Charting their own course

So this is where I went to work over the weekend-   Pretty sweet gig, eh????    These photos are of the interior quadrangle of the University of Glasgow, home of the Kelvin Ensemble. (Of course, speculation is wide-spread  in Pendleton that I am only posting pictures of these beautiful venues like the U of G and […]

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UPCOMING CONCERT- Kelvin Ensemble, Glasgow, Dec. 2nd 2006

UPCOMING CONCERT Kelvin Ensemble, Glasgow 15th Anniversary Concert – Saturday 2nd December 2006, 7.30pm – Bute Hall, University of Glasgow Conductor: Kenneth Woods Soloist: Veronika Toth (viola) Tommy Fowler – 15th Anniversary Commission “Repezzatura Barocco” Walton – Viola Concerto Dvorak – Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88 To reserve tickets for this concert please contact Louise […]

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Explore the Score: Dvorak- Symphony no. 8

  Dvorak 8 was the first score I ever went out and bought and subsequently tried to analyze. We had played the work in my youth orchestra under the guidance of James Smith, a truly great musician and orchestral trainer. I’d always been interested in conducting, but the transformation James had made in the orchestra […]

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Menuhin Hall

  This Saturday, the Surrey Mozart Players and I had the privilege of being one of the first orchestras to perform in the nearly brand-new Menuhin Hall, a beautiful 300-seat concert hall that just opened its doors in January. It’s always nice to test drive a car you can’t really afford, and this weekend was […]

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Concert Review- Surrey Mozart Players

From “Essential Reading,” November 19, 2006    The Concert with Kenneth Woods  And Bobby Chen Piano The American conductor Kenneth Woods offers a mature and thoughtful reading of another giant in music, namely Mozart. Working without baton, Kenneth Woods opened the evening with the Don Giovanni sequences for woodwind ensemble. Assembled in front of the podium were […]

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More Haydn

At a late hour, post concert, a few last minute thoughts on Haydn (again!).  With 104 symphonies to choose from, it would be easy to think that there is such a thing as a “Haydn Symphony.” That is, it musicians and audiences seem to think that there is a general “Haydn Symphony” sound world, that […]

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November Pontificating

Some random pontifications taken from recent podium chats…. On Scott Joplin- The history of 20th Century popular culture is really the history of American popular music, and the history of American popular music is really the history of black music. The musics that dominate today’s airwaves all over the world, whether it be hip-hop, rock, […]

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UPCOMING CONCERT- Surrey Mozart Players, November 18, Menuhin Hall

UPCOMING CONCERT Surrey Mozart Players Saturday, November 18, 2006 Menuhin Concert Hall, Menuhin School of Music Stoke d’Abernon, UK 7:30 PM Mozart (arr. Triebensee)- Harmonie Suite from Don Giovanni Mozart- Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major             Bobby Chen, piano Haydn- Symphony no. 99 in E-flat Major The Surrey Mozart Players are delighted to […]

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Listen harder

Endurance sessions of comparative listening are not for everyone’s taste, but, aided by sufficient quantities of libations and good company, it can be great fun, and certainly illuminating. It’s easy to fall into the trap of taste-testing, listening to a few cool bits of each version to see how they might stack up, but, with very few […]

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UCOMING CONCERT- Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, November 11, 2006

Upcoming Concert   Lancashire Chamber Orchestra Saturday November 11, 2006 7:30 PM St John’s Church, Altrincham Program- Mozart- Overture to “Cosi fan tutte” Britten- Les Illuminations             Nicola-Jane Kemp, soprano Haydn- Symphony no. 103 in E Flat Major “Drum Roll” Biography Nicola-Jane Kemp, mezzo-soprano  Nicola-Jane Kemp studied piano at Chetham’s School of Music, won a […]

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Halftime show part II

In part two of my halftime show, I want to have a quick look at some of the repertoire I’ve been working on since the season got started.                                                                                                     Popular as a few of his works are, I can scarcely think of a composer (other than Mendelssohn) who is more under-rated than Dvorak. Unlike Mendelssohn, […]

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