RCICW Reminder

A quick reminder that today, Sat Mar 22nd is the priority application deadline for the 2008 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop. You can apply online via the RCICW website. The RCICW is now the first conducting institute to go post free- applicants may submit their videos via webhosting services (including personal websites, YouTube, etc) or […]

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Samuel Miles Woods

Hi everyone- I usually eschew the autobiography here, but wanted to just put the happy word out that Samuel Miles Woods (our first) was born on Monday, the 17th of March at 5:30 PM. His Irish  grandfather was very proud of him coming on St Patrick’s Day.    A true conductor’s son, he seemed to happily […]

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Gordon Downie Interview comments

I’ve decided to remove the discussion and comments from the individual segments of my interview with Gordon Downie, and to anthologize them all here in a single post. Regrettably, a few comments did not measure up to our house standards of civil discourse and have been deleted completely, but I think readers will agree that […]

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Live-blogging SMP Concert II

We’re on our break. Not many surprises so far, and most of the surprises are for the good.  B5 is an especially hard piece to rehearse on the day of a concert, because it is very hard to “mark” it at all, especially for the strings- you often really have to go all out or it doesn’t […]

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B5- Take the repeat!

Time limits are mitigating against me writing too much this week about B5 preparations with the Surrey Mozart Players, but I am getting excited about the concert and hoping that I’m able to be there for it (more on that next week). There is good news for the orchestra- the concert is sold out (that’s […]

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CMEW wrap-up

I’m sorry not to have written sooner about my weekend with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales, something I can only attribute to the combined effects of being very tired from it and very busy since it. In the end, I loved every piece on we did- it was a great and diverse program. I […]

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B5- The bands

I can’t help but smile at the fact that less than 24 hours after finishing my concert with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales, I was rehearsing Beethoven 5 and the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Surrey Mozart Players. Preparing the ultimate “warhorse” piece at the same time as a preparing four very little known […]

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Mefano- Interferences

I’ve been putting a lot of work in on Paul Mefano’s Intererences in the run up to this weekends sessions. Because of the open form techniques Gordon described in Part II of our interview, the notation is about as thorny as it gets. The challenge for the conductor is in managing the intersection of events […]

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