Uninvited Audience


Squeaking by in rehearsal.

—by Leigh Stringfellow Cary, N.C

I will always remember my first rehearsal with the Durham Symphony Orchestra. It’s a semi-professional group lead by Maestro William Curry that uses the combined talents of volunteer and professional musicians. It’s an interesting group, and I was delighted to play on its pops concert last spring, a tribute to Paul Roberson.

The orchestra rehearses Tuesday nights in the basement of a building belonging to the Durham Arts Council. I arrived about an hour before the rehearsal, unpacked my harp, and introduced myself to the librarian and personnel manager, both players in the group as well. The librarian kindly told me that she was going to slide my case to the side, because she had just spotted a mouse running along the baseboard nearby.

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