NQHO Sampler

I’ve written here before about the unique sonic qualities of the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra. The NQHO have updated their website, and have now created a podcast highlighting the the timbres of the individual instruments as used in the band, complete with demos of each of the wind and brass instruments by NQHO players on […]

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Back to Oxford

I’ve come across an interesting blog that is new to me, Michael Monroe’s MMmusings. A recent post called “Saving the Best for First,” caught my attention because it alluded to a post of mine about Haydn’s Symphony no. 92, the “Oxford.” Thanks to Michael for the shout out. As a matter of fact, my much […]

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Schvitzing

How could it take me so long to stumble upon this gem in the New York Times- “A Little More Sweat, Maestro.” ?   Who is the sweatiest conductor? Answer below! (Photo assembly from the New York Times) It has long been postulated that the aerobic benefits of conducting were the key factor in the […]

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Codas and transitions

Just a reminder to our friends in South Wales and the Marches that tonight is the HSO concert with Suzanne playing the Mendelssohn. Also on the program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 and Schubert’s Fourth Symphony, one sunny one tragic, one C major, one C minor. This being a Ken concert, you can guess which […]

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UCPOMING CONCERT- HSO, November 24, 2007

What better topic for Thanksgiving, when none of our American friends are reading, than a concert announcement for our UK audience? UPCOMING CONCERT Hereford String Orchestra Saturday, November 24, 2007 7:30 PM Holy Trinity Church Hereford Program-Mozart- Symphony no. 34 in C Major Mendelssohn- Violin Concerto in E minor      Suzanne Casey, violin Schubert- Symphony […]

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Quote of the month

This is possibly my favorite post concert comment ever, courtesy of Tom (thanks for dinner, Tom!!!!) “You could hear everyone onstage and, you know, there wasn’t any weird shit going on” I loved that! This came out of my mouth this morning in reference to a former colleague and made me smile as I was […]

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Recent comments

We were rehearsing one of the developmental episodes in the last mvt of Beethoven 8 last night (the march section), and were having some ensemble problems. It’s normal in passages with repeated staccato notes for players to suffer varying degrees of rushy-ness. So, I had the cellos and basses do the section without conductor, which […]

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UPCOMING CONCERT- Oregon East Symphony, November 17, 2007

UPCOMING CONCERT Oregon East Symphony Oregon East Symphony Preparatory Orchestra Saturday November 17th, 2007 7:30 PM Vert Auditorium Pendleton, Oregon Leandro Espinosa– Movement for Strings (World Premiere) Leandro Espinosa, conducting Dvorak- Serenade for Winds Beethoven Symphony no. 8 in F Major    (Combined OES and OES Preparatory Orchestra) Composer Leandro Espinosa, Music Director of the […]

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