September 2018

#SOchats with Naomi  
Hello and welcome to our September #SOchats.  I’m Naomi Chaitkin Nimmo, the Executive Director.  We started this monthly chat room so we can answer your questions and talk about the orchestra and the response has been great!  Please keep the comments and questions coming. Thanks.
Q:  When will we receive our season tickets?
A:All season tickets have been mailed. If you have not received yours, or received the wrong number of tickets, please let us know by calling (843) 873-5339. Thanks.
Q:  What do I do if I lose my tickets?
A: As always, there is a list of all ticket holders at every box office at Summerville Baptist Church both nights of the concerts. Just give them your name and they will give you replacement tickets for that night.
Q:  Is there a Christmas concert?
A: We have two events planned for Dec. 21 and are hoping we can do one of them. Right now we’re waiting on details to be worked out before we can announce what we’ll be doing. So pencil in the date and we’ll let you know as soon as we do what the event will be. Thanks for your patience.
To read previous #SOchats please click here
Joke of the Month (all tongue-in-cheek of course):
  • music:  a complex organization of sounds that is set down by the composer, incorrectly interpreted by the conductor, who is ignored by the musicians, the result of which is ignored by the audience.
  • string quartet: a good violinist, a bad violinist, an ex-violinist, and someone who hates violinists, all getting together to complain about composers.
  • detaché: an indication that the trombones are to play with their slides removed.
  • clef: something to jump from before the viola solo.
  • cadence: when everybody hopes you’re going to stop, but you don’t.
  • diatonic:  low-calorie Schweppes.
Interviews with  the Musicians
Linda-rae Grant
I am originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Summerville for 43 years. My husband, John, is a veterinarian and is from SC so wither thou goest I will go!  We have two daughters, Molly and Sarah, and five grandchildren. My 90-year-old mom now lives with us. And sitting by me right now are our three Boston terriers and one little chihuahua!
I began school at Green Mountain College, a two-year girls’ school in Vermont, as a voice major. I then attended Boston University School of Fine Arts as a voice major. I received my BA degree in vocal performance and then went back to get my music education degree. I taught in public and private schools in Massachusetts and SC.
My day job is taking care of my mom, our dogs, our yard, and our home. Yup, I do it all! But I must say I would rather be outside in the garden than in the kitchen!
My dad was a bass player. When I was offered lessons by a friend’s mom who also had a bass, we decided to learn the instrument together and played in our high school band. The bass I play today used to be my dad’s so you can imagine how special it is to me. It is an American standard bass. The story goes, there were two brothers. One made basses the other made toilets!!! Ha ha.
The orchestra has brought back a part of my youth. As I said, I had played bass in high school and then went on to study voice. It is such fun to play in the Summerville Orchestra with fellow members some of whom have not played in awhile. There is no pressure although we all strive to do our best. All are friendly and just happy to be a part of this group.
When my mom used to take me to rehearsals in the station wagon, she used to joke and say “why didn’t you play the flute?” Now as I have to carry the bass, stool, bow case, etc. I sometimes wonder the same thing! No not really. I love my bass!
I am thankful to this orchestra for giving me the opportunity to play bass again. It sure is fun!