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CHAPTER 1: OUT OF A PANTSING…
The performance was going magnificently! Absolutely swimmingly! Octavia Philharmonica closed her violet eyes euphorically as she ran her bow across the freshly tuned strings of her cherished cello. The audience was for all intents and purposes enraptured at the delicate sounds of Buch’s Cello Suite Number One reverberating off the maroon velvet cushion-lined walls and high ceiling of Ponyville’s small music hall. ‘This could not be a more different environment than the last time I stood on this stage,’ Octavia thought. It was true; the Grand Galloping Gala had been an unmitigated disaster for Octavia’s whole ensemble.
It was as if nopony appreciated the refinement of classical music anymore. (Even as a filly, Octavia was sometimes teased for her love of it.) But today was so very different.
Despite still getting paid handsomely for their servic