Month: January 2010

Playing in an Acoustical Vacuum

My sister and I played recitals the past two days in two different “recreation halls”, both at senior citizen centers. Not only were the pianos awful, but the acoustics were very dry in both places, caused by numerous curtains above…

Siroccos, Gremlins and Brahms

Tonight’s Columbus Symphony concert went well. The difficult passages in the Sierra “Fandangos” were, as I expected, mostly for “effect”, meaning the notes themselves didn’t matter as much as the shape and volume of the passage. Delfs used the word…

Naughtiest Composer, so far

This weekend the Columbus Symphony is playing a symphonic concert featuring pianist Andre Watts in Beethoven’s 5th Concerto, Emperor. Andreas Delfs, former music director of the Milwaukee Symphony, leads us in Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony in D Major. Delfs had…

The Many Hats of a Musician

As my colleague Betsy Sturdevant pointed out in a recent post on her Bassoon Blog, the Columbus Symphony has a busy schedule with wildly varied repertoire this weekend. Actually Betsy and I have a particularly full weekend, since we are…

Tweets for Dec 28-Jan 9

Facing your weaknesses as a player may also involve facing your own personal weaknesses. Think of practicing as performing in a safe place. Delightful and bravura Mendelssohn pieces for 2 clarinets & pno. Should be played more. http://cli.gs/DZX2P Technical passages…