UPCOMING CONCERT- Hereford String Orchestra, June 30, 2007

UPCOMING CONCERT Hereford String Orchestra Saturday, June 30, 2007 8:00PM Leominster Priory, Leonminster Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor — Nicholas Gethin, cello Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major “Romantic” (ed. Haas – version of1881) Nicholas Gethin Cello   Nick Gethin (shown) started life as a modern linguist, but wisely changed direction […]

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Saturday with the SMP 4

Seven PM. Best thing about the Electric Theatre is that they have a great little café and bar. I had a fantastic mezze plate- lots of lovely homemade hummous, sundried tomatos, asparagus, fresh mozzarella and the like. I normally don’t eat before concerts, but if one must, that’s the perfect food. Also, you can sit […]

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Saturday with the SMP 2

This hall has wireless, so this is my first-ever mid-dress rehearsal blog post, which I thought would be an interesting exercise….  We’ve just finished the Shostakovich. We rehearse in a very loud, reverberant room, and this is a very dead, but clear hall. For the first five minutes or so, it was a total shock. […]

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A Shostakovich concert for one

Rostislav Dubinsky was the founding first violinist of the Borodin Quartet, who worked intimately with Shostakovich in preparing performances and recordings of all of his fifteen string quartets. I studied chamber music with him at Indiana University from 1986-8. Possibly the greatest concert I’ve ever been to was a performance of Shostakovich’s Blok Romances at […]

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Programming

Programming is a practice that falls somewhere in the cracks between high art, alchemy and sausage making. There are two kinds of decisions orchestras make that greatly overshadow all other concerns. 1-       What are we going to play 2-       Who’s going to play it Chances are, if an organization is struggling, they’re getting one of […]

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The ultimate test of musical genius

So… how does one identify true musical genius in the 21st Century? Is it a composer with a new harmonic vocabulary? A conductor with photographic memory? A violinist with perfect pitch? A pianist with ten brains for ten fingers? I, for one, look to poetry. Magnetic poetry. Dirty magnetic poetry…. Is there any other kind? […]

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