Okay, I admit it…. I take a certain personal pride in this episode of “quote of the week….” “I haven’t played that loud since the last time I played for you.” It was meant as a compliment, I think. I certainly took it as one.
The last time I was in Pendleton before this week was for our performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Jorja Fleezanis in February, a memorable week for all concerned. Funny that the week I return to Pendleton is the week she returns to the Elgar, this time with the Minnesota Orchestra and Neville Mariner. […]
I’m feeling a little frustrated at my current blogging output- it is just that time of year when one has to answer emails or one doesn’t work in the year to come…. Oh yes, there is also music to learn…. I’ve already shared a few thoughts about Brahms 1 in expectation of this week’s Oregon […]
Today was the annual youth orchestra school concert tour- three schools in three tiny towns to the north of Pendleton this year. This is a project we have undertaken in each of the six years since we started the orchestra, and, even more so than in past seasons, I found the day interesting, rewarding and […]
Travel is an inescapable part of life as a freelance conductor, and over the years I have flown hundreds of thousands of miles on Northwest Airlines, the only airline with service from Cardiff to Pendleton. My history with Northwest has not always been a happy one- I used to call them Northworst in honor of […]
Just one last reminder that tonight is the night for the broadcast of my recent concert with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales on this week’s edition of Hear and Now on BBC Radio 3. The concert is hosted by writer, critic and broadcaster Ivan Hewett and can be heard this Saturday, April 19th at 10:30 PM […]
For the curious, keen and bored- here is the latest Oregon East Symphony promotional spot. Is this the future of marketing?
The musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra are happy to announce a second selection round for the 2008 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, July 21-27 in Portland, Oregon. Interested conductors should submit their applications, including postmarking any materials that are being mailed, by May 7, 2008. Workshop faculty include David Hoose from Boston University, […]
My March 9th concert with the Contemporary Music Ensemble of Wales will be broadcast this coming Saturday, April 19th, 2008 at 10:30 PM GMT. You can listen online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 live, and the show will be archived on the Radio 3 website for one week from the date of the broadcast. In addition […]
It is long past time that I write a bit about music, and at the risk of boring you to tears, I thought it might be interesting to talk a bit about the private and arcane world of score study. In expectation of Sam’s arrival, I managed to keep about a month free of concerts. […]
For regular readers who have been irritated and distressed at the relatively slow pace of posts this month, take heart- a proper blog post full of wonky musical nonsense is on its way. However, while reading the paper this afternoon, I came across this gem in today’s Independent. The Barbican has been forced to cancel […]
It is snowing in Cardiff- are we having April fools day a week late this year? I tried to keep a window of time clear this year to have time to help out with Sam after his arrival. Since I travel so much of the time, I always tend to enjoy extended interludes at home […]
For those of you who followed the suprising controversy surrounding my interview with composer Gordon Downie with interest, his orchestral work “forms 6: event aggregates” will be the featured work on this week’s Pre-Hear on BBC Radio 3. The show is at 9:45 PM GMT on Saturday, April 5 and can be heard via the […]
I thought it would be appropriate in celebrating Gerhard’s accomplishments as both a performer and composer to cobble together a podcast showcasing some of his recordings. This is by no means a comprehensive selection, but more of a grab bag of some of my favourites from my own collection. Sadly omitted is his groundbreaking recording […]