RCCO: The pre-game show

There are some pieces that are great fun to perform, but perhaps not that rewarding to work on. These tend to be works that are high on adrenaline and testosterone that need a big arc of energy, but that perhaps don’t present a lot of opportunities for in depth tweaking and exploration. For me, the […]

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RCCO- Schubert and Haydn

Just a quick reminder that the Rose City Chamber Orchestra is performing tomorrow, Sunday September 28th at 3 PM at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church. Directions and information are available at the RCCO website, and tickets are available at the door. I mentioned earlier that this program has felt cursed all along. We picked what we thought […]

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Haydn the Subversive

There is an interesting piece in Slate magazine today comparing Haydn and Mozart, which is well worth a read. The author, Erik Tarloff, has some very nice and valid points, however I still think that looking at Haydn primarily as a composer of reason and balance actually misses a crucial aspect of his artistic personality. […]

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Redneck Mahler Post Game Show

I’m enjoying a fairly quiet day between concert sequences- Our redneck Mahler 4 is now history and tomorrow rehearsals start up for the Rose City Chamber Orchestra performance on Sunday. Later today I’ll take the evening to study and make sure I’m focused on the right Haydn symphony. It was a really great weekend in […]

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Schirmer watch

Just for those of you curious about these things….  It’s now one day short of a week since the wrong edition of Bruckner 7 arrived at the offices of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra. In spite of daily calls and emails to the Schirmer office informing them of the problem and then informing them of our cancellation […]

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At the crossroads

One of the coolest things about life as a travelling musician is getting to experience the unique quirks and qualities of different communities. I’ve worked in Pendleton for what seems like a very long time, but the community remains mysterious in many ways. Pendleton is the kind of town  where someone can move her at […]

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Various items

Things are a little chaotic this week with the OES Mahler 4 coming up, so this post will be rather random. First- thanks to everyone at Wilmslow Symphony for a great first concert together on Saturday. I appreciated the friendly vibe, but I really appreciated the quite smokin’ performance of Pictures. Well done, everyone! Second- […]

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To G. Schirmer with love-

The plucky little chamber orchestra is a labor of love for the musicians, who started it themselves so they would have a chance to do interesting repertoire with conductors they wanted to work with. One project they’ve latched onto is performing all of the major arrangements of the Society for Private Musical Performances founded by […]

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The coach goes to his bench….

I recently conducted a concert where nearly half the members of the regular wind section were missing for a variety of reasons. In a Beethoven sized group, we had completely different horn, trumpet and flute sections, and were missing our usual principal bassoonist. The night after our first rehearsal I came upon a late-night broadcast […]

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