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From One Orchestra To Another …

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


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Symphony Fantasy Camp

BSO AcademyThe envelope was large, brown, and addressed by hand.

“Dear Georgeann,

“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

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Violin to Viola: Am I Crazy?

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


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Lang Lang in Ann Arbor

Lang Lang played in Ann Arbor last night for the University Music Society, appearing with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach.

From the moment Lang Lang walked on stage, it was clear that the audience was full of his fans and that a rock star had come into the room.   Continue reading


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