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December 31, 2006
Prompt #40: Destination

Two-word answer: CARNEGIE HALL!

Yeah, it was just too easy.

I am performing with The Delta Winds on March 28, 2007, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

We had our first rehearsal last week and received our music. Yes, I am one of those playing first flute, as well as in the small wind ensemble that will accompany the soloists.

The selections we will be performing include:

* Four Scottish Dances, Malcolm Arnold, Op. 59 (Arr. Paynter)
* Scootin’ On Hardrock (Three Short Scat-Jazzy Dances), David R. Holsinger
* Fanfare, M. Simoncic (A brand new piece written specifically for this concert)
* An American Elegy, Frank Ticheli
* El Camino Real, Alfred Reed (1985)

The destination is also the achievement of musical excellence. It is very important to play well: For ourselves, for our audience, for our director, for all the music teachers who have imparted their knowledge to us over the years and served as role models, and all the people back home who won’t be in the audience that night but will be sending their support nonetheless.


  1. Wow wow wow! Carnegie Hall! Even to someone like me who knows nothing about the musical world, that “destination” inspires awe. Great good luck for a wonderful performance! (Musicians aren’t superstitious about good luck are they? Should I have said “break a leg”?)

  2. Fantastic! I can only imagine how much this must mean to you!!!!

  3. Janie, what a surprise!! Do you know Caryl Mae Scott? She played with the Stockton Symphony for 50 years. She started out at around 18 and just retired last year. I work with CMS at Stan State’s music department where my son graduated from as a bassoonist in ’02. What a small world. Thanks so much for visiting. I’ve got you bookmarked now.

  4. Janie Hickok Siess, Esq.

    Small world indeed!

    Of course I know Caryl. I study with “the other Carole” here in Lodi. I also know several students in your Music Dept. because they have played with us in the Lodi or Stockton band – and a couple more who are applying for next year. My nephew attended band camp there this year.

    Is your son playing professionally? Teaching? I would still love to pick up a degree in music, but there is no program that offers evening courses. ๐Ÿ™

  5. paris parfait

    Wow, Carnegie Hall! I used to be thrilled just to take voice lessons there. To actually perform music would have been beyond my imagination – what a fantastic opportunity! All the best to you, at Carnegie Hall and in all your endeavours in the new year.

  6. Janie Hickok Siess, Esq.

    Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for someone like me: I’ve been a musician all my life but it is not how I earn my daily bread. (It would probably be just another day for someone like Sir James Galway! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) It is equally meaningful for our director, Art Holton, who says that he has had a 30-year career as a pro. musician and music educator & has spent those 30 years waiting for this gig. So no, there are no words to describe how meaningful and exciting this trip is going to be.

    I’m a lucky person. I also got to argue before the California Supreme Court (and with a media horde present, no less, which is why I have the artists’ rendering). Just getting to that courtroom is something that most attorneys never achieve, much less on such a high-profile case.

    So what goal am I going to work toward after Carnegie Hall? I’ll think of something! Stay tuned!

  7. Rethabile

    Sounds like a great rendezvous. Wish you the best, for this, and for 2007 in general.

  8. Hi and welcome to What the Blog!? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jen from What the Blog!?

  9. Novel Nymph

    I am completely blown away by your destination and talent…

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