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Ray
Hi Beth, How did it work out with Willie Nelson? Did you try any new techniques? Was there a nice flow?
Ray
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Posted: February 15, 2011
Last Comment: February 16, 2011
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jack
Posted: February 16, 2011
I think we ALL wished we lived in Austin. ;-)

Eileen
Posted: February 16, 2011
Beth, that fantastic ! I wish I lived in Austin !! :-)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 15, 2011
Eileen,

The Austin music scene is immense, truly living up to its reputation, and there is no shortage of fabulous musicians from all genres. The classical scene however, is a much smaller pool, and as there are no full time professional organizations, we professional violinists get to cobble together a living working a wide variety of performance opportunities. Just this year I will play symphony, opera, 2 choral programs with different coral groups, recording sessions for albums and other commercial projects, Baroque Chamber music concerts, a chamber orchestra concert, a few pick-up shows like this one with Willie, and of course lots of weddings. And except for the weddings, it never gets boring! I also play (as many of us do)in a chamber pop band. We play once a month at restaurants and clubs. So basically those string players who are in the "core" of the classical music scene here are very thinly spread...and wouldn't have it any other way.


Duane Lucy
Posted: February 15, 2011

Beth,

Thank you for sharing that. I have a great deal of respect for Willie Nelson.


Eileen
Posted: February 15, 2011
Good for you Beth ! What a fun experience that must have been ! It must be fun to be involved in the backstage aspect of programs like this. How did you become a part of this ?

jack
Posted: February 15, 2011
That sounds like an awesome time! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. ;-)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 15, 2011
It was a blast. The event was for the opening of the new Austin City Limits theater, an incredible state-of-the-art video and sound stage, with 3 levels of seating. I was a part of a large orchestra group, turns out, and we accompanied Willie on a set of slow tunes, most of which he wrote. They will make a DVD from it, and my guess, they'll use it as promotion for the next PBS fund drive. There were amazing musicians on that stage. The back-up band for the orchestral set were local musicians from Austin, then his regular band played the second set.

After the second set, he invited all the "fiddlers" on stage to jam. I didn't know what to expect, so, although I'm a generally brave person, I decided not to put myself on the spot with my colleagues who can seriously fiddle and improvise.

There was another impressive musician there: the conductor David Campbell. He wrote the orchestral arrangements and is currently working on the new 64 million$ Broadway musical "Spiderman". I am so lucky to be able to be a part of these amazing productions where talent soars high.

And Willie himself...well, I was blown away watching him in is 81 years..his devotion to his music..such a legend. I'll post my iphone picture of Willie's profile on Facebook.