Month: March 2009

Loving Russian Music

Since a friend of mine moved to Minneapolis last Fall, I’ve perused the Minnesota Orchestra’s site from time to time. I noticed that Andrew Litton will be conducting Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony March 26-28. I would love to hear that performance,…

Jahja Ling and Ax promise depth

Our rehearsals with Jahja Ling this week have been very satisfying. He brings with him a wealth of experience from working with one of the world’s great orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra. Under Ling’s steady wings, we should be able to…

Clarinet news shows its dangerous influence!

From Marianne Faithfull to Marijuana on Clarinet Boulevard, from Brahms to Blues to contra-alto-clarinets to T. S. Elliot, today’s google report on the keyword clarinet overflowed with color and variety. According to the South Bend Times, an Elkhart mas was…

Ethereal Rutter Requiem at FCC

I enjoyed playing, hearing and seeing the beautiful music and dancing at today’s Lent Requiem service at First Community Church in Dublin, OH. Ron Jenkins, Music Minister at FCC, plans regular music services throughout the year, and always hires a…

CSO Concert, March 14

I was able to stay for the second half tonight to hear Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, and after hearing the orchestra play in the Palace Theater, I have to agree with Barbara Zuck in her review of last night’s concert. The…

Tonight’s CSO Concert, March 13

Jean-Marie Zeitouni exceeded expectations musically and technically, though he seemed a bit nervous at the beginning of the Rossini Semiramide Overture, barely waiting for the orchestra to sit down after bowing before beginning the piece. The orchestra had not settled…

Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni

The conductor of this weekend’s (March 13 & 14, 2009) Columbus Symphony classical series concerts is a brilliant young talent named Jean-Marie Zeitouni. His professional bio states: Jean-Marie Zeitouni has emerged as one of Canada‚Äôs brightest young conductors whose eloquent…

Structures and Movement of Breathing

I strongly recommend all wind players read The Structures and Movement of Breathing by Barbara Conable and James Jordan. Though written as A Primer for Choirs and Choruses, it is invaluable as a guide to any wind player wanting to…

Scott Locke CD of 20th Century Music

Clarinetist Scott Locke has released a commendable recorded collection of music for solo clarinet spanning nearly the entire 20th century. The earliest composition on the CD is Stravinsky’s canonical 1918 Three Pieces, which along with Willson Osborn’s well known 1958…