Month: October 2009

How do musicians fit in?

Found this blog post by Keith Kehrer about the struggle many musicians have with being mis-understood by the non-musician world. “How do we live in a world where people don’t understand what we do?” People think artists/musicians are flakes and…

Moussorgsky “Bald Mtn” solo

For our Columbus Symphony Halloween Pops concert tomorrow night (Saturday Oct 31 in Veterans Memorial Hall, Columbus Oh), we’re playing one piece which has become a standard for Halloween Pops: Mousorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. After all, it features a…

Temporary Theme Change

Hi all. This is not my new site. Yet. I found a nice clean theme and I couldn’t resist using it for awhile. Let me know what you think. Credit goes to Patty at Oboeinsight.com. She is using this theme…

Copland Clarinet Concerto

Here’s the first half of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, from a live performance I did with the National Philharmonic, created and led by my colleague and friend Piotr Gajewski in Maryland. They are doing great things in the Washington DC…

JJ2 Practice, Oct 26

Starting to feel comfortable with all the new fingerings chosen for Jeanjean etude 2, second part. (yesterday I tweeted that this piece will be the end of me yet!) A lot of them make sense now, passing the difficult motions…

Twitter Posts past few days

I twitter stuff I’m thinking about for my own playing. Here are the main tweets I put up regularly the past few days, to keep me, and hopefully you, in the best state for productive practice. If you don’t follow…

Ben Folds coming to Columbus

I guess the Columbus Symphony is the next stop Wednesday Oct 28th on the Ben Folds tour. Wow. This tour looks brutal. Here’s the list of previous concerts (8-10 a month since September 2008): http://www.benfolds.com/tour-past. If you are interested in…

Jean-Marie Zeitouni Redux

I’m looking forward to working again with conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, who will be leading us November 7 and 8 in Dvorak’s 9th symphony (New World), Beethoven Fidelio Overture and Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto with Barry Douglas as soloist. As some…