Recital Planning Part Two

This post is a continuation of my previous post on recital planning. Check out Part One by clicking this link:!Recital-Planning-/cf5v/9A018355-BFE3-42BD-992E-42CFA32A4CF4

Some other things to consider in planning your program include:

  • Program order – avoid clustering too many pieces of the same difficulty level, length, or style/mood/purpose together. Start and end the program (or each half of the program) with pieces that you are completely comfortable with, that are audience friendly, and that don’t tire you out. This will help prevent you and the audience from getting fatigued. It also sets the stage – no pun intended :) – for good, stress-free vibes during the recital, and ends the program with confidence and great memories.

  • Personnel/instrumentation – do you have access to the instrumentalists needed to play all the pieces you want to perform? Are they willing and able to play the repertoire you’ve selected? How much rehearsal time will be needed in order to put all of the parts together successfully? Keep in mind that many collaborative pianists charge by the hour, and some will increase their base rate according to the difficulty of the accompaniment for your rep.

  • Logistics – be sure to reserve the venue for the correct date and time you want, and also get written confirmation of these details when you reserve the venue. Consider how the chosen venue, date, and time will affect your audience’s experience. For example, is their sufficient parking, is the building easy to find and easy to navigate once inside, is the size of the room appropriate for the style and volume of your rep., is the venue in an area that is typically noisy around the time that you plan to have your recital?

  • Unavoidable circumstances – know that everything during the planning process will not necessarily go the way you planned for it to go. If it does, that’s great! If not, remember that you and your audience can still have a great experience. If something goes off the planned course, calmly brainstorm ways to work through the issue and get to work!

In closing, there are A LOT of factors to think about in order to have a successful experience. But start early. Earlier than you think you need to. Plan carefully. And don’t be afraid to revise your ideas if you truly feel they will result in a better experience.

CALL TO ACTION – make a sample recital program that fits as many of these categories (from Part One and Part Two) as possible. What other element(s) can you come up with to take into consideration when planning a well-balanced program?

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