I’ve been thinking a lot about tempo lately.
Some of the thinking has its roots in the music I’m struggling to master for next week’s BSO Academy. I’m starting to get my fingers and bow around most of it — but at half-speed. I’m nowhere near as fast as the recordings I’ve been listening to of Hindemith, Rimskey-Korsakov, and now the Dvorak String Quintet in G (my designated chamber music piece – 2nd violin). And the thought of trying to play as fast as the music demands fills me with terror. Continue reading
It’s finally starting to seem like spring in Michigan, despite another snowstorm this week. (No snow at 6am, 3 inches on the ground by 10am, but only a few patches here and there by dinnertime …)
This time of renewal has also seen a lot of musical activity. Continue reading
First, the news.
I have a new job and a new title. Senior Vice President, Content and Community Engagement, at Detroit Public Television. I’m working on plans to address DPTV’s five key issue areas: Energy and Environment, Leadership, Arts & Culture, Health, and Kids/Education. Continue reading
Sunday morning. Slept late. Groggily pulling myself out of bed, when Chuck sticks a newspaper under my nose.
His picture. Huge. In the Farmington Observer and Eccentric. Playing his saxophone with the New Horizons Band. Continue reading
The envelope was large, brown, and addressed by hand.
“Congratulations! After careful review of your application, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is pleased to offer you admission to the second annual BSO Academy …”
I’m in. Continue reading
2011 has started in a rush, and it’s already a week into February!
Just back from the 2011 Sphinx Competition, which featured final performances from the Junior Division this year. Congratulations to Alexandra Switala, who captured the first place price with a passionate, charismatic performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5 in A Major. Her animated performance stole the show from Annelle Gregory, whose more restrained classic performance was gorgeously rendered, but which left her in third place. My row, however, was rooting for Xavier Foley, the young bassist who captured second place while bending in half over his instrument to play notes in positions never intended on the bass in his performance of the Dittersdorf Concerto in E Major. Continue reading
Last week, when a group of musicians gathered to play together in a friend’s living room, I learned that some of my acquaintances get together every Saturday morning and play string quartet music. I was invited to join in, and in the process learned that the group was about to lose one of its viola players. At 93, she’s decided she just can’t keep up any more. Her departure is a blow, since viola players are traditionally in short supply. Continue reading
This past Saturday, October 16th, was a full-immersion music day, and boy, was it fun!
About two dozen musicians gathered at the home of Judy Moslak, one of the founders of the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society. Judy has just obtained a beautiful two-manual harpsichord, and it sounded wonderful as the group played a number of selections from Bach. Continue reading
It’s been a busy summer, and I’m just now coming up for air after spending a few months getting my new business going. This blog has been sorely neglected – for which I apologize. But along the way, I’ve made a number of very cool and fun discoveries, which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.
I left CBS last week after nearly 20 years.
Today, the State of Michigan approved my LLC. So as of today, Herbert Media Strategies, LLC has been born. Continue reading