Mary Lou Rylands, the cellist, was a founding member.
From left, violinists Guillaume Combet and Katherine Winterstein, cellist Mary Lou Rylands, trumpeter Dominic Derasse, and violist Liuh-Wen Ting prepare to rehearse the Tartini Concerto in D Major for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo.
They play the fast movement of the Biber so well that it worries the cellist, Ms. Rylands
"Can we do that presto thing one more time," she
asks, "to make sure it wasn't an accident?
It felt so good."
Ms. Rylands is another founding member of the Players and is married to Mr. Isaacson.
agrees, admitting "We're a bit anemic."
provides a note of horror to the discussion, asking if anyone has heard of mites infesting a bow, eating its hairs.
The prospect is not one that the others find appealing, nor is her
proposed cure - mothballs in the instrument case.
During the Tartini rehearsal, a tall woman with a mass of curly blonde hair held in check by a backwards baseball cap pulls up in a pickup truck, climbs out and lugs a pair of lighting instruments to the balcony, where she
proceeds to install them.
Everyone seems set, but where is Ms. Rylands?
After the mini-concert Mr. Isaacson mentions that Ms. Rylands
is in the hospital.
It seems that he
got home the previous evening at 1:30 a.m. after dropping his
harpsichords off at the Town House.
discovered that Ms. Rylands
had been overcome by a stomach virus.
to the hospital where she
was admitted and got home to bed at 4:30 p.m.
Fortunately the Mr. Fiore shares parts with Ms. Rylands
for many of the works on the program and could take over for her
in the rest.
feet so hard that her
music flies off her