A certain degree of luminosity

David Hoose- “Brahms Double…. You know, I’ve always thought of that as a rather “brown” work.” Kenneth Woods- “Really… I’ve always thought of it as red, even though I know it’s kind of a thorny and problematic piece.” David Hoose- “Well, that’s good. Red…. That, at least, already implies a certain degree of luminosity. I’m […]

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A bit strung out…

I’ve moved a few miles up the East Coast, from Newark, Delaware to Boston, and from chamber music to a bit of concerto playing: Brahms Double with Suzanne. It’s quite a paradigm shift, especially at an early rehearsal. A wise teacher once told me that one shouldn’t follow the orchestra too much at the first […]

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Delaware Master Players Concert

My busy and brief visit to the University of Delaware is nearly over. Showtime arrived last night after two days of rehearsals, and, in spite of foul fall weather, we drew a very nearly full house. Mitchell Hall is a marvelous venue for chamber music- nice acoustics, beautiful Georgian architectural features and a cozy feel […]

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Chamber Music in Delaware-

Tomorrow night I’m playing in a concert that is part of the Master Players chamber music series at the University of Delaware in Newark. This is the fifth year of this series, which was founded by violinist and U of D faculty member Xiang Gao, and it’s become quite a starry affair. Later this year, […]

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Quote of the week

In any normal week, this would have been the easy winner of “quote of the week.” At the end of my “words on music” session with the Gulf Coast Symphony, one of the audience paid me this rather unusual compliment. I’d sort of assumed that the folks that come to these things are the real […]

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Two pre-concert talks

Well, it’s nearly show time in Biloxi. The week has flown by between rehearsals, a brief trip up to Birmingham and way too much MSNC. Part of my time was spent giving two “Words on Music” lectures to local music lovers. The first took place at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.   I must […]

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