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The Pleasantville Philharmonic In Concert
full concert program
"The Ball" from Symphonie Fantastique................. Hector Berlioz
Piano Concerto no. 1, third movement........Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Paul Windmill, 3rd place, piano
Cappricio Espagnole.............................Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Cello Concerto in C Major, third movement............Joseph Haydn
Clara Montoya, 2nd place, cello
Symphony no. 1, fourth movement.........................Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto, third movement........................Camille Saint Saens
 Nancy Merriman, 1st place, piano
Symphony no. 3 "the Organ symphony," 2nd movement.....Camille Saint Saens

Pleasantville Philharmonic

December 12th, 2003
5th Place: Andres Montoya, 45, VOICE

4th Place: Kirsten Larson, 15, STRINGS/Laura Windmill, 15, STRINGS/Antonio Valasquez, 13, VOICE

3rd Place: Paul Windmill, 12, PIANO

2nd Place: Clara Montoya, 11, STRINGS

1st Place: Nancy Merriman, 11, PIANO



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December 12th, 2003
Although the pictures taken at this event are not quite as good as the ones taken at the preliminary round, the excitement was the opposite at the actual event.  Andres Montoya, the oldest participant in the competition who came in at fifth place, said this: "We are all so very jumpy about this competition that I do not know how we will really do.  If you are too nervous, you might not win!  That is a frightening thought there."  And he scurried off to his dressing room backstage in a fright.
Antonio Valasquez (fourth place), was not nervous at all: "It's fine... I didn't think i'd get in finals anyway...I think it'll be fun.  I'm looking forward to it.  Besides, I never get nervous.  Never."
Clara Montoya, (second place) had been working on her piece with a passion the week before the competition, practicing sometimes three hours a day.  (that's a lot for a doll.) She said: "I am absolutely nervous.  I'm not speakin to anybody i'm so nervous. I'm just staring at people, thinking to myself that i'm not gonna win anything.  And I am completely outstanding nervousness is over me and i've got butterflies in my stomach."  After this speech her sentences got steadily harder to understand as her eyes became glassy and she wandered off, mumbling to herself.
Paul Windmill, (third place) was also very worried: "I just realized that everyone has practiced except for me!!  Nancy and Clara and everyone all have their instruments and they practice every day for hours!  I don't even have a piano at home!!!" and he dashed off to practice on the piano. 
Nancy Merriman, (first place), was suffering multiple feelings.  First, she thought that she was the best, then she would suddenly feel like she shouldn't be there because she was at the beginner level, really: "I've been listening to everybody and they sound reaaaally good...but I keep telling myself that I won last year and I can win this year too... but I also want my best friend, best buddy Clara to win too.  I'm really nervous, but i'm excited, and I can't wait to play my piece. Yikes!  Where'd I put my music? I have to go find it.  Goodbye!"
Besides the fact that Nancy forgot she was to play her piece for memory, she spent the rest of her backstage time frantically searching for her nonexistent part.
She won, however, and so she is very, very happy in her second year as reigning champion of Pleasantville.

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There will also be coverage on this page of the Pleasantville Philharmonic performance coming up where Nancy Merriman, Clara Montoya, and Paul Windmill will all be playing with the orchestra.  Stay tuned!

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