29 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
This is the second of two posts kicking off the musical conversation we’re calling The Listening Room. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, click here to get caught up . Yesterday, Judd and I discussed the first work on this month’s featu...
28 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
As previously announced , today marks the kickoff of a blog-based project we’re calling The Listening Room . It’s sort of a like a musical book club, and here’s how it works: over the next few months, we’ll announce specific recordings that Judd...
23 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
You guys, this is just the craziest thing I’ve ever read. It’s… well, I’m not even really sure what it is, or was, back when it was written in 1921, but as soon as regular commenter EmilyLiz brought it to my attention, I knew I had to share. I...
21 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
Sarah and I are already well into the planning process for our next set of ItC concerts in late January, and early this week, we reach the critical stage when everything needs to be firmed up and final, at least as far as the orchestra’s part ...
17 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
Back at the beginning of this fall, I promised to sit down with our newly named concertmaster, Erin Keefe, and have a conversation about who she is and how she came to be here with us. This week, Erin’s work schedule and mine had finally settled...
15 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
First of all, big thanks to everyone who came to our Inside the Classics concerts this past weekend! I was particularly nervous about this show, partly because I had to play a solo viola work in front of my MN Orch colleagues in the middle of it...
11 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
It’s that time of the fall again – our first Inside the Classics concert of the season goes up this Friday and Saturday night (which you could probably have predicted by the fact that this blog went utterly silent more than a week ago as Sarah...
1 Nov 2011
Inside the Classics
I spend lots of time, much more than I’d like, talking about nomenclature — the terms we use for various elements of the musical universe I inhabit. Very often, these terms are highly charged and nearly political in their implication. (So when I...
31 Oct 2011
North Carolina Symphony Blog
Spanish composers Sarasate and Falla as well as French composers Bizet, Charbrier, and Massenet were inspired by the spice and rhythm of Spanish music.  To be performed in  Southern Pines on November 3, Raleigh on November 4 and Wilmington on Nove...
30 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
It’s been a whirlwind week for the orchestra, and a bit discombobulating as well. Last Monday and Tuesday, we rehearsed in Minneapolis for a concert that we would play for the first time at Carnegie Hall. (This was a switch from the norm – every...
27 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
It’s been another busy couple of weeks, but I’ve been trying to keep up with everything that’s going on the music world at large. I generally just skim the gloomy news that seems so prevalent in the orchestra world and move on (hey, there’s o...
25 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
The orchestra’s getting ready to fly to New York tomorrow for a performance at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night, and on top of that, I’m so slammed with work and practicing at the moment that I feel like I don’t even have time to breathe, let alo...
19 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
We’re working this week with conductor Robert Spano and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg , both of whom have been here multiple times before, but neither of whom we’ve seen in at least a few years. Nadja is tackling one of my favorite new-ish ...
19 Oct 2011
North Carolina Symphony Blog
The North Carolina Symphony's "Bernstein on Broadway" concerts that took place in Meymandi Concert Hall on September 23 and 24 were beautifully performed by the orchestra, vocal soloists and Maestra Sarah Hicks. The program consisted of excerpts f...
17 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
Well, it’s been a long week on the road, the orchestra is just now settling back into our homes in the Cities after our Common Chords residency up north in Grand Rapids ( Sarah wrote about it earlier in the week,) and I’m just going to go ahead...
12 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
For no reason other than I find it hauntingly beautiful, I give you Shara Worden and Signal , performing Sarah Kirkland Snider ‘s The Lotus Eaters. If you want to hear more of Snider’s work, this track comes from her latest New...
11 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
The Orchestra embarks on its inaugural Common Chords residency this week in Grand Rapids, MN . I arrived late Sunday night (as did a string quartet and brass quintet from the Orchestra) after a nearly four hour drive winding north from the Twi...
5 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
I’ll be honest. It took me a long time – a very long time – to warm up to Richard Strauss. No, not because of the whole “ Hitler’s favorite composer ” thing, though he certainly didn’t help his own image much during the war years. And not becaus...
3 Oct 2011
Inside the Classics
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m about ready for a break from the seemingly constant flow of terrible news. I’m not just talking about orchestra news, either. From the European debt crisis to the gridlock in Congress to the grotesque insanity ...
29 Sep 2011
Inside the Classics
I’m about to begin blogging more regularly as we head toward the beginning of the Inside the Classics season, and toward the MicroCommission premiere. I have a lot to tell you all about the piece and how it’s developing, and also about some of the...
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