“Hey buddy! Does that there sarrusophone have a volume knob on it?” or “Can wind players do dynamics?”

This Friday I’m conducting the winds of the English Symphony Orchestra in a program of wind ensemble masterpieces by Hans Gál, Mozart and Dvorák. You should come- it’s going to be fantastic! It’s no secret I’m a cellist, so I have grown up outside the wind ensemble tradition (although the wonderful Dvorák Wind Serenade actually […]

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Explore the Score- Shostakovich (arr. Barshai): Chamber Symphony, opus 110a

  NEXT PERFORMANCE 13 May, 2015 7:30 PM English String Orchestra Kenneth Woods- principal conductor Elgar Concert Hall,  Birmingham University, B15 2T Shostakovich (arr. Barshai)- Chamber Symphony opus 110a (String Quartet no. 8) Shostakovich- Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings Clare Hammond-piano, Simon Desbruslais- trumpet Geoffrey Gordon- Saint Blue for Piano, Trumpet and Strings (World Premiere) […]

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Slatkin at 70- Happy Birthday, Leonard

I’m sorry- there’s simply no way that Leonard Slatkin is 70 years old. For many, many American conductors and orchestral musicians of my generation, Leonard was the first superstar conductor who seemed of our time and of our culture. Before Leonard, conductors were mostly mute, brooding, enigmatic figures with accents and capes. Even that other famous Leonard […]

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