My recital is just 8 days away, so my life is very full of practicing! I'm really excited about the dramatic depth of Robert Fleming's "Confession Stone," which follows the life of Christ through the eyes of his mother, Mary. I haven't experienced motherhood myself, so I am drawing on memories of my younger brothers and cousins to put myself into her life. Fleming's setting is a particular challenge because there are frequent changes of tempo and dynamics within an otherwise simple texture. There are also places throughout the cycle that allow for rhythmic freedom and rubato, which is fantastic as a performer but also places a significant responsibility on the shoulders of David and myself. I'm excited for the performance but also glad to have a little more time to refine everything!