The curse of video

We’re reaching the end of application season for the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop this year (Discovery Program applications are due June 7, and we have 2 spaces open in Emerging Artists due to cancellations). This means I’ve just finished watching a lot of videos of a lot of conductors. Generally speaking, I think video […]

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Review- Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra

A review of Sunday’s CSO concert from the Cheltenham Echo/Citizen by Roger Jones    Kenneth Woods revealed a strong empathy for Vaughan Williams’ music in his introduction to the composer’s Fifth Symphony. He followed this up with a convincing performance of this major work which, although composed during World War II, seems to hark back to […]

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Cheltenham Symphony Post Concert

Sunday May 24, 2009 Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra Vaughan Williams- Symphony no.5 Tchaikovsky- Variations on a Rococo Theme James Barralet, cello Schumann- Symphony no. 2 This program isn’t an obvious one- I’m not sure many people would think to put Schumann and Vaughan Williams symphonies on the same concert. However, the more we lived with the […]

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Ensemble Epomeo in the news

A nice piece in today’s Newburyport Current on Ensemble Epomeo and our upcoming concert at the Newburyport  Chamber Music Festival.   It’s never easy getting face time with David Yang. The artistic director of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival since its inception seven years ago, Yang is also an in-demand performer, the leader of the […]

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Interview- KW’s shady past

In preparation for my upcoming appearance at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, I did an interview with local journalist JC Lockwood. JC was particularly interested in my background in rock n roll, and my long descent in the dark groupie infested, drug crazed world of classical chamber music.  JCL- You know, I laugh every time […]

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Concert- Ensemble Epomeo in Rode

Ensemble Epomeo Byron Wallis- violin David Yang- viola Kenneth Woods- cello Sunday, 17 May, 2009 7:30 PM Christchurch House, Rode PROGRAMME Hans Krasa (1899 –1944) Tanec (Dance) for String Trio (1944) Alan Hovaness String Trio op 201 I. Adagio II. Allegro III. Lento Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) String Trio (1985) I. Moderato II. Adagio –Interval— Gideon […]

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Ischia Festival Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Ischia Festival Chamber Orchestra Elgar- Serenade for Strings Mozart- Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola Byron Wallis- violin, David Yang-viola We had a very good crowd for this evening’s chamber orchestra concert. In fact, concert attendance has been good all week- a testament to Aldo’s tireless efforts to raise the profile […]

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To be (a group) or not to be (a group)

As many of readers will remember, I’m working this week at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival. I’m in residence here with my colleagues from my string trio, Ensemble Epomeo. (Mount Epomeo from the Covo dei Borboni, home of Ischia Chamber Music Festival) Of course, we’re called Ensemble Epomeo because the group came together here on […]

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Shostakovich Chamber Symphony op 83a- final thoughts…

I’m feeling almost too busy to think this week, but I really, really wanted to share a few final thoughts on Shostakovich, Barshai and the op83a Chamber Symphony we performed in Guildford on Saturday. I’m generally very open to arrangements and transcriptions, as were Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Liszt and Ravel. I see nothing at […]

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Guest Blog- Yang on Epomeo

Hi Everyone-I’m frantically packing for Ischia (and trying to get my cello chops back after a busy few months of stick waving and not  much practice), and internet access in Ischia is unpredictable. New blog posts may be scarce for a while, we’ll see. Meanwhile, my colleague in Ensemble Epomeo, David Yang, has some wise and funny words […]

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2009 Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop Discovery Program

Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop Discovery Program Welcoming Composers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Music Librarians, Undergraduate Conductors, Amateurs, Music Educators, Scholars www.rosecityworkshop.org Priority Application Deadline June 7, 2009 We all know that the conducting world is very hard to break into- there are scarcely enough opportunities for current and would-be full-time conductors to get experience and feedback. […]

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Intermission

Intermission So far so good- Ives really came together. I think it would be even better with a bigger string section- it’s very much a chamber orchestra work, but I think the end could be softer with 16 firsts than it can with 6 or 8. This is a fundamental truth that most people don’t […]

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