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Life on the working end of the viola.
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The past two evenings I performed on a Third Angle New Music studio series concert called “A Family Affair”. It was a concert centered around one of my colleagues in the ensemble (and in the Oregon Symphony), cellist Marilyn De Oliveira. Marilyn is quite a remarkable human being. She is one of the few people […]
7 days ago |
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<begin_rant/> In the age of music notation software, composers and arrangers can crank out music quickly, and for the most part, neatly. However, in their quest to get an arrangement out the door asap, arrangers can often cut-and-paste lines of music from one instrument to another. I don’t have a problem with this – I’d […]
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It’s hard to believe, but yesterday marked the beginning of my 22nd season with the Oregon Symphony. Even though I’m closing in on the quarter century mark, there are still things that make me happy when I show up at the first rehearsal of the season. First, my colleagues. Since we don’t have a summer […]
4 months ago |
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The first concert of the 40th annual 2017 Sunriver Music Festival took place last night. We started rehearsals Friday, and threw together a nice program. I’m just glad that we didn’t start with the usual Pops concert on the first day. This was much more humane, and gave the orchestra a little bit of time to […]
5 months ago |
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Jack Allen, the CEO of Allclassical Public Media (89.9FM, allclassical.org) has retired. Here is a link to the press release from the station. I was honored to serve on the board of directors from 2014 – 2017. Suzanne Nance, Vice President of Programming and On Air Host will step into the role of Interim CEO.
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On Saturday morning I’m playing a children’s concert presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society which features Peter Schickele’s (aka PDQ Bach) The Emperor’s New Clothes. It’s a fun piece for narrator and mixed ensemble, and is my first chance since 1995 to perform with pianist Paige Roberts Molloy, with whom I last played chamber music […]
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Quick bulletin: if you don’t have plans for this Monday night (May 22), make a point of coming out to the Oregon Symphony’s closing classical concert of the season: Mahler’s Second Symphony. Judging by how the first two performances have gone, this final one should be epic. Onstage brass, offstage brass, brilliant woodwinds, amazing vocal soloists, […]
7 months ago |
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This post’s title is definitely not click bait. I’ve been slowing my pace of posting over the past couple years, and if this continues at the present rate, I’ll be posting about once a decade five years from now! So, while this blog isn’t going on a formal hiatus, there most likely will be a […]
9 months ago |
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It has been a crazy month. On January 26th my mom died after a long struggle with dementia. The following weeks were taken up with arranging details of her memorial, going through thousands and thousands of pages of saved documents – some of which were important, most of which were not – reminiscing with my […]
10 months ago |
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