You should align your tempo to the violin so that you sound together. If they slow down, so should you. You should not try to correct their tempo during the concert. Other than that, knowing how the person plays helps to anticipate. You should try to do some rehearsal before.
Got it. I will revise my "keep the beat no matter what" to "try to keep a sense of pulse but follow the child no matter what."
We do have a 30 minute rehearsal right before the concert.
A few thoughts:
- try to arrange a rehearsal before
- perform the piece to someone today so that you have some performance experience of it
- try to learn the piece from memory so that your eyes don't take over tomorrow.
- keep listening during the performance and adjust to how the soloist performs
- remember that, despite your own adrenalin rush of how unfamiliar the situation is, that the focus should all be on the soloist.
- breathe and stay hydrated.
- enjoy it! How lovely to be playing with someone and, presumably, in front of people again.
I will try preforming for my husband tonight--I don't know how much of a performance that will feel like but it will have to do.
I can't memorize the pieces in so little time--there are seven of them. But I will practice them as much as time allows. I am a very good reader and I don't need to look at my hands much so I think this should be fine.
I will definitely keep in mind that it is all about the soloist--I am hoping that helps with any performance anxiety I might experience.
Breathe and stay hydrated is very good advice. It is supposed to be 35C (95F) tomorrow and we have no air conditioning, this is possibly my biggest worry.
I am definitely excited to get to perform for an audience again, which I have not done since I was a teenager, but used to really enjoy. Because of Covid restrictions we are limited to 15 people total, seven kids, one parent each, and the teacher. I think the small size will be a nice entry point for performing again.
Thank you both for your advice, it was very helpful.