How to find me on google

The software that runs this whole blog/website business allows me to find out what search engines people used to reach my site, and what their search phrases were. Not surprisingly, most searches are things like “Kenneth Woods, conductor” or “conductor blog woods.”  Today was a new one-  “podium sex”  Do I now have to go through […]

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KCYO Stage Two

Day three of KCYO, and I’m well knackered. At this point, I can report the orchestra is getting better, even getting fantastic in places. I can also report my wasp sting seems to be getting worse- the giant red welt that I didn’t get on Monday has appeared today, and is swelling and getting itchier […]

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KCYO Stage One

This is my second visit to the Kent County Youth Orchestra. I was here in the spring of 2005 and did a huge program with them- Shostakovich Tenth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and the Liadov Eight Russian Folks Songs. I’ve been looking forward to seeing them again all summer.  I spent the night before […]

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Error in the skies

Here’s an important piece from Steven Isserlis on the ever-worsening travel situation for musicians in and out of Britain. Let me state this clearly- these new rules have nothing to do with safety. I’ve been through several worst case scenarios with airlines because of my cello over the years- it’s led to missed flights, lost […]

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Fortune has turned

A new review of the recently-release chamber music CD “Fortune Has Turned,” which is a collection of chamber works by American composer Chris Lastovica. We recorded my parts in one night about 5 years ago in Cincinnati- my contribution was really profoundly minimal, but I do like the piece. You can hear a sample of our […]

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Upcoming Concert- Kent County Youth Orchestra, September 2nd, 2006

September 2 2006, 7:30 PM Mote Hall, Maidstone  Kent County Youth Orchestra Kenneth Woods, conductor Programme- Smetana- Die Moldau Dvorak- Noonday Witch Martinu- Memorial to Lidice Rachmaninoff- Symphony no. 2 KENT COUNTY YOUTH ORCHESTRA (KCYO) President- Sir Simon Rattle CEB Patron- Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE Since its formation in 1963, Kent County Youth Orchestra […]

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Blondes

Best first six paragraphs in an article I’ve read in a long time, from this piece in Salon today-  “Three blondes have albums coming out in August: Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and … yes, Paris Hilton, have already dropped their various single droppings into the Clear Channel pop airwaves, with full albums following.  This raises […]

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Connections

One thing I like about blogging is that I can feel free to contradict myself.  “Concerts matter.   We’ve got to deliver. The best way to advance classical music is to give better concerts.”  Thus spake me….  I still believe that, but there are many examples of conductors of great skill who were beloved by their […]

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Delivering

In my post yesterday I was trying to make the point that when you compare top conductor salaries to other persons in elite positions throughout the professional world, they don’t look so massive. Also I made the point that in professional orchestras, the difference between front-line employees (orchestral musicians) and top management (MD and ED) […]

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Ullmann String Quartet No. 3

Contrary to popular perception, I believe that relevance is one of the great strengths of classical music. At it’s best, music can reflect human experience at it’s most personal, most historic, most universal, most tragic and most humorous. Because it is unhampered by the limitations of written language- where the most powerful words tend to […]

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Signifying ?

I want to thank A.C. Douglas, host of the always-readable blog Sounds and Fury for adding me to his blogroll this week. Mr. Douglas has a particular interest and expertise in the music of Wagner, and his post today does have a Wagner angle, but it’s most interesting for the way in which he captures […]

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What is Zen conducting?

I seem to have a habit of referring to some conductors as Zen masters, and a friend recently asked what the hell I mean by this. First, though a disclaimer- I would never begin to claim any particular philosophical experitise or deep understanding of the true tenants of Zen Buddhism. Any real practitioner will surely recognize […]

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