Because the other option (holding tight) hasn’t served me so well!

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”

(Tao Te Ching)


  1. Mehmeh says:

    WEll, glad to see a little smile as you are literally hanging in! Coragem, minha querida! Xo mm

    • Joana says:

      Muitos beijinhos, MM! Where would I be without you?

      I lurve you! J

      On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 12:28 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, my dear!

      Hope you have a lovely weekend. When in the MSO season done? Did you end up hiring some good new violists? It’s supposed to be 72 and sunny today which is the PERFECT weather in my book. I have a 3 hour rehearsal and an evening show, but I plan to enjoy as much of the sunlight between those “duties” as I can.

      xox – Joana

      On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 10:11 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


      • Helen Reich says:

        Hi Joana,

        I guess we are officially done after the first week in July….not sure what’s even scheduled for then. Yes, we hired two wonderful violists! One is in the Rochester Phil, and the other….not sure, he’s pretty young. Interestingly enough, they are both of Hispanic ancestry. Maybe a first for the MSO?

        I had a rotated vacation week last week, with little time for outdoor activity, especially because the weather turned colder again. I did have some meals with friends, however, and I finally get back to making stuff! It felt good to do some projects……still trying to replenish what has sold. I know I need to produce some new things, but not much inspiration right now!


        • Joana says:

          Hi Helen,

          YES, that violist of Portuguese ancestry counts!!! 😉 So glad to hear that you’ve gotten some hot Latinos (are they both men?) to spice up the MSO viola section. I wonder if I know the one from Rochester?

          The ballet spring season ends at the end of the first week of June. I can’t wait. I’m tired of running back and forth to the theater and cramming so much music. Even though I’ve played almost all of the rep there now, much of it is hard so it’s not something I want to wing in rehearsal. This week’s rehearsals/performances include: Coppelia (full length ballet), Glass Pieces (Philip Glass), Stravinsky Concerto for Strings, Morton Gould “Interplay”, Britten Simple Symphony, Ravel Piano Concerto in G, Debussy Antique Epigraphs, Debussy Afternoon of a Faun, Berstein Dybbuk, Prokofieff 1st violin concerto, Berstein Fancy Free, and the West Side Story Suite. (Yes, that’s the repertoire for ONE week!)

          My viola needs adjusting, but I’ve been too busy getting my brain adjusted and just keeping up with life in general. But things are beginning to improve in the anxiety department which is good news.

          Now I’m going to try to do one of my little Jo illustrations before I meditate, exercise, eat and run off to play the show.

          Toodle oooh, dearie! Joana

          On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 9:27 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


          • Helen Reich says:

            OMG, that’s brutal! Fancy Free is way harder than it looks. Is the Stravinsky concerto Dumbarton Oaks? I know that’s a toughie. All that stuffed into one week. I guess we shouldn’t be complaining, here! We have been trying to limit the number of different programs/week, but best efforts is the most we can get; in fact, that’s the case with most orchestras today. How many complete programs would that be, that your are playing this week??

            The violist from Rochester is Samantha Rodriguez. The other one is Alejandro Duque.


            • Joana says:

              Hi Helen,

              The Stravinsky Concerto for Strings is the Concerto in Re. It’s a great piece, but hard both in terms of fast notes and tricky rhythms. Fancy Free is hard, too. The first few times I did it, I had to perform it without a rehearsal…talk about stress! This week I am performing 5 shows of 4 different programs. We rehearsed Copellia as well, but that doesn’t go up ’til next week. This week’s workload is pretty typical of what NYCB does. Each seasons is 6 weeks long and generally each new program is repeated 4 times, though not usually consecutively. Last spring was a New Music/New Choreographer festival and I believe there were 46 works that went up over the 6 weeks.

              Fortunately, tonight I have the night off and I’ve been making good use of my time. 🙂 I don’t know either of the violists you hired, but I look forward to hearing more and hope they work out well!

              XOX, Joana

              On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 7:22 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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