Clock Tower 4

Exhausting work this morning on Shostakovich Quintet and Faure Piano Quartet. The Shostakovich is getting better and better, and we’re certainly getting more unified in our approach, but it is unforgivingly difficult and very hard to pull off musically. I don’t think we’ve quite answered the tempo questions yet, but we’re progressing in a more unified […]

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Clock Tower 3

Not much to report today. We had a really positive and exciting rehearsal on the Dvorak Piano Quintet this morming. The textures are getting clearer and the shape of the whole work is starting to come through. Such fun to play, especially when we don’t wallow in it. Cello and I are feeling less estranged. […]

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Now that’s what I call arts funding

This is from Alex Ross’s blog “The Rest is Noise.” Can America really call itself a civilized or learned society anymore? The new issue of the Finnish Music Quarterly reveals that the Finnish government is spending 359.5 million euros on the arts this year, of which 60.5 million goes to music. Orchestras are receiving state […]

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Clock Tower

Just completed my first day at the Clocktower Chamber Music Festival in Durango, Colorado. The festival is the brainchild of violinist Mikayla Myers McTeer and pianist Lisa Campi. Lisa is a dear friend and one of my oldest and closest musical associates. We’ve known each other nearly 20 years and have played together in all […]

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More RCICW

There’s a fascinating, kind and thoughtful comment from David Hoose on my last post- thanks David. It’s nice to hear kind words from someone I respect and like so much. Be sure to read it (you can skip the eulogistically nice things he says about me and Chris, and think extra hard about what he says about music).  After […]

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RCICW day 3

Day three is somehow both the longest and shortest day of the workshop. By this point, one feels that one has really gotten a very good sense of each of the conducting students, both as musicians and as people. By this point in the workshop, we’re starting to see real progress and a few genuine […]

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RCICW day 2

Absolutely shattered after a long, intense day at the RCICW, but really want to make note of a few thoughts. The more I teach and the longer I work the more I’m in awe of the students. One leaves one’s studying years behind for two reasons. First, you may be lucking enough to have accumulated […]

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RCICW day 1

Very intense, but exciting, first day of the RCICW. For those of you who aren’t conductors, here is basically how most workshops like this work…. The main challenge for any young conductor is finding an instrument (orchestra) to practice on. In order to provide an orchestra for the student conductors, we have work on a […]

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Beethoven and sound

Beethoven-    Why do we talk about him in such simplistic terms? Why do we have to choose sides between old school loud, slow and flabby and new school fast, shrill and cold? Is absence of vibrato really a sophisticated sound concept? Is vibrato on every note really a sophisticated sound concept?    Twenty years […]

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The RCICW

I’m heading back to Oregon this week for one of my favorite projects of the year. From June 22-25, I’ll be working with two outstanding colleagues as director of the Rose City International Conductors Workshop in Portland, Oregon. This workshop was the brainchild of the musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, a player-run orchestra who […]

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Mahler 2 Highlights Part I

You can hear some selections from the recent Oregon East Symphony performance of Mahler 2 HERE. This is selections from movements I-IV. Movement V should be available tomorrow.

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