On Brahms and life

Here is a very moving post from someone named reidmt (see annonymous blogging). I actually know who he is, as will many of my readers, but nevermind, I thought is was a good post.

 Interestingly, I could have easily been in Pendleton this week for our youth camp at the OES, but took the year off. Given that I relate to heat about as well as to corporate country music radio, it’s probably for the best that I wasn’t there, given this.


c. 2006 Kenneth Woods

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “On Brahms and life”

  1. radiowilson

    Oh yeah, hot. Too Hot. Way to damn hot. BURN’in HOT.
    But it’s a dry heat, they say (just who are “they”, anyway?)………
    12% humidity at 4PM recorded at the Pendleton airport on the 22nd with a temperature of 105 degrees F (40.5 C for those of you so inclined). Sure, it feels horrid when the humidity is greater, but even acting smartly like Reid did and drinking plenty of water it still drains you away. Better off keeping indoors and trying your hand at a section or two of that Brahms, Intermezzo, Reid….with a nice lemonade handy.

    This afternoon at the OES Youth Music Camp it was 100 degrees at 5PM (9% humidity). The students are keeping their trips rather brief between the music building and the theater hall. They are still full of enthusiasm, though, as I help teach a rhythm and drumming class – and of course as they make their dash to the cafeteria for lunch!

    This evening INSIDE the theater it was also hot – hot with wonderful performances by the camp staff! Starting with the Quintet in G minor by Mozart (Lisa Robertson/Margaret St. Peters/Mary Rowell/Patricia Potter/Loree McKenna), fine cello solos by Kevin Hekmatpanah & Chris Thomas, lovely soprano solos by Susan Darrington, Lezlee Flagg and Cheryl Carlson, a clarinet duet with Tiffany Rill and Katie Fetz, a fun jazz medley with Alan Feves on bass and Sandy Green on horn and finally ending with Popper’s Requim with Kevin, Loree and Chris on cello and Sheila Zilar on piano.

    As we leave the theatre at 10PM it is a nice 84 degrees and the staff is ambling off to the Rainbow for a “pint” or so – but back to HOT – I skipped the stop at the bar and am back at work frantically (well, actually WILL be in a moment after I check in with the world here and elsewhere) programming radios for our police and fire guys as we have several wildland fires in the area already this season. You think 107 is hot, try 107 while next to a raging forest fire making it 130 degrees or more!!!

    So much to do and all of this work getting in the way……….

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