Discovering Music

As we approach next week’s broadcast of the new Discovering Music show on the Nielsen Flute Concerto, we thought it would be nice to make available some older episodes as podcasts. The current episode is on the general topic of Impressionism. There’s a lovely performance of Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faun at the […]

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OES Fire- Two weeks on

Please, please give what you can to the OES Fire Renewal Fund.  (Flames break through the office roof) Well, it’s been two weeks since the fire hit. I don’t think anyone in the organization can believe it, as none of us has been able to catch a breath during that whole time. We’ve raised a […]

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We love YouTube

We’d like to invite any regular readers to visit YouTube and search for Mahler.  We found out today that for some bizarre reason, the number 1 search result on YouTube for Mahler is the first mvt. of Kindertotenlieder with me conducting baritone Jesus Suaste and the State of Mexico Symphony. Bernstein is number 2, Simon […]

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Correct terminology

One of the recent news items on the OES fire said that “the orchestra takes pride in describing itself as “the most remotely situated full symphony orchestra on the planet.”” Actually, that nickname is just the legacy of a long-forgotten newspaper writer. The actual members of the orchestra and I refer to the orchestra, with […]

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Fire blog links

    We’ve tried to gather all the blog posts we could find so far on the symphony fire. The list is sure to be incomplete, and we’ll edit and update as we learn of other postings. Getting the word out about the situation is job no. 1 right now- if we can make a good, quick […]

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Fire- the reaction so far

Click here to make a donation to the OES Fire Renewal Fund using PayPal. It has been a very interesting study to see the range of reactions we’ve had from around the country to the recent fire at the OES offices. It’s been depressing, but not surprising, to see how an event like this plays […]

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Fire Fund Donation Page

We’ve set up a stopgap page where people can make donations to the Oregon East Symphony Fire Renewal Fund. The page is currently being hosted on my website’s server, as the OES is locked out of our site until at least Wednesday, but if you click the donation button, it takes you through to PayPal where the […]

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Inside the office

    This is the main work area of the office and the meeting space for the board, as it appears without walls or a roof      All that remains of my office. It has been doing double service as a nap room for Michelle’s 4-month-old daughter while I’m away- that is Miranda’s cradle swing in […]

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More on the Elgar fiasco

When I read at Jessica Duchen’s blog that “Stephen King argues that poor old Edu should never have been on the £20 note at all and represents ‘a peculiar celebration of mediocrity,’” I thought “That’s it! I’m burning all my King novels.”  Then I read on and realized that “this Stephen King is head of […]

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Cello Rescue

        The Arts and Community editor at the East Oregonian asked me if we could do a story on the recovery of my cello from the fire at the Oregon East Symphony offices. This is what I sent her.  My first thought was that the situation was too serious for anything resembling […]

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Fire fallout

A very quick update from Pendleton…  The implications for the orchestra are far worse than we initially feared, due to problems with the orchestra’s insurance and liability issues with the buildings owners. Our insurance company and that of the building’s owners may be sparring for some time over who is responsible for the costs. It may […]

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Blaze guts city block (East Oregonian)

  Blaze guts Eagles Lodge, adjoining businessesBy SAMANTHA BATES and PHIL WRIGHT of the East Oregonian PENDLETON – Firefighters battled a blaze that destroyed half a block of downtown Thursday afternoon.More than 20 firefighters sprayed water from the ground and from atop ladders in an fervent effort to fight back the flames that consumed the […]

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Britain’s Birthday Insult to Edward Elgar

In one of the most shocking examples of a complete lack of respect for a nation’s cultural heritage I’ve come accross in some time, the British government has announced it is taking Elgar’s face off the 20 pound note in his 150th anniversary year. Classy. Story by Jessica Duchen here

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