Archive for June, 2007

The First Day of Summer, 2007

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Well, it is now the first day of 2007’s summer, and I am starting to get in the swing of things after a week of little productivity.  ENCORE commences on Sunday, and I play there with Anita Pontremoli the following week.  ENCORE is the festival in Hudson, Ohio founded by David and Linda Cerone, and this will be my sixth summer attending.  I must say, the performance space (the Western Reserve Academy Chapel) is actually THE most nerve-wracking place I have ever played–perhaps it is all the critical ears in the audience, and the history that that particular stage has with performing artists.  The quaint town, though very “Truman show-esque”, has a number of fine restaurants, and I end up frequenting the Starbucks and ice cream shops when the temperatures hit triple digits.  After five weeks at ENCORE, it’s off to South Korea to Hyo Kang’s Great Mountains Music Festival and School, when I begin working with Chee-Yun for the first time.  As that will be my first visit to the far East, I’m quite excited…especially for the outstanding Korean food I’m bound to have!  In between, I will vacation in northern Ontario with my grandparents for a week in July, which is always relaxing.  My family has owned a small island in a remote lake north of the Georgian bay for fifty years or so, with no electricity, phone service (a breath of fresh air, let me tell you…), and incredible weather, swimming, and sauna-ing that will be had.  It’ll be nice to “escape”, if only for a week or so.  However, it is high time I start being productive again–this past week, I took it easy and did everything possible away from the violin:  go out each night, visit a friend’s mother in a hospital, and spend time with a great friend.   At times like these, I must remember….violin goes in the left hand, bow in the right, the strings are G-D-A-E, and the Beethoven concerto is, in fact, in D major!

Best wishes for a fabulous start to everyone’s summer!!!!

~A


Moving Apartments; Beethoven Violin Concerto; Graduation/Birthdays

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Capping off a stressful spring has been a busy May. My apartment lease is up in about 120 hours, I haven’t moved a thing, and the place has music, clothes, and dvds strewn everywhere. I played a couple times this week at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens Biannual Flower Show, in arguably the most beautiful setting in Cleveland (well, there isn’t much competition), and have been working assiduously on the Beethoven concerto. It’s a daunting work…at times with this concerto, I feel as though I have dug myself into a hole and forgot to bring the ladder down with me. I’m giving myself close to a year to become fully comfortable with it before playing it with orchestra, as (I’m stating the obvious here) one shouldn’t take Beethoven Op. 61 lightly. Additionally, I am going to begin practicing piano again, as I am accompanying the studio of my first violin teacher at their recital downtown in a couple weeks. I have always enjoyed wearing the hat of a pianist, as I get that opportunity so infrequently. In two months, I move out of Cleveland, though I haven’t settled on an apartment yet…I must get on that! I’m going to miss the familiar sights and sounds of this…unique city. I will especially miss those associated with the orchestra and institute…it’s certainly a close-knit community. Graduation was just held, and I enjoyed walking across the stage in a cap and gown. Saying goodbye to the Institute and ENCORE will be hard. This may potentially be the last summer for the ENCORE School for Strings, and that in and of itself is astronomical–the festival that David and Linda Cerone founded during the summer of 1985 has been a training ground for a veritable “who’s who” of violinists: Leila Josefowicz, Hilary Hahn, Stefan Jackiw, Lara St. John, Ellen dePasquale, Robert Chen, Ryu Goto, Sheryl Staples…the list is endless. Before ENCORE begins though, I have a birthday, and I am deciding on how it will be different from any other. Hopefully the “National Enquirer” won’t carry the details!!! Anyways, my birthday coincides with a certain celebutante/socialite beginning a prison sentence, so I doubt anything will top that…Anyways, this post is rambling, but I wish everyone well, and hope that the transition into summer is painless and enjoyable!