Monthly Archives: May 2012
Viola Judy and I have received our chamber music assignment for BSO Academy: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. We’ll be playing with Ivan Stefanovic, the Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Orchestra. Joining us will be our friend Deborah on bass (she played in our quintet last year) and a new cellist we have yet to meet. Ivan will be playing the First Violin part with us.
The good news is that the Mozart piece is delightfully familiar (a sample below), and is really not all that difficult to learn. Playing it well, on the other hand, is another issue! Considering Ivan typically plays Second Violin parts — the part I’ve drawn — I better get this one nailed!
A Reality of Midlife Music: Life Happens!
So here it is, eight months later, and nothing has been happening on the blog. That’s because a lot has been happening in other parts of my life!
Number One Excuse: The arrival of my new grandson! Liam made his appearance in February, and he’s the pride and joy of his parents and four happy grandparents. So, Chuck and I have spent a lot of time collecting airline miles in service of the newest member of the family.
A few musical highlights:
- Chuck has a concert on Sunday, May 5th at the Evola store in Canton at 2:00 p.m. His New Horizons group has suffered some personnel changes and is looking for players.
- I survived the Dvorak Symphony #8 under the direction of Nan Washburn with the OLPS Symphony in April. I missed a lot of rehearsals because of Mr. Liam — but did my best. We’re now in rehearsals for a pops concert. (June 10th, 3:00 p.m. at the Berman. Tickets are on sale now!)
- Viola Judy and I are heading back to Baltimore in June for another “go” at BSO Academy. At least two other musicians from Michigan will be joining us this year.
- Had a chance to see Barry Douglas playing with the BSO in the fall, under the direction of Vasily Petrenko – the hottest young conductor in Europe. Magnifico!
In all — apologies for being away so long. More insights coming soon.
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