Radio 3- Dancing the Apocalypse

Run, don’t walk, to your computer to listen to this wonderful feature on Ravel’s La Valse  on BBC iPlayer until Friday this week. Called “Dancing the Apocalypse” it’s about as good as the BBC gets at really getting to grips with a major piece of music. Bravo to host Tom Service, and the excellent gang […]

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Post-concert Prokofian thoughts and great composer rivalries

The big topic of conversation this week has been the 5th and final Prokofiev Piano Concerto, which I conducted on Saturday night with Daniel de Borah and the Surrey Mozart Players. Many of you will have already seen the review, which came out yesterday. The reviewer was quite right to point out the incredible difficulty […]

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Review- Surrey Mozart Players, 28 March, 2009

  Review- Surrey Mozart Players, 28 March, 2009  United Reformed Church, Guildford    DE BORAH, WOODS AND MOZART PLAYERS ASTONISH WITH PROKOFIEV-     Maestro Kenneth Woods led the Surrey Mozart Players into powerful battle on Saturday March 28th. They took on a formidable task—-Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto, a rarely performed work of prodigious difficulty.  […]

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Prokofiev on Prokofiev

Serge Prokofiev, writing about the Fifth Piano Concerto in his Autobiography-   If we discount the Fourth Concerto for left hand, more than ten years had passed since I had written a piano concerto. Since then my conception of the treatment of this form had changed somewhat, some new ideas had occurred to me (a […]

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A week to remember or forget?

What a week it has been. It’s Friday afternoon here at Vftp Headquarters, the first moment of relative peace and quiet I’ve had in what seems like a long time. This little respite is squeezed between the Ensemble Epomeo concert last night and the HSO concert tomorrow. Concerts always bring their fair share of drama […]

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On being a musician

You’re not here to become an entertainer, and you don’t have to sell yourself. The truth is you don’t have anything to sell; being a musician isn’t about dispensing a product, like selling used Chevies. I’m not an entertainer; I’m a lot closer to a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue worker. You’re here to become […]

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5th Annual Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop

www.rosecityworkshop.org admin@rosecityworkshop.org The musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, a 501 c.3 non-profit organization, are proud to announce the 5th Annual Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop, July 20-26, 2009 on the campus of Lewis and Clark College in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Each summer, emerging talents from around the world come to Portland for a […]

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Mahler 5- on the way home

No time for a proper blog here at Seattle Airport, and in all honesty, I think it’s too soon to try to sum up such a memorable, exciting and exhausting weekend. I was so glad that Pendleton came out and supported us for this concert- our best crowd in a long time, and an instant, […]

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Mahler 5 pre-concert thoughts

It’s the morning of our Mahler 5 concert, and, predictably, I’ve been too busy to blog for the last few days as we’ve been putting the program together. We had a good dress rehearsal last night, and I think we’re in good shape for the performance. It’s always interesting how much you learn and adapt […]

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