Archive for December, 2007

Greetings from the Tundra!

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Hello all!  I hope everyone has had a wonderful Autumn, and that their December weather has not been too harsh.  I am in Cleveland at the moment, and yesterday was essentially a white blanket outside.  Unbelievable.

Hopefully, Christmas will be as picture-perfect as today…

As usual, life has been busy.  I’m getting ready for spring and summer performances, and that includes practicing Mozart A major again (it’s been a LONG time since I have played this concerto), Beethoven, Ysaye, the Brahms sonata cycle, Bach, and Dvorak.  However, since this is my vacation time, I am treating my workload with a fairly relaxed attitude!   I’m also trying to think of fun and adventurous programs for next year.  Any ideas, anyone?

Last Thursday, I saw the brilliant Broadway star, Linda Eder, perform at the Palace Theater in Cleveland.  Now, I may be biased as I sat in the second row, but she was superb in every sense.  Her projection, presence, and flair for the Broadway hits and carols both had the audience on its feet on more than one occasion, especially her eleven-o’clock numbers from “Man of La Mancha” and “Jekyll and Hyde”.  Everyone should check out her tour schedule at, and if you can make it, it will absolutely make for a memorable evening out.

Today (December 17th) is Beethoven’s birthday:  he is 238 today.  I doubt that I will do anything especially special today, but it’s nice to keep in mind.

This post is hardly incendiary or provocative:  it’s more of a still-alive-and-doing-a-normal-routine blog, but I promise the next one will be more juicy!  :)

Oh, food for thought:  should there be a “People Magazine” of sorts for classical music?  I believe it would be far more sordid and enjoyable to read than the ones featuring Britney and Lindsay….

Happy Holidays!