“A Season of Symphonies” Meet the orchestras of the Northwest on NWPR

Robin Rilette, Music Director of Northwest Public Radio, has been a very busy person this summer. One by one, she’s tracked down almost every conductor of every orchestra in the region, and has been getting to know them and their bands. Her series, “A Season of Symphonies,” is now unfolding on NWPR, and is all […]

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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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You can get things fixed

Every community has its plusses and minuses, and Pendleton is no exception. Some of its strengths would be surprising were they not relatively well known- ie, that this town of 12,000 supports home-grown performances of Mahler symphonies. Its minuses- don’t think I’d report those here. What happens in Pendleton, stays in Pendleton…. Whatever its flaws […]

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Ken Woods Interviews Ken Woods, part III

Ken- We’re nearing the end of our very, very lengthy discussion with conductor Kenneth Woods about his performance last week of Elgar’s epic First Symphony with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Ken, you seemed very happy with the orchestra. Ken- I was delighted- there is a lot of accountability there in terms of preparation and motivation, they […]

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