Urgent: Wed night rehearsal is cancelled!

Good evening, Winchester Orchestra.
It has just come to my attention that there has been a major power outage in Saratoga, including West Valley College. The campus will be closed this evening so we will have to cancel tonight’s rehearsal.
I will have to speak with a number of people to make sure that this could be a possibility but could you please respond to this email if you cannot make a possible rescheduled rehearsal for tomorrow night, Thursday, same schedule as tonight.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this extremely unfortunate situation. Please keep your eyes peeled for further communication.
On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 2:01 PM, Ginger Fisher <gin95033@yahoo.com> wrote:

6.15. soloist and conductor. Sibelius
6.45. 9 solo string players with conductor. Sibelius
7.00. all strings. Sibelius
8.00. tutti. Sibelius
8.50. pause
9.00. tutti. Rimsky
9.40. tutti. Rossini
10.00. end of rehearsal

All this is subject to slight changes on the way, if needed, of course.

Our soloist will be present and playing from the beginning up until 8.50.

Concert Week Rehearsal Schedule




Weekly Schedule:

**schedule subject to change slightly as Maestro DeFilippi sees fit.

Monday, February 15th

7:30    Rossini

8:00    Rimsky-Korsakov

8:50    BREAK

9:00    Sibelius


Wednesday, February 17th @ WVC

7:30    Sibelius with Andrew Sords

8:45    Rossini

9:00    BREAK

9:10    Rimsky-Korsakov


Friday, February 19th – Dress Rehearsal @ Lincoln Glen Church 2700 Booksin Ave San José

**7:00    Rossini

7:30    Sibelius

8:50    BREAK

9:00    Rimsky-Korsakov


Saturday, February 20th – Concert @ Lincoln Glen

Call time: 2:00pm** Sebastiano may request an extra half hour. He will let you know this week.

Concert time: 3:00pm

Next Week’s Rehearsal & Concert Schedule

  • Don’t forget Wednesday’s rehearsal, Feb 19th at 7:30 WVC

  • Friday’s dress rehearsal will be at Lincoln Glen Church 7p

Please email Ginger if you have to miss.

Concert Cycle #3 with guest conductor Sebastiano De Filippi

Performance: Saturday, February 20th @ Lincoln Glen Church 3p

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, February 19th @ Lincoln Glen Church 7p

Rehearsals: 15 , 17*(Wednesday) @ West Valley College Rehearsal Hall 7:30p


2/1 Rehearsal Notes

Rehearsal Notes 2/1/2016

SIBELIUS (run-through)

(Mvt. 1)

11 bars after Rehearsal 6, the preparatory beat will be on beat 3.

Our guest conductor will beat in 1 starting 10 bars before Rehearsal 11.  He will beat in 2 starting 4 bars before Rehearsal 11.

(Wind Sectional):
(Mvt. 1)

More melody need at Rehearsal 2.  Be very attentive to every specific articulation marking.

8 bars before Rehearsal 3, “diminuendo to nothing”.

Rehearsal 4 needs to be 50% softer so violins can be heard.

At Rehearsal 5, trumpets and oboes don’t lose the quarter note on beat 2 of the second bar.

Clarinets match the articulation of the flutes 25 bars after Rehearsal 11 (when playing the same figure).

(Mvt. 2)

When you have consecutive tenuti, “don’t stop the phrase”.

Need “more tone” on the sforzandi.  The note directly preceding a sforzando should be short, but not clipped.

4 bars after Rehearsal 4, “lift” together before the sforzando.

(Mvt. 3)

At Rehearsal 5, clarinets should play “less clipped” (as if there aren’t rests).

At Rehearsal 12, horns substitute a rest for the eighth note downbeats tied to a half note.

Bring out the moving parts at Rehearsal 12.



(Mvt. 3)

Brass can be lighter at the beginning.

(Mvt. 5)

16 bars before rehearsal V, horns need to “line up” rhythmically with the melody line.

The ‘Presto’ needs to be “light and crisp”.

Three bars from the end, don’t sustain the downbeat eighth note into the rests.

2/8 Rehearsal Order

Weekly Schedule:

Monday, February 8th 

7:30        Rossini

8:00        Rimsky-Korsakov

9:00        BREAK

9:10        Sibelius

Instrumentation for February 20th Concert (largest to smallest)

Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol –,, timp+3, harp, strings

Rossini Overture to gazza ladra –,, timp+3, strings

Sibelius Violin Concerto –,, timp, strings

1/25 Rehearsal Notes

Rehearsal Notes 1/25/2016


CAPRICCIO (winds sectional)

(Mvt. 1)

Take dynamic level down one notch at the very beginning.  

At Rehearsal B, Oboes bring out chromatic line.  

Seven bars after Rehearsal B, those with a 4-measure trill, back off after the initial attack.

10-bars from the end, those with half notes, crescendo all the way to the downbeat then diminuendo.  Clarinets and 1st bassoon bring out the harmony changes.


(Mvt. 2)

Lift between beats 1 and 2 when beat 2 has a dotted eighth note.  

Rehearsal E1 should have a “huge legato feel.”

At Rehearsal F, no breath between the 2nd and 3rd bars.  Okay to breath between beats 1 and 2 of the 1st bar of Rehearsal F.  


(Mvt. 3)

Less weight on the bottom note of the triplets.  

Be sure not to bend the pitch at all on the triplets.  

Flutes can be louder six bars after Rehearsal H.  


(Mvt. 4)

More “bravado” at the beginning

Slight ritardando into Cadenza III.

At Rehearsal M, more energy at the beginning of the triplets.  

At Rehearsal N, horns should diminuendo slightly on each 16th note figure.  

At Rehearsal O, phrase “toward the second bar.”

At Rehearsal P, horns need to “lock in” with the melody line.  

Seven bars before the end should be marked  ‘Animato’.  




(Mvt. 5)

Mordents should have only one “flip” (not played as trills).  

Four bars before Rehearsal T, bring out the hemiola feel.

Five bars after Rehearsal Y, strings should play accents “viciously”.  

10 bars before Rehearsal Z, those with 16th notes play out.  Those with accented quarters on the ‘&’ of beat 1, “sting” the accent then back off.

The ‘Presto’ should be very “secco”.  Phrase “in waves”.  

For those who don’t have metronome markings in their parts:  Movement I is quarter=126, Movement II is eighth=112 (Poco meno mosso is eighth=88), Movement III is quarter=120, Movement IV is dotted-quarter=69, and Movement V is dotted-half=66 (coda is quarter=144, presto is quarter=152).  


ROSSINI (wind sectional)

In bar 10 (oboe/clarinet/piccolo), bar 11 (flute), bar 12 (horn), and bar 22 (bassoon), don’t be early playing the 16th notes on the ‘&’ of beat 1.  Be careful not to drag on the triplets.   

At bar 100 (13 measures after ‘a tempo’), clarinet/bassoon/horn be careful not to drag–stay with the melody line.   

Three bars after Rehearsal C, those with the dotted-eighth followed by 16th note pattern, be careful not to tripletize this figure.  Also, keep moving forward here.  

At Rehearsal D, clarinet (and later flute) be right in time on the third-beat triplet (line up with oboe’s third-beat quarter note).  Horns/bassoons play on the front half of the beat so as not to be late in bar three of Rehearsal D.  

Seven bars before Rehearsal E (and the like), piccolo/clarinet/bassoon, be aware this passage slows down in part because of waiting too long at the eighth rest.  Lighten up, don’t get bogged down trying to emphasize each note, and keep the triplets moving forward.  

At Rehearsal E, horns should play on the front half of the beat on the repeated quarter notes on beats 2 and 3, so as not to drag.  

2/1 Rehearsal Order

Monday, February 1st 

7:30        Run Sibelius

8:00        Sectionals

9:10        BREAK

9:20        Rimsky-Korsakov

9:45        Rossini

Instrumentation for February 20th Concert (largest to smallest)

Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol –,, timp+3, harp, strings

Rossini Overture to gazza ladra –,, timp+3, strings

Sibelius Violin Concerto –,, timp, strings