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29 Musicians Make A Wonderful Sound

Just back from Camerata Ireland’s performance at the brand-new Palladium in Carmel, Indiana.

Palladium Stage, Carmel Indiana

The view from our seats in the new Palladium in Carmel, Indiana

First of all, the facility is a winner.   Chuck and I bought seats in the choral terrace behind the stage, and they were great.   It was almost like sitting in the orchestra, with a full view of Barry Douglas conducting and nearly close enough to read the music on the stands. Continue reading

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A Joyful Noise: 294 Musicians Strong

If you weren’t there, I don’t know how to describe what it was like.

The Motor City Festival of Bands concluded Sunday with 294 musicians on the stage, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.    Dozens of clarinets, six bassoons, at least a dozen percussionists, and more brass than I could identify.    When the first piece began during the finale, even pianissimo filled the Dearborn Performing Arts Center with an awesome sound.   And when they broke out into full fortissimo, there’s no wonder that Leonard Slatkin was left breathless and said, “It’s kinda scary up here.” Continue reading

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