Author: David H. Thomas

Classical musician, Clarinetist, Chamber Musicians, Soloist, Teacher, Principal clarinet of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio.

Last solo clarinet line of Higdon Blue Cathedral

Warming up for tonight’s concert with the Columbus Symphony. The program includes Jeniffer Higdon’s ravishing tone poem, Blue Cathedral, followed by Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Higdon piece ends with a lonely, soft clarinet solo, fading to nothing. But I…

While waiting to begin my practice I strayed…

After returning home again two nights ago post-two-week-trip to visit family and friends, local life and living required extra attention to catch up. Plans to meditate and practice clarinet disappeared, submerged under a torrent of errands and events. And emotions.…

Brett Sheehy bursts classical music’s cultural bubble

“Classical music is a “tyrannical” term, implying music written by dead white men. When I do present an older classical work, I want to present it through a 21st-century lens, not as a costume drama. The only reason that a…

Sandow and Midgette on audience decline for classical music

music dance rhythm

The institution of live classical music concerts continues to flounder, and the water isn’t getting any calmer.  Can you teach an old fish to swim upstream? But the origins and value of music remain vital to humanity’s sanity. What needs…

The OSU Marching Band with the Columbus Symphony

The Ohio State University Marching Band, TBDBITL, with the Columbus Symphony, Saturday night, July 30, 2011, at Picnic with the Pops. As always an exciting evening! And so ends a summer, a season, and and era. On the last night…