Clock Tower 4

Exhausting work this morning on Shostakovich Quintet and Faure Piano Quartet. The Shostakovich is getting better and better, and we’re certainly getting more unified in our approach, but it is unforgivingly difficult and very hard to pull off musically. I don’t think we’ve quite answered the tempo questions yet, but we’re progressing in a more unified […]

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Clock Tower 3

Not much to report today. We had a really positive and exciting rehearsal on the Dvorak Piano Quintet this morming. The textures are getting clearer and the shape of the whole work is starting to come through. Such fun to play, especially when we don’t wallow in it. Cello and I are feeling less estranged. […]

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Clock Tower

Just completed my first day at the Clocktower Chamber Music Festival in Durango, Colorado. The festival is the brainchild of violinist Mikayla Myers McTeer and pianist Lisa Campi. Lisa is a dear friend and one of my oldest and closest musical associates. We’ve known each other nearly 20 years and have played together in all […]

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The RCICW

I’m heading back to Oregon this week for one of my favorite projects of the year. From June 22-25, I’ll be working with two outstanding colleagues as director of the Rose City International Conductors Workshop in Portland, Oregon. This workshop was the brainchild of the musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, a player-run orchestra who […]

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Getting there is half the fun part 3

Left early today for Lancashire Chamber Orchestra concert via Hereford where our dog will be spending the night. The car is actually quite comical- Suzanne, Steve and I and Murphy (the dog) with all of Steve’s travelling gear (he’s been in Europe for a couple of weeks, now) and his guitar. Steve is smashed in […]

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Getting there is half the fun part 2

Steve and I go through his two pieces today. One is a world premiere by Gerald Garcia called Heart of the Rose, a concerto in three movements for strings and guitar. It’s a little pop for my usual tastes, but it makes up for it with a lot of fresh humor and very good virtuoso writing for the guitar. I’m […]

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Getting there is half the fun

Meeting Steve Thackuk at the train station this afternoon. Steve is a wonderful guitarist and twin brother of one of my best friends from my Cincinnati years, Brad Thackuk (who is a fine conductor). Steve will be soloing on this weekend’s Lancashire Chamber Orchestra Concert. I’m looking ahead at my calendar for the next few […]

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