to be one of the craziest of the semester. And it turns out that some of the C.T. music is illegible and based on my ability to improv--not one of my strengths. I'm a bit overwhelmed. So what better thing to do than blog about it?