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28 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
You know that feeling, when you’re concentrating deeply on the task at hand, really focusing hard, and then suddenly a rogue thought, completely unrelated to what you’re doing, jumps into your head and refuses to leave? Like maybe you’re watching ...
27 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
It’s another dreary morning here in London, but the unspeakably perky BBC One forecasters tell me it’s bound to clear up later today, and stay at least partially sunny for the better part of what Brits know as Bank Holiday Weekend. Not that the ra...
25 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
Looks like Sam will be dealing with jetlag as he and the Orchestra begin their week across the pond; I’m coping with my own jetlag, having returned from a two-week visit to my mother in Hawaii this past weekend. Easing myself back into the work...
25 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
Well, the good news is that we made it across the pond, safe and sound. The bad news is that I got about 45 minutes of sleep total on our flight over, and it’s raining in London and isn’t expected to stop until Friday. (I know – shocking.) Fortuna...
24 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of the sort of mundanities one must see to before leaving the country for a while: mowing the lawn, doing the laundry, insuring I’ve packed extra viola strings and contact lenses, explaining patiently ...
23 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
As we’ve wrapped up our preparations for this upcoming tour – packed the wardrobe trunks, mapped out the travel schedule, rehearsed the rep as completely as we have time for – I’ve slowly been coming to a realization that is as disturbing as i...
20 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
Ever since musicians started caring about how we play music from different eras (taking a different stylistic approach to Bach, for example, than we use for Mahler,) there’s been a spirited debate about the use of vibrato in orchestral string sect...
18 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
The orchestra is spending this week largely out of public view, but if you were to poke your head into Orchestra Hall, you’d hear plenty of noise coming from the stage. Today began a dizzying schedule of rehearsals – nearly twice as many as we hav...
9 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
I’ve written ad nauseum on this blog about the various woes and financial afflictions that plague American orchestras during economic hard times, and honestly, even I’m getting a little sick of the subject. But I wanted to seize the opport...
9 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
Taking ten days off in my native state. Posting will be even spottier that it has been on my end for the next two weeks or so, hope you’re enjoying your late summer!
5 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
And I mean seriously last minute! Courtesy of Charlotte, North Carolina gadfly/orchestra enthusiast (and regular poster to industry message boards) Delmar Williams , check out this amazing video of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, one of Japan’s lea...
3 Aug 2010
Inside the Classics
For those of you who have had a hankering for a music theory moment, here’s a Mozart sonata (K. 545) complete with running harmonic commentary (I’m particularly partial to the second inversion of the tonic, but we all have our favorites, eh?):
31 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
Obsessing over food and where it comes from seems to have become this era’s answer to previous nationwide fads like blogging in the early ’00s, Bill Clinton’s sex life in the ’90s, and  chasing the almighty dollar in the ’80s. I’ll admit, I’m an u...
29 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
An article on budget cuts, layoffs, and salary cutbacks in Portland, Oregon’s arts scene this past weekend was a sad, if unsurprising, thing to read. This is happening all over, including here in Minnesota, of course, and while those of us here l...
27 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
Can I just say, it’s been a manic few weeks. I had 11 days away (which included 6 concerts with two orchestras of 3 different programs), a couple of days at home to rehearse and perform with Josh Ritter ; meanwhile there comes a call from the N...
22 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
It’s been a busy 10 days. I’ll get around to an actual post this weekend, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you my newest fashion accessory obsession, from AMBUSH .
21 Jul 2010
Clef Notes and Drama Queens
Well, that was different. And fun, too. Tuesday's finale of "An American Playlist," the Kennedy Center's three-night celebration of the arts, brought together different generations and genres for one quirky, sometimes awkward, always entertainin...
20 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
I read a lot of reviews. And I mean a lot . Not just reviews of concerts I’ve played in, but concerts by other orchestras, by string quartets, by new music ensembles, by pop stars, hip-hop collectives, theater productions, and all manner of other...
17 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
The radio silence around here this week is due to it being one of the busiest times of the year for both Sarah and me. By tomorrow evening, I will have played 15 services (a service is either a rehearsal or a concert, at least two hours each) in 6...
12 Jul 2010
Inside the Classics
Via my good friend Kate Holzemer (and the several hundred other musicians who seem to be passing this around on Facebook) I’m pleased to link you to this classic Time Magazine article from 1966 on the fab new trend of, well, um… …oh, just re...
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