Month: March 2010

We are the Music Makers

My colleague in the Columbus Symphony, principal bassoonist Betsy Sturdevant, posted this poem on being a musician. Betsy maintains a wonderful Bassoon Blog, with detailed posts on every piece we play in the Columbus Symphony, among other subjects. Any aspiring…

Mozart and Bruckner – InstantEncore

Mozart and Bruckner – InstantEncore Our Columbus Symphony concerts from last weekend. Christopher Seaman conducted, and did a marvelous job with the entire preparation and performance process. One couldn’t ask for a more clear and thoughtful conductor, with a great…

Custom Barrels by Allan Segal

Allan Segal, a reader of my blog, is making a custom clarinet barrel for me. His website Clarinet Concepts, describes him as Surgeon, Musician, Woodworker. I’ve been trying Backun barrels again recently, and was frustrated at not being able to…

Air attacks and soft articulation

I am about to leave to go play the second concert in this weekend’s Columbus Symphony fare, with Christopher Seaman conducting. Maestro Seaman rehearsed the orchestra in a remarkably efficient and thorough manner during the week, using his English wit…

Columbus Symphony rates low in city investment

A letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio. I tried to search the Dispatch archive for the tourism article mentioned in this letter, but the Dispatch website has trouble finding its archive. I got the text of the…

Goldilocks and the Three Barrels

Actually this Goldilocks had many more than three barrels to try! I’ve been trying barrels. Again. Yes, again. More Morales-Backuns, ie MoBa. Grenadilla and Cocobolo this time. The trickiest part is to get the right tightness in the most responsive…