—by Amy Nam
During the time that I was a student in Montreal, a large community orchestra hired me to play on their outer space themed concert. Stravinsky’s Le roi des étoiles kicked off the program, followed by John William’s Star Wars Suite, and lastly Holst’s The Planets.
Although my French vocabulary wasn’t large, I understood numbers and enough basic rehearsal phrases to be comfortable in a Francophone rehearsal environment. And indeed, the rehearsal was fine.