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New YouTube Orchestra Announced

Australia will host the next edition of the YouTube orchestra, and musicians have until the end of November to submit their auditions.  The Strad had an article announcing the competition.   Selected musicians will play with Michael Tilson Thomas at the Sydney Opera House next spring (or is that fall down under?).   Continue reading

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Barry Douglas: A Key Source of Personal Inspiration

Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas

Chance encounters can change your life.   That’s what happened to me when I encountered Barry Douglas, almost by accident.

Barry Douglas is a world-class pianist from Ireland, who skyrocketed to fame in 1986 when he captured the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky piano competition. Continue reading

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At Midlife, It’s Not a Competition …

There’s an important difference when you come back to music in midlife compared to when you were in school. The point now is to do it for fun.  At this point in our lives, it should not be a competition. Continue reading

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Pint-Sized Inspiration!

Had an opportunity this afternoon to attend the finals of the Sphinx Competition.   It’s my second year at the finals concert of this amazing program, which hopes to change the face — and expand the repertoire — of American orchestras by including more people of color and more music written by African American and Latino composers.   Continue reading

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