School’s out for summer

I find May to be the strangest time of year for me professionally, as it hangs in this netherworld between the concert-season/school-year and the summer-festival season. In fact, one often experiences the cognitive dissonance of doing a summer festival in early May, then returning home to do a subscription concert afterwards. It can be a […]

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KZ concert report

We don’t do reviews here at Vftp (part of my “glass houses” policy), but I thought the odd concert report might allowable. Most musicians and music lovers have their own version of “the list.” That is the list of performers you want to catch before they or you die. I’ve done okay on some counts, […]

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Classical goes naked

Well- the classical world has finally caught on to the sheer power of naked. Hot on the heels of my naked recital post and related commentary, tonight on Channel 4’s “How To Look Good Naked,” the conductor and musicians of Stratford’s Orchestra of the Swan put themselves forward for the Gok treatment. Will they take […]

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Quote of the day

“Otto Klemperer, Sir Adrian Boult, Carlo Maria Giulini and Walter Legge made up the panel which awarded James Loughran the first prize of the televised final of the Philharmonia Conducting Competition in 1961. They seem as gods on Olympus in comparison to the preening nonentities who nowadays people TV adjudication panels.”   Re-blogged from a […]

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Post of the day

Jen, over at Adventures of an Idaho Violist, has my post of the day on the perils of “wearwotchulike” gigs. Most gigs are great, because I can just slap on some black clothing, and be done with it, with little to no thought required. But something challenging like ‘whatever you want’ is more pressure filled, […]

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Fleezanis Elgar Reviews-

There was so much interest in earlier pieces about Jorja’s Elgar Violin Concerto with us in Pendleton and then the Minnesota Orchestra last week, that I thought I would post some reviews. First, Larry Fuchsberg in the Star Tribue writes- Though Fleezanis has only lately taken up the Elgar concerto, she seems to have this […]

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Thoughts in the twilight of a season

I returned from Pendleton last week as always experiencing a combination of euphoria, exhaustion, frustration, gratitude and buzzing from the experience. Every concert has its strengths and weaknesses- I thought this was one of our most coherent and focused performances, good in ways that reflect a long collaboration between conductor and orchestra. Concert weekends with […]

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