KCYO ’08- the first rehearsal

I began my third visit to the Kent County Youth Orchestra very aware of how much had changed since I last saw them. I still remember driving in for my first rehearsal at the now-defunct Bedgebury School- a huge, idyllic campus catering to the likes of Peaches Geldof. Ashford School, the ochestra’s new home, is […]

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Back in Bloch

I was so glad to discover this post on Ernest Bloch today at On An Overgrown Path. Although, especially with the Schubert C Major Quintet (right up there with the Matthew Passion of Bach for greatest achievement of any kind  by any human being in history in my book), I have to express moderate scepticism […]

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technical issues

Hi everyone As you can see, we’re having some problems with corruption of this blog’s database. I’m sorry it is giving you all problems.  Apparently this is a major bug affecting about 100,000 webpages hosted by Yahoo. They hope to have something done about it within a few days. Meanwhile, I’m sorry, and I’m hoping […]

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Elgar thread….

Interesting discussion of the Elgar brouhaha brought to my attention at Okayplayer, including this…. Sure, we go back and forth on the merits of demerits of this or that producer, Nas’ terrible choice of beats or the question of novelty vs. talent… But classical music heads proved they can be just as bitchy as any of […]

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Brahms Double-

On to happier thoughts. I thought it would either be rather interesting or completely, mind-crushingly dull to chart my preparation, in all it’s mundane quirkiness of a specific work or two this year. So, still moving a bit slow from the long trip to America, I’ve begun to try to get back at music for […]

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Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop in the Sunday Oregonian

Conducting schools are relatively scarce so four years ago, Kenneth Woods decided to start a workshop in Portland, where students could continue to acquire the technical and musical skill needed for a conducting career. Some aspects are easily learned, others not. Last week, student conductors came from around the world to Lewis & Clark College […]

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