A Fierce Farewell

Friday night I conducted Orchestra of the Swan in a program of Mozart- Symphony no. 13 Haydn- Cello Concerto in C Major (Nick Stringfellow, cello) Mendelssohn- Songs Without Words Haydn- Symphony no. 34 (“The Farewell”) I had the makings of a lengthy and thoughtful blog post about this concert swirling in my head for hours […]

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Survey Says…..

I can’t really say a big enough thank you to everyone who weighed in with their ideas on the program order for my upcoming Helix Ensemble concert. I had my first rehearsal with the band yesterday, and talked to the orchestra about about the issue, and interestingly, a couple of issues came up that didn’t […]

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Taking a survey

Okay, I’m taking a survey, so please respond via comments. I have the following (wonderful) program coming up in a couple of weeks. In chronological order Haydn- Symphony no. 60 “In Distratto” Beethoven- Symphony no. 4 Sawyers- Symphony no 2 The question is- what order would you like to see us present this program in? […]

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Review- Ensmeble Epomeo @ Newburyport Chamber Music Festival

    A nice review from Newburyport Arts Journal of Ensemble Epomeo’s June 6 performance at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival-   …It’s hard to believe anyone felt less than sigh-and-snuggle-before-rolling-over-and-lighting-up-a-smoke satisfied after the Trio Epomeo’s June 6 performance for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Except, perhaps, for the Schnittke fans, who, once they got […]

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The 20 Second Rule

The concept is an ancient one- even in the Ice Age, bear pelt wearing maestri who conducted with mammoth teeth were instructed to talk little, stop rarely and let the other cave men play their saber tooth flutes in rehearsal. However, it was my friend, bassoonist extraordinaire Chris MacFarlane who gave this practice a name- “The […]

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